Storm Alex

This morning Iโ€™ve been watching the footage of the storm damage in France. An orange-roofed chalet clings impossibly to the side of a sheer mountain, a grey slash showing the path of a landslip, a slither of tarmac on a literal cliffhanger where a road once ran. In another image a lorry I initially mistook for a toy buried in the debris of the high tide mark on a beach, is submerged in thick mud, only part of the cab visible. The clear-up operation will be enormous and my heart goes out to all those affected. We seem to have got off fairly lightly here in the UK. The worst that happened to me at work on Saturday was that I couldnโ€™t get a patientโ€™s keybox to open my hands were so slippery with wet.

Yesterday we layered the kids up in their all-weather gear and went out anyway, never mind the gales. We slipped and slithered across muddy fields, holding onto our hoods at the top of a big hill. The cows eyed us warily, clearly assured of our madness, while they sheltered on the lee side of the trees. We picked up an apple each, being offered for free at a farm gate. Wren took great delight in jumping in huge puddles in the lanes, splashing us all. Wet and windswept, but rosy-cheeked and exhilarated, we returned home for hot chocolate by the woodburner, very thankful for a warm, dry house to come home to. 

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2 Responses to Storm Alex

  1. Evy Browning says:

    I’m very glad that is behind us. Getting to work the very short walk that it is was a battle & eventually the umbrella was in utter danger of flying off with me holding onto the handle – at that point I decided I’d be better off without it. So, arrived with raincoat dripping making the entrance thoroughly wet & tried not to drip on anything remotely resembling a book. The mop had to come out before we locked up. Like you I was SO relieved to get into a nice warm house. Amazed you managed your walk, no wonder the cows were doubtful………

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