Powerful wind last night. Was woken up around 4am with some ferocious gusts from the north-west which is quite unusual as we are in a south-facing bedroom. Seems there was raucous thunder accompanied by lightning which was the wake up trigger. Mid winter inactivity has hit hard so little being done. Due to only a couple of twos booked in for the last two nights I have bailed from the Inn as well, and tonight a carry out of fish and chips meant even no cooking. Managed a an hour or two in the woods carrying some branches out with son No 1 and filled the van up twice so both fires will be burning for the rest of the winter. Lovely pre storm view down the glen late afternoon.
This morning, a high tide with more than a breeze, it looks like the Ardhu folks will be cleaning salt of their windows.
Cut a few blocks of wood with a cold but beautiful back drop
and took them back up to Kenny and Jill’s and had a wander round with Dougal to have a look at some of the storm damage. Considering how stormy it was there was relatively little. But these old trees look so sad lying in unnatural positions.
They have seen so much in their time and I suspect most of them are of a similar age so we will be seeing more coming down if these storms keep coming along as forecast. There were a couple of dingys in different places and the deer shore fence pushed over
but it was mainly the trees that took the hits. There was one across the Beechwood path again
and the Drive up to the Big House was and will be blocked off for a wee while.
Plenty wood fuel supply on the go in the short-term at least.
Got an interesting email from HC about the 2011 census which told us that we have lost another 25 folk since 2001 and the total is now below the 200 mark at 197. Wonder if this is the first time in many centuries this has occurred. And over 35% of the population is over 60 years of age and over 40% of the households are single occupancy. While not to decry an almost full employment community and a wonderful place to visit there are worrying underlying trends.