Stormy Weather

28th October 2013
We battened down the hatches on Sunday evening, aware that the forecasts were giving warning of a potentially damaging storm. Our preparations included moving the horsebox away from its usual parking place under the Field Maple, charging up the torches and filling several jugs and the bath (for flushing the loo)  with water - this because if the power goes off the filter pump from the well shuts down (though we could draw water from the well with a bucket, it would all have to be boiled though).

Stormy Clouds - and a Rainbow over the Taw Valley
The storm hit at about 3.20 a.m. with the sound of pouring rain and a high wind waking me up. I lay listening and the wind grew stronger and louder, whooshing down the valley and roaring through the trees.

I heard something metallic clatter (turned out to be the step ladders blowing over) and I heard a branch snap. More gusts. I got up looked out the windows (couldn't see a thing, it was too dark) went downstairts, met a cup of tea. Adam was up - he & Kathy were OK. No alarming sounds from up the stable-yard, so we guessed all was OK up there.
No idea how or when the storm cleared off - I fell asleep straight away when I got back to bed and didn't wake up again until about 7.30.

No damage to report, apart from quite a few branches and leaves down, and every so often there's a gust of wind and s downpour of rain, which quickly clears...

Bright skies between the black clouds

.... it rains again ....

... and then this over the back garden!

To see a rainbow, you must have the rain.


  1. Lovely Pictures....lovely thought...

  2. Glad to read that you are safe and no serious damage to house and property!! Gorgeous photos of a stormy sky and a rainbow!!!


  3. Was a bit scary when the wind whooshed past - but the house is very solid, so it was also a bit exciting. I'd rather not have such excitement in the early hours of the morning though - daytime is much better for storm watching! LOL


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