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“Tut, Tut, looks like rain”
― A.A. Milne

It’s almost natural instinct to go out with the camera after a storm now, and whilst my intention wasn’t to try and get shots for the local newspaper this time – it was still to try and document how the country is suffering somewhat, with the current weather situation. Much of the County (Hampshire) still remains without power along with several other coastal counties further East of England. The storm is heading towards Scotland now whilst also giving North Wales a bashing – here’s hoping it dies out on the way up.


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Last night was supposed to be bad, but it wasn’t as horrendous as Monday. We kept power and the bins and a few bits of loose garden bits were thrown around but other than that, it was fairly quiet. The flooding hit today, particularly in places like Bournemouth. We headed to the New Forest where the story was much the same, flooded roads, trees down and broken fences.


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Lepe beach was suffering particularly with the beach road closed although a few vehicles braved the flood waters to travel along the coast. The Isle of Wight was just visible, but the weather improved as time went on and gradually a few people started to brave the conditions. Whilst the storms bring chaos for many, they provide good conditions for others, as this wind surfer proved….


Christmas was warm and cosy. Lots of presents were given and received and nobody was disappointed! In fact we tested a brand shiny new Go Pro camera this afternoon whilst out in the Forest, perhaps footage will make its way here soon so all those abroad can see why we keep visiting with the camera! I can see that come January 1st it will be a battle to tear myself away from my new Kindle Paperwhite in order to do the daily blog…but I shall triumph!



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“Storms come, and are so personal, they seem to know your address and have the key to your house.”
― Reverend Jesse Jackson

It was a dark stormy night, not a creature was disturbed, not even a mouse. Unless you include us, then sleeping was made very difficult by the storms that hit our fair shores! Newspaper weather reporters have for days been proclaiming 100kmh winds, but this time they were right.


Reports of around 60mph winds were to be recorded at midnight and we decided to venture out in to the surrounding area before they did arrive. The rain was heavy and the roads were flooded in many areas. Trees had shed many of their small branches, but bigger limbs had also come loose.


Driving on the A roads were just as treacherous. Lorries going in the opposite direction failed to slow down, even for the deepest of puddles (road lakes), throwing  all sorts of water on the windscreen making it difficult to see. We beat a hasty retreat home as the weather got even worse. The wind and rain lashed against the windows and the only other sounds we could hear were toppling wheelie bins and the odd ladder not properly fastened. Midnight came and so did the winds, if the house wasn’t made of brick I would of thought we’d have blown away! It got so bad that the power was knocked out… twice!


The morning was much calmer, but the damage had been done. Trees had been damaged and many lay in the roads. Most of the locals had got up early and cleared the local roads using cow sounding chainsaws. However, we had some errands to run in the afternoon and we saw many of the roads still hazardous to all but the hardiest of 4×4 driving locals.


In fact, we went Christmas present delivering to a family member who was without power since 6pm yesterday – possibly still is now if he isn’t reading this blog!


Many of you may know the meadow that appears in many of the blogs, well today it’s lived up to it’s name of being the water meadow….


Despite the weather though, Christmas continues and up and down the country relief efforts are underway for the harder hit areas. Luckily there weren’t too many casualties – fingers crossed Christmas is a quiet one this year.


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