Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Nothings Gone with the Wind

Well would you credit it, the night I wrote the last blog entry we were forecast with severe weather warnings of winds up to 100 miles an hour in the Western Isles.
So we went out battling the already picking up wind and moved everything that was practically movable.
The trailers were moved over by the caravan as there is more shelter over there from the hillside.
The doors were battened down the cattle & sheep were indoors all snug.
The electric went off for a short while and the cows were mo-owing when all the byres went into darkness.
Once the lighting came back on they settled down, the young calf was frightened as he had not experienced anything like this so it was all new to him, he snuggled in with his mum for protection poor wee crater.
The thunder rumbled and banged over the top of the house at about 3:30am and the whole sky lit up, you could see everything in the virtual false daylight, the dogs were running about the house barking with fear, we put them in the bedroom with us, just to reassure them everything was going to be alright.
The wind did pick up but not as much as we thought it would, we have had worse in the past.
We lost a couple of slates from the roof but nothing major to speak of.
I went off in the car still in darkness the next morning and I was met by the cattle trailer in the middle of the road, it must have broken free of the tether, the wind pushed it about 20ft up the road before it came to a stop.
My husband came and pushed it of the road out of harms way, no damage though that's the main thing.
Anyway all the animals were okay no harm done, and everything is back to normal, except one of the lights on the side of the byre over the cattle crush, which we use when the AI man comes around seems to have blown to bits and come off the wall?
That's another job I will have to catch up with when the weather is more settled.
Electricity is my job, plumbing my husbands, so we seem to be able to cover most of the repairs between us, no need for outside contractors unless it is beyond us.
When you are working a croft or farm you have to be more self sufficient and be able to carry out some of the work yourself, or you will just be a constant dripping bucket, every penny as they say is a prisoner in this economic climate.

1 comment:

Anonymouse said...

Hello Anne,
despite not being "registered" previously as a follower I wanted to let you know that I have read your blog with great interest from its inception. You live in a place that I have visited several times and admired for a long time so it is an education to be able to read of what it is like to live there year round. I just wanted to encourage you to keep on with the blog as there is at least one enthusiast enjoying it