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Saturday, 26 January 2013

It's definitely winter

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!

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  1. Amazing difference just 40kms away -we have heard the thunder but had very little rain so far. Haven't had the heating on for 4 days. I bet our village house is sodden.

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    1. I'm always amazed that this short distance makes such a difference to the weather we experience. Although perhaps our awful weather is on it's way over to you...hope not!

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  2. Sorry to hear the weather has been quite so dire, Ayak, and I hope it improves soon. Mr A's plans sound very interesting and it seems like a very productive use of his excess energy. Let's hope the weather lets him carry them out soon.

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    1. Well there wasn't a chance of getting anything done in the garden today Perpetua. It's been bucketing down all day so Mr A retired to the teahouse.

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  3. AND you will get lovely fresh eggs, although I reckon the eggs you get are probably really fresh anyway. I do love a good storm, especially when I am tucked up indoors

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    1. Yes I am looking forward to the eggs Carol. I like storms too. If it's not blowing a gale I quite like to sit out on the balcony and watch.

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  4. You must be looking forward to getting the chickens almost as much as I am looking forward to hearing about them

    It has been bucketing down on and off all day here - we were lucky to avoid a thorough soaking at the market though, at least, this week, I was not struck by a runaway parasol.

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    1. It's been dreadful here again too Hilary. Tonight the storms have started again and I'm losing internet connection every 10 minutes. Our phone has been dead for 3 days and we are still waiting for Turk Telekom to sort out the cables.

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  5. Looking forward to seeing photos of the transformation. Stay warm and dry... that duvet sounds good. Jx

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    1. The duvet has been the best thing today Janice. I promise to take some photos eventually, if the rain holds off long enough to get it all done. xx

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  6. Weather not very nice either - we have had snow, winds, heavy rain, thunder, lightning - you name it!! What have we done to deserve this little lot?

    I'm all in favour of hibernating - how about you?

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    1. Yes awful weather Eddie. I'm very much for hibernating at the moment!

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