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The great British weather…

It is snowing here in Yorkshire on the Pennines  – it began as I came home from work tonight and the combination of un-gritted surfaces, freezing temperatures and the rush hour created chaos on the slippery roads.
This is not the only place to experience bad weather in the North – at the weekend we went to Scotland and saw first hand the devastation the raging gales and storms had caused last week around the Mull of Galloway.  The coast road along the peninsula had been hit so badly that it became impassable for a time.  As you can see from the picture below where it was once all grass verge the rocks and pebbles from the beach have been tossed by the sea and now lay strewn across to the road like an extension of the beach.   The road has been cleared and is now passable when the sea is calm like this  but if the sea is a bit choppy you might not want to risk driving along here in case you get struck by falling pebbles amongst the spray.

Storm damage

On the other side of the road this farmer had a stone wall here before the storm – the sea has all but demolished it.  He has collected the remnants of stone into the pile you can see in the field presumably to rebuild

Storm Damage

The caravans near to our cottage are almost teetering on the edge with a closer sea view now than they might have wanted!  Previously it had been possible to drive a car in front of this one.

Caravan site damage

The banking that falls from the farmers field to the beach on the other side of our cottage has been badly eroded by the sea in one day and look at the rocks that have been tossed onto the ledge.  Further along a huge piece of banking has slid away.

Disappearing Banking

For all this devastation I still love the bleakness of the winter beach, the grey subdued colours and the sense of complete wildness.

Winter Beach

In contrast come and have a walk around our cottage garden –  most of it is quite sheltered on a good day as it is only when the wind comes off the sea that it can be a bit breezy.  The Fatsia is still a glossy green and the little hideaway birdhouse is a perfect shelter for the Robin – unfortunately I cannot introduce you as he doesn’t appear to be at home today. 
Round by the Herb garden the Chives are already springing in to life.

Herbs Feb 2014

On the Woodland trail the Bluebells too are springing up everywhere…


and Snowdrops


and Primroses peeping out above the fallen leaves Primroses
Along the mossy stream bank the Daffodil buds are swelling and…
Stream Bank Feb 2014
across the stream in the field Fred the Pheasant is stalking the Wood Pigeon!

Fred Feb 2014

On a very sad note this tree stump in the foreground is all that is left of a Silver Birch tree.  It hasn’t blown down in the storm far worse…someone has gone purposely into our wood when we were not around and cut it down and removed all the wood.   As we have piles of logs everywhere that could have easily been taken for burning it is thought that this tree may have been taken to use for wood turning as Birch wood has a distinctive grain.


The worst thing is that we will not be around in 30 years to see any tree we plant now grow to this maturity.

15 thoughts on “The great British weather…”

  1. Glad to hear that you have not suffered damage from the storms but awful to read about the birch tree. It is difficult to protect a woodland but yours seems clearly fenced.
    Love Fred!


    1. After Scottish Power had a go at the trees at the top of the wood they paid to have a stock fence put round. Then we had the gales in November 2012 which blew 10 trees down and since then it has left no shelter for the remaining ones and each winter a couple more go over. Soon it will be a treeless wood!! I am heartbroken that someone thinks it is OK to just go and chop a healthy tree down.


  2. How sad your final photo is – some people would take anything. Here we hear that people’s homes which have been left as the inhabitants have had to evacuate have been burgled even though they are surrounded with deep water! Love the scenery where you live and sometimes I like the fact that Nature is stronger than Man although that is easy for me to say when I haven’t lost my home!


    1. The sea has a power of it’s own and won’t be tamed by man and I think we should be mindful of its power. I think we tamper with nature too much sometimes and nature has a way of taking care of itself. I am however so sorry for those people experiencing the floods it must be soul destroying to see your home destroyed. We are mystified by the stolen tree!


  3. Arrrrgh! Can’t understand the mentality of some people, how annoying. The weather is certainly getting all the headlines this winter. We’ve been incredibly lucky – although the daughters would like some snow – but it’s a huge worry for so many people. Glad you’re safe and sound.


    1. I could send them a snowball or a slab of ice – the kids here had a great time last night sledging down the hill on the sheet of ice that had formed. It has all gone now as we have a raging winds outside with lashing rain. Perhaps tomorrow will be thick fog or brilliant sunshine – then we will have gone through the whole range of weathers in one week!!


  4. You have a beautiful garden with some lovely signs of spring. I am sorry about your tree- what a selfish thing for a person to do. Keep well in this freakish weather won’t you? x


  5. The last time we had snow was March 2013. I think it has rained almost every day since a week before Christmas! Damp and dreary are the words that sum up where I live although we have some respite today with sunny spells in between the showers! Many repairs are to be made due to the wind but they will have to wait until better weather and finances permit! Take care. x


  6. We’ve been reading about the heavy flooding in the UK. It’s scary to see what the sea can do. I’m glad your little oasis is doing so well. It looks positively lush.

    Sending good vibes to you and the citizens of your community. Our governor declared a drought after one of the driest years in (the past 500). It seems too much or too little around the world.


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