Excuse the black spots – camera doesn’t like being pointed at direct sun.
We have had worse storms since we moved here three years ago. Nevertheless, wind gusts overnight and this morning probably topped 50mph, possibly as high as 60. (Update: at 8.48 the wind seems to have picked up again.)
I’ve quickly checked the vulnerable garden and allotment bits and pieces. Oh, and the house is standing and not (I think) leaking.
- Greenhouse: okay
- Salad cloche: check, a bit battered, but holding
- Cabbage and broccoli netting: still standing
- Broad bean cloche: weighed down by rocks, hasn’t moved
- 20 foot eucalyptus: swaying but erect
- Back fence: ouch
Slight bit of drama from Monday.
As it’s coming to the end of the financial (and holiday) year, I’ve had a few days off and I’m doing the same next week.
Not that the weather was up to much.
It’s been windy. Well, it’s always windy in north Devon.
Thursday was a whiteout. Friday was better although the ground was still icy and not easy to dig. I had to dodge showers on Saturday and Sunday. But, Monday was best despite a brisk breeze.
After half-an-hour of pottering about, I suddenly noticed that the shed on allotment 6 had blown over! It must have happened over night in the gale. Yes, I’m unobservant.
Allotment rules prohibit permanent fixings, so Jim had just placed the wooden shed on a temporary foundation of breeze blocks. Obviously, the weight of garden implements was not enough to hold it down.
The shed was at 45 degrees, resting on a couple of steel drums that Patrick uses to collect water. It was still in one piece though some of the planking had cracked.
Due to my feebleness, I had to wait until Arthur showed up an hour later to put the shed upright. Feeble or not, if I had tried it myself, it might have tipped over the other way.
And, that’s one of the reasons I don’t want a shed or a greenhouse on my allotment.
It’s been snowing. Not nearly as bad here as elsewhere in the country, but very pretty all the same.
Amazingly, I’ve just seen a gritter lorry. The village road is not a through route and I’d doubted we’d ever see any gritting. But, with more snow forecast, getting to work tomorrow still looks a challenge.
The year 2008 is the International Year of the Potato and the United Nations is running a potato photograph competition. They don’t specify whether mashed or chipped will be acceptable.
Meanwhile, the village will once again be holding a charity potato growing competition. For £1 you get a seed potato, pot and some compost. At the village fete in July each crop of potatoes will be weighed. Last year, Bill won (under guise of his grandson). Bill wins every “biggest” vegetable prize, including the pumpkin competition.
This week’s gales brought down the price of electricity.