Today I am very thankful that the hurricane came, passed by and did not cause us any problems. Truly thankful and grateful. I am saddened for those who have suffered damage and loss of life however.
The trees at the end of our garden have been a cause of stress this year for me, due to the neighbours getting in a pickle about them, so I was very worried in case any of them came down. When I got up at 6 am to have a look out of the window they were blowing from side to side in a way that I have never seen a tree blow before. Although there are lots of leaves, twigs and bits of branches spread around the garden, the trees stayed put.
When I went out this morning there were lots of leaves and some bits of tree down on the roads, but no full trees and no chaos or commotion.
It seems that almost every year that we have lived here we have lost one or two fence panels each winter, so I was expecting to find half the fence blown away, but although one panel has broken free from the post, all of the panels are still upright and attached.
The shed roof has not fared quite so well... It was going to be in need of repair and new roofing felt, which we had already discussed. Yesterday when the wind started to really blow it started to tear away the felt. Hubby went out and nailed some pieces of wood on the torn area and it has stayed put, so at least we can repair it when we are ready, not because there is roofing felt scattered far and wide across the neighbourhood.
Now, this is really strange, normally in even the slightest breeze our plastic recycling comes out of the bag, blows around the garden and gets stuck in all sorts of places. This time though it all stayed put. Nothing has moved. Weird huh.
Oh, and another weird thing, we had all this wind and rain - and believe me, it howled with wind here last night and this morning - how come all of the bits that hubby threw out of the door from the decorating cloths are still just sat here on the patio and have not moved at all.
So all told, a lot to be grateful for. Trees intact, fence and shed roof fairly intact, garden not shredded and no going round hunting for bits of plastic in the plants. There are still plants trying to flower and come into bloom - even after all this weather, amazing huh!
The birds appeared again this morning and had a mass munch on the feeders, so I have topped them up - I think they deserve it, don't you.
Oh, and little selfie because I noticed how funny I looked whilst I was out in the garden.
The sun is out, the sky is blue, the painting is finally done - that is another story - and we are safe and sound. I hope that everyone else has managed to be as lucky and that those who have not will be able to sort themselves and their homes out quickly and with the minimum of fuss.