No problems here in sunny spain 23 degrees and flat calm with no clouds at all (I heard that you lot!!!!!) Our friends had been over to see us for a 4 day break and flew back to Manchester a.m. yesterday.............should have landed 1.30 p,m. plane tried twice to land .....no chance, by now whole of plane was panicing, they diverted to Liverpool and eventually landed, everyone was sick (literally) and then the ground staff would not or could not take a set of offloading steps to the plane because of the wind. They sat in the plane for two and a half hours on the runway before the wind died down enough to get out. they thought that it was all over , but the bus sent to collect them and take them to Manchester was stuck for hours in the tailbacks from motorway overturns of lorries, they eventually got home at 9.30 p.m. At least on the ground you have a chance, in a plane, wow , it doesn't bare thinking about. Still hot here though..........Jim
The weather forecast is for more high winds tonight with gusts of 60 to 70 mph peaking about 5am just when my parents are due to land at Manchester airport. I hope they don't experience the same as your friends as they are both 80 yrs of age.
I'm hoping they don't close the motorway bridge at Barton again or I'll have a much longer trip to pick them up.
We have just got the power back on here in rural Suffolk. No damage to the house or garden but the power has been off for 26 hours. But, hey, we are caravaners and campers and so, what is the problem. We lit the wood burner, got out the candles, torches and rechargeable lamps and even dug out a camping gaz light from our tent days. It must be thirty years old and is still working well. After a few hours the generator was connected up to the freezer and fridge to keep them cold. Fortunately we have Calor gas burners on the cooker hob, so the kettle was bought indoors from the van to supply tea and coffee. Corned beef hash and a bottle of wine for a candlelit supper and then a very early night. No power this morning, so I hooked up the generator again to give the freezers a boost and then took it round to the next door neighbours to rescue their freezer. If push came to shove we could have moved into the van. With the Alde central heating, fairly full gas bottles and Mr. Honda to keep the battery topped up we would have been as snug as bugs. It takes more than a few gales to cause us caravaners problems. Clarky.
The wind is now from the Northeast and a lot colder than it has been. We had a little flurry of snow this afternoon here in Suffolk. Just a sign of what may be on the way perhaps? Think I'll go and light the woodburner. Clarky.
On Monday we had a filming trip on the Dover-Dunkerque ferry, delayed for nearly two hours when waiting to come into Dover on the way back - Dot found it a bit sick-making (although she wasn't, I'm glad to say). I just found it completely butt-numbing, and short of information!
It was quite rough, but the vin rouge stocks are back up to acceptable levels . . . .
On Tuesday morning, there were snow flakes on the window sill in Dover!
hi chris i like going by ferries just because you can get up and have a walk around and go to the shops, and when its very hot i catch the sun really well on ferries. im sorry to hear about Dot hope she is ok now...
Were the gales and snow of the last couple of weeks our winter?
Is winter over and done with?
It has been a lovely sunny day here in Suffolk. We started the day by logging the number of birds in the garden for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. At one time we had 16 beautiful Goldfinches in the garden at the same time. The Chaffinches are starting to sing and birds were looking very perky, with a lot of chasing about and pairing up. A pair of Bluetits spent a lot of time inspecting a new nesting box that I recently put up. We then drove over to the RSPB nature reserve at Minsmere where we had a lovely walk and spent a while in the hides. Most caravanners love the outdoors and nature. That is, after all. why we spend our holidays and leisure time in a caravan or motorhome. If you have never tried it let me recommend a walk around Minsmere or any of the many other reserves around the country. Walking through the woods we were watching Long Tailed Tits, Goldcrests and many others, often just above our heads and within just a few feet. In one of the hides we were looking out for the very shy and rare Bittern, but he kept his head down and didn't want to come out to play. There were, however, several Marsh Harriers soaring above and looking for lunch in the reeds below. One brave Crow started to mob one of the Harriers and even took on a pair of them. Since the Harriers were far bigger than the solitary Crow I thought it was being a bit foolhardy, but it kept up its attack for ages and appeared to live to tell the tale. All in all a brilliant day and to round it off we are going to a nearby pub tonight for a meal and a pint of Adnams in front of their roaring log fire. Clarky. PS. It's my birthday today so I needed some consolation prize for reaching the very ancient age of ??
I agree its been a lovely day today my hubby has been out side with our next door neighbour, as he has car troubles, we also saw very large starling on our back garden grass loads of them. lets hope there is no more snow, I'm not so sure for Chris as he is off to Scotland ;D
I do hope you have had a lovely birthday have a pint on me ;D