Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The Calm Before The Storm

Met Office forecasters have put Scotland on an Amber warning as Storm Ali roars over.  So far whilst the it is wild it isn't as bad as anticipated here on the Isle of Lewis.  It was very much the calm before the storm yesterday as blue skies and very little wind allowed us plenty of time to prepare.  The small planters have been brought inside and any equipment put away, something that was needed to be done as part of our seasonal jobs anyway.  I left a chicken stew in the slow cooker overnight in case there were any power cuts today.  I could just warm it through either on the stove or on a little gas stove we have.  We have torches, candles and the radio all ready to go with plenty of batteries.  We have brought plenty of extra logs inside so that we don't have to brave the elements.





The freight ferry  cancelled both this mornings and this evenings service, whilst the passenger ferry departing this evening from Ullapool is liable to disruption or cancellation due to adverse weather conditions.  I am always interested to see how this affects the supermarkets.  I am thankful that we had done so much early preparation and our food cupboard and freezers are full.





28 of the 28 routes of Caledonian MacBrayn have updates most with disrupted or cancelled services, hopefully normal service will be resumed tomorrow.

See you soon.

29 comments:

  1. I thought about you while I watched the news, you sound prepared and hopefully it will settle more tomorrow. It does all sound rather cosy though, with the wind blowing outside with you indoors with your hot meal and logs burning xx

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  2. Certainly there's peace of mind knowing you have all you need. Hopefully the storm won't be as bad as expected. Prayers for safety.
    xx Beca

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  3. Hope your Island survives the storm. I have a penfriend on Tiree and it's windy there on a calm day! so I hope they are OK too

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  4. Fantastic waves. I love to hear the wind in the trees. Very windy here today.

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  5. Storms all over the place. Very good that you folks hunkered down well prepared and with tasty comfort food. Hope that all returns to calm soon.

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  6. My goodness the ocean looks wild there! It sounds as though you two are very prepared. Now you can just huddle in and do some crafting. I will be praying for you my friend. Blessings, Betsy

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  7. Looks like you are prepared when the storm blows by. The sea looks quite angry and gorgeous at the same time. Stay warm and cozy and enjoy the time inside. ♥

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  8. Sounds like you are very well prepared. Please be safe!

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  9. Since we have just been through a hurricane, I have a lot of empathy with you and your neighbors. It seems you are well prepared and I hope you will be safe and cozy as you wait it out.

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  10. Thank goodness you are so well prepared. I hope the storm doesn't get too bad. We've had high winds here today, the gazebo which has been secure all summer finally succumbed and became uprooted from it's anchors so we had to take it down. Be safe.

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  11. Beautiful ocean photos even if they bring a little disruption. Hopefully it will be only a little and not to bad to knock out electricity.

    I wish you were my neighbor! I'd know who to come borrow a cup of sugar from. You make me want to get my act together. Somehow I seem to manage to stock up on the wrong things.

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  12. Such angry waves! They look terribly frightening to me. I can't imagine the ferry will get out and about in such a storm. You are wise to have prepared early. Your home sounds like such a wonderful place of refuge.

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  13. I looked at the wind map this morning and thought of you weathering Ali. I'm glad you had time to prepare. Being stocked up with food and other necessities brings peace of mind.

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  14. Amazing pictures of the wild waves crashing. I'd love to be there to see them IF I could be sure I was safe.
    How comforting it is to know you have everything you need on hand and can sit by the fire and wait out the storm.

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  15. oh my goodness - keep safe - you are in my thoughts xxx

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  16. I'm very impressed with all your winter and storm preparedness. I hope you don't lose electricity! Be safe. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. I've been thinking of you especially with these storms raging. It sounds as if you're well prepared. We stayed indoors yesterday because of the strong winds. Do stay safe and warm.

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  18. Batten down the hatches and stay safe until the storm has gone. Take care. Let's hope it's soon on its way.

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  19. I hope you are safe up there MM.
    We haven't had it too bad really....or at least not as bad as I expected.
    Hugs-x-

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  20. I see you are well prepared !
    Be safe !
    Hug
    Anna

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  21. Sounds like you are well prepared. Stay safe and warm:)

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  22. stay safe and I hope all is well!

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  23. Always good to be prepared. Stay safe and stay warm! We are having cooler weather and plenty of rain.

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  24. That sea looks choppy. Glad you're all prepared, it definitely makes sense.

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  25. So glad you had and heeded the storm warnings! I remember the magnificent crashing waves during storms in our time living in Crescent City, CA. Awesome! One time my youngest daughter and I were out driving during stormy weather and when we parked the car and opened our car doors at home a gust of wind hit and blew against the doors permanently damaging the hinges!

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  26. Dangerous, but beautiful nonetheless.

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