|A pre-storm rainbow|
Facebook and local networks were warning of ferry cancellations tomorrow and maybe Saturday. Schools are closed to pupils tomorrow. Though many folk will still have to try and get to work. However the first storm is expected to pass by mid-day tomorrow, and we have some respite before the second storm arrives on Saturday.
I was out giving the hens extra rations before it got dark this afternoon. And I gave Charlie the barn cat a whole tin of food plus some biscuits in his usual place. He was nowhere to be seen but if he's hungry he'll find it! I'm not planning on surfacing till this first storm passes! Button has been out to do "the necessary" earlier today so I'm hoping she can cross her legs till tomorrow lunch time!
The chickens should hopefully be OK. The roof of their henny house is well tied down and there are some stone slabs on top of it too.
Their hatch in the door is always left open and as the wind is from behind the hen house I'll leave it like that. They'll stay put if it's too windy anyway.
There were hail showers coming in this morning....
And the lighthouse looked quite dramatic, lit by the rising sun
and the other half of the rainbow
Sun rising above the garden dyke (wall)
Up at the house the heating oil had been delivered by a neighbour so at least I will be warm - as long as power stays on!
Um yes both the pole to the left and the one to the right are slanting!! The pole on the left is our telephone network (as well as the green box). The dish is a microwave link from Stromness. Yes it's next to my house - it probably fries my brain - but who would know! Ha! So I'm hoping that stands the storm. And the pole on the right is the electricity cable - all overground on the island. Again - hoping that survives the storm. Given there won't be a ferry tomorrow anything that goes off will probably have to wait till the storms clear.... crossing all crossables (yes including eyes!).
Meanwhile - the cat flap is also "battened". Though the direction of the wind will be more on the other end of the house all precautions are taken.
And speaking of the cat... I mentioned bringing a spare duvet into the sitting room to sleep downstairs.... um...that is if Madam Button allows!
And out on the West Mainland of Orkney today some magnificent pre-storm waves. This photo was taken by Anne Flint.
See you on the other side of the storm!!