Today’s guest picture was taken by my flute pupil Luke’s mother. Sharon works a few miles out of town and has had to drive through bad conditions. This is why we stayed in today.
The weather wasn’t quite so bad today as the forecast suggested but we abandoned two possible excursions and stayed quietly at home. I have got past the age when driving in heavy rain and strong wind in the dark is a challenge. It is more of a nightmare now and I avoid it if I can.
The morning was mostly dry but very windy and after a short session on the bike to nowhere in the garage, I went out for a walk rather than face the gale on two wheels.
There was growth in the garden….
….at the side of the dam behind the house…
…in the park…
…and this cheered me up as I walked along in a fine drizzle.
There was plenty of water in the fields….
…and the farmers must be having a really hard time.
I had a look at Skippers Bridge as I passed over it to see if yesterday’s flood had made the damage worse. It looked much the same to me.
They had hoped to do some temporary repairs earlier in the week but the conditions were against them. I did notice a large rock at the foot of the damaged cutwater though….
…and wondered if that had been dropped in as a basic protection rather than washed up by the storm. The trees were added by nature I would imagine.
The bridge parapet was home to some very attractive lichen as always.
There were many others too.
The persistent drizzle didn’t make lingering very attractive but I did stop once more when some decorative decay on a tree stump at Lands End tempted my camera out of my pocket.
The day got windier and wetter and I spent the afternoon indoors adding choir songs to the computer so that I can get some serious practice in. It is not so much singing the parts that is the problem as our conductor has chosen pieces well within our range but remembering the words and the music at the same time. It will come.
We are now getting warnings of even heavier rain, stronger winds and then snow so at least I won’t have any excuse not to learn the songs properly.
For the first time, the Met Office started giving personal names to storms at the end of last year. They started with Storm Abigail on the 10th November and we are currently about to enjoy Storm Jonas. That means that they are coming along very nearly at a rate of one a week. I think that they should stop naming them as it only seems to encourage them.
The birds didn’t like the weather at all today so no flying bird and as I didn’t have two in my hand, one in a bush will have to do.