Today we have severe gale force winds with gusts of around 65 mph. A bit of a let-down after yesterday's bright, sunny weather.
P went to visit a friend this morning to play chess so I was home alone, but the weather provided me with a little entertainment.
As the gusts grew stronger and stronger I looked out of the window to see that the sturdy plastic lockable garden store that our neighbours, Mr & Mrs Three-Sheds. had left lying around in their garden was being blown around by the gusts. As I watched, it was sent tumbling head over heels towards our boundary. It is quite a large, heavy duty box so the sight was pretty alarming. At one point it became lodged against the fence, then another gust lifted it into the air, ripped off both doors and flung them over the fence into our garden, where they rolled over and over before becoming wedged against one of the apple trees. The box was still leaping and bounding in the air, trying to vault over the fence to join its doors.
Eventually the doors shook themselves loose from the tree and continued their journey towards our greenhouse. I grabbed my wellies and strode out across the bog patch that used to be our lawn. I managed to wrestle with the doors and dragged them up into the workshop beneath the house, locking them in for safety.
i returned to the house and nervously watched the box as it continued its frantic efforts to leap over the fence. Suddenly, a particularly strong gust of wind picked it up and tipped it unceremoniously over the fence - into our other neighbours' garden where it lodged itself amongst their shrubbery. Phew! A lucky escape.
When P returned home he told me that the road back from Peel was strewn with wheelie bins and other detritus from people's gardens. Quite a danger to traffic I would think.
The winds are forecast to die down overnight, but I wonder what damage will be wreaked in the meantime.