Monday, 13 January 2020

Season of Storms

The stormy weather continues with winds predicted today between 80 and 90mph for this afternoon.   The ferries have been cancelled and for the first time since we have lived on this beautiful Island all the schools are closed due to transport issues.  It would not be safe to run the school buses in such high winds.  We live on the Isle of Lewis which is a small Island off the west coast of Scotland, accessible by ferry or plane.  There is a freight ferry every evening and this has been cancelled too so no fresh goods getting in.  I have mentioned before how blessed we feel that we have an extensive store cupboard.  The walls of our cottage are really quite thick as it is made with stone and is over 100 years old so although we can hear the wind howling around it is not at all frightening but very reassuring.  We moved here from a small village on the East coast of England in Lincolnshire so we are quite used to the bracing winds.

We did manage to get out for a stroll late last week along the coast but not easy to capture the white froth of the waves crashing along the boulders.  The spray of the sea blowing quite a distance as the sea hit the coastline.





I must admit it was nice to get back into the car and warm up the wind was biting.


We continued into Stornoway to top up with supplies and admired the calmness of the harbour.  It is always such a joy to take a stroll and see the eclectic mix of boats both for work and pleasure.  The fishing boats are a real pull for gulls and can always be seen.



Gerard and I love to admire the leisure boats/yachts and choose one each time we visit to sail away in, what fun we have in the choosing.



 As far as a health update not a lot to report.  I am waiting for another CT scan to establish if the nodules on my lungs have grown or not.  I am monitored whilst exercising and a decision will then be made if any further action will be necessary to my heart.  Whilst still a little breathless the medication does seem to be working.

A little sewing and a few projects underway but I will share that on another post.

See you soon.






60 comments:

  1. hope the storms subside soon. We had crazy warm weather that brought gusty winds. I thought for sure I would lose power but did not. We are back at cold weather now.

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  2. I love this post but it made me feel cold, lol.
    My son lives in Ayr and its cold enough there but I'm sure its colder where you are.
    My husband has heart and lung problems, not nice but take everyday and make the most of it.
    Love the harbour pictures.
    Briony
    x

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  3. We are having high winds here in the SW corner of England, apparently it is Storm Brendan. I dont like the sound of the winds at night.

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  4. The harbour looks so peaceful, nothing flying about where it shouldn't, they must be so used to the winds and make sure everything is tied down carefully.

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  5. I know you've mentioned the wind on the island before but this must be something else if the schools are closed. Stay safe! Good news that the medication is working, I hope the CT scan goes well.

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  6. Wet and windy here too MM. I would certainly like your two foot thick walls right about now.
    While I love looking at the sea I am not very happy on it so I won't be choosing a boat. What a lovely picture the harbour makes though.
    I hope the medication continues to help.
    Hugs-x-

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  7. I read elsewhere, about a Storm coming. Wow, those are high winds!

    Glad you are prepared. Be safe!!!!

    Good wishes for your health.

    Gentle hugs...

    🔥💛🔥

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  8. Dennis and I do the same with the boats in the docks in Couer d'Alene. We choose the one we would like to live on. We do the same with camping trailers too. :-) . Always dreaming.
    I'm glad you two are well prepared for the storms you're having. Those winds sound ferocious to me. We had winds and snow this weekend, but nothing like your wind.
    I'm glad you're being monitored and the medication seems to be helping your heart. I'm praying that the nodules on your lungs will be gone when they are rechecked. With God, anything is possible.
    They upped one of my heart meds too and that seems to be helping somewhat. This getting older isn't fun is it? Love to you and to Gerard. Stay safe.
    Blessings always,
    Betsy

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  9. When the freight ferry is cancelled that is serious. Batten down the hatches as they say..and tie down the wheelie bins!

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  10. The weather is wild enough here. Stay safe and warm. X

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  11. I cannot believe the high winds there! Our house would be floating in the canal with such blowing! Love your photos of all the boats and lobster traps. Praying for good reports on the CT scan. xo

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  12. Thanks for the photos of your ocean and nearby harbor! I am so glad you are enjoying both ...and imagining what boat you could sail away in :) Your description of the winds you are being buffeted by reminds me of those we experienced on the northern coast of California. Like you, we were blessed to be able to stay cozy and warm even in the gales, but did I already tell you about the one day my youngest daughter and I drove out to a lookout point to admire stormy waves? Just in case I didn't... when we hopped out of the minivan when we got home a huge gust of wind came along as we opened our car doors and bent back the door hinges so much we could not get the doors to close properly and the insurance adjuster decided our car was "totaled"! I can appreciate why your island school classes were canceled. ❤️🙏

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  13. So glad that you have a nice safe place to wait out the storm. I hope your weather improves very soon. Glad that your heart meds are working and keeping you in my prayers that your nodules have not grown

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  14. This time of the year seems to be the one with the wildest weather. Our winds don't compare with yours but ferries to Vancouver Island are being cancelled and the bitter cold froze the water pipes in M's school so that's closed until fixed. He's very happy about that.
    Take care of yourselves!!

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  15. The contrast between the calm waters in the harbour and the wild waves outside is remarkable! I'm glad you are safe and secure inside the cottage. Take care. x

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  16. What a difference between the pictures of the sea and the harbour.

    I am glad you are nice and snug in your home.

    God bless.

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  17. I'm so glad you have a great home to shelter in against the storms of your island. I didn't realize the age of your cottage. You both are very smart to have a pantry full when the ferries don't run. I'll be praying for good news about your health.

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  18. Your home with its thick walls always sounds so cozy. Just what you need for peace and warmth against the atrocious weather. Hope that that all calms down soon. One does need fresh food eventually. Glad to read that you are feeling mostly well and staying busy.

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  19. Well first of all I sincerely hope your health issues get sorted! We are contemplating a move to the Isle of Lewis! Hopefully in two or three years.We too are from Lincolnshire, in Lincoln itself actually.Though I'm very familiar with the East coast. One love, Mark.

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  22. We've had a few days of wind and rain, but nothing major. It does get windy on our little peninsular. At the end of November the windy actually lifted the trike shed! John and I had a job getting some of the panels back into their slots and re-drilling and bolting it back down again. It's a good job John's trike is heavy or it might have ended up beyond repair. Take care and good health to you both. Best, Jane x

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  23. I hope you are feeling better. Looking forward to your handiwork updates.

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  24. I too was going to say, the harbor looks so peaceful. I'm sure the wind is scary. I can't wait to see what you're working on. Positive thoughts and prayers for your health.

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  25. I really love seeing the photos of your island. Stay safe!I hope the winds don't do too much damage!

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  26. Lovely photos of both sea and harbour. Hope your sturdy cottage keeps you safe from those high winds. It must be good to know that you have stores to keep you going whilst the weather is bad:)

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  27. Gorgeous photos. Those yachts look dreamy. Having a stockpile and warm home is so comforting. Wishing you the best with your health.

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  28. I hope the winds have calmed down a bit by now. It is still pure miserable in Glasgow but less stormy. I am glad that your cottage keeps you cosy and protected from the elements. I wish our house was built with thick walls, too... Fingers crossed your CT scan brings good news. Enjoy the rest of your week x

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  29. Finally I have time to do more than just occasionally read the blogs I follow. More "me time" is needed I have decided.

    I am sorry to hear of your health problems and am glad the heart problem is under control and just hope that the CT scan can set your mind at rest.

    Your cottage looks so cosy - we have very thick walls on our old Welsh farmhouse, but not totally watertight after 6 mths of what seems like non-stop rain.

    What a difference - the calmness of the harbour compared with those sea-horses pounding into the shores.

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  30. Good to hear the medication is working for you. Your cottage is looking lovely, thank goodness it was built to withstand rough weather. When I decorated my living room last summer I was happy with most of the items I already had but bought a nice small shelf unit and two side tables. I did watch Call the Midwife and thought the scenery was lovely but didn't know it was filmed near your home. Best wishes to you and Gerard. How is Mickey?

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  31. Those wind speeds are quite something. We have hurricanes with lower wind speed than those. I hope all those pretty boats will be safe when the blow is over. Stay cozy in your strong cottage!

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  32. I'm so glad you have those thick stone walls to keep you cozy and warm.. and also pleased that you have lots of food stores to feed you and fuel to burn in your cozy stove. We're also hunkered down with a dusting of snow outside. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  33. It looks bracing but I can imagine you need to be there to really appreciate the biting cold. Stay warm. Jo x

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  34. I do like the harbour photographs, wonderful scenes.

    Sending healing thoughts and prayers for your health.
    Take Care

    All the best Jan

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  35. I hope that you will be feeling better soon, Lorraine, and that the test results are good news. It certainly does look like unsettling weather and harbors are always interesting places.

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  36. I pray that you are healing very soon and you have the greatest news from your test results.
    When you used the word biting for the wind I knew exactly what you meant. It was like that years ago when I visited the lighthouse in Michigan and took a walk in the sand on Lake Superior, those winds were biting and it was just so cold.
    Betsy

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  37. So happy I found that you're back. I'll catch up this evening. I replied to your comment on my blog. I want to send your tea book, so please send me your address by email.

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  38. Hello, I will be praying for you also! Keep busy and pray and rest and live in the sweet present moment! I really enjoyed the photos!
    Blessings, Roxy Glad your warm and safe....

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  39. Please stay safe. We have noticed much stronger winds this past month. Never before had the bins blow over and so many tree branches down.

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  40. Quite the storm my friend! Hope it calmed down. Coast in Oregon had king waves. A friend of mine went over to take photos and there were many logs in parking lot that waves pushed up there. That is treacherous for sure. We've had chilly weather this week. Praying your heart stays strong and gets healthier. 🌷

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  41. Even with this awful weather, your island looks still so beautiful !

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  42. You live in a beautiful place. So nice to be able to get out and enjoy your stroll and sightseeing. Stay safe and hope your health will improve and wisdom upon the doctor.

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  45. I hope that it is nice and quiet now and that you are keeping warm. I love the photos of the harbor.
    Amalia
    xo

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  46. The harbour must be a fascinating place to stroll around and watch the sights of the many different activities as the boats go in and out or remain moored safely when the storms are strong. I can imagine your cosy home with the reassurance that you are in the warm as you listen to the sound of the wind and waves outside. I hope your health improves both of you. Every blessing.

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  47. Please keep us informed about your health, I can say I am very concerned and I know your other readers are as well. Glad you were safe and snug from all that wind.

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  48. It is so beautiful there...still like a fairy tale, but I can't even imagine 80 to 90 mph winds. And to think I have complained about the winds this winter...20 to 30 mph. Maybe I will think of you now when I am out feeding the animals in the wind. :) I am hoping for the BEST news from your next CT scan. Oh, your cottage looks so pretty! So nice and cozy too. I was just looking at your last post.

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  49. Gosh I feel a real grump moaning about the rain we've had lately and you've had to cope with 70mph gales.. but you're safe in your cosy cottage. Hope your health continues to be monitored and that you improve.. take care
    Every Blessing xx

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  50. hope all's calm now and you're feeling ok. Fingers crossed for good scan results. x

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  51. Wow...those fishing boats and cages are something else. Are you ready for spring yet? I am! I am sorry to hear about your health issues...I'm sorry I haven't visited for a while. I will pray for you, Loraine. Many blessings!

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  52. Oh wow Lorraine. I have been avoiding the internet for a few months and have only just discovered that you have suffered health problems. I'm sorry you are suffering. How do your lungs fare in the island air - is the fresh sea air helpful or is its chill detrimental? Good luck with your tests and I will need to catch up on all of your news that I missed. Take care. xx

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  53. Sorry to read about your health issues, Lorraine, which I hope will be resolved and/or remedied in time. That storm looked nasty, but the harbor looked surprisingly tranquil by comparison.

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  54. So sorry to hear about your health issues Lorraine! I will be praying that those nodules are taken care of!

    I do love the crab pots piled up on the harbor - just beautiful :)

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