The unpredictable weather of the past couple of months has come to an end. We were very lucky this winter to have some glorious days of sunshine with temperatures up in the late teens.
This was followed by a cold snap when temperatures dropped to minus figures...followed again by days of warm weather.
The past week has seen gale force winds, rain and storms. We had terrific storms here for the last two nights which prevented us from sleeping. So loud was the thunder, it was like bombs exploding.
The torrential rain continues this morning. The winds have whipped up to gale force again and we now have hailstones, some of which are the size of golf balls. The wind has blown them with such a force at the windows, that if they weren't double glazed, I'm pretty sure they would have been smashed.
I'm snuggled up in bed under the duvet. There's little point in doing anything else. Mr A, however, hates being confined to the house, and he has started another project. He is landscaping (I use the term very loosely) the garden. The wooden fence along the driveway, which he built from scratch last year, has come down. This opens up the bottom level in front of the house, and there will be steps down to this area. When the weather is dry again, he is going to crazy pave the entire area, and eventually build a sturdy gazebo.
In the meantime, the wooden fence has been transformed into wooden frames, which will have chicken wire attached and will run around the entire garden, along the top of the dry stone wall which he rebuilt. Most of the work is being done in his shed, and the fencing will be erected if the rain ever stops.
The top end of the garden will be fully enclosed with chicken wire, and the chicken house is sitting there waiting for inhabitants. The end result will be a garden which prevents Poppy and chickens from escaping (whilst keeping them apart) and will stop other dogs, cats, sheep and chickens from coming into the garden.
It keeps Mr A occupied...and at least stops him building any more shelves!