The Wind And The Rain

After overnight rain on a morning of winds still over 50 m.p.h. I was blown around the garden while investigating the damage. The sunlight was very strong, but birds remained silent.

The pictures display a range of the comparatively minor disturbance requiring attention when the wind subsides. As usual, individual images are titled in the gallery.

All is not hopeless as shown by these further photographs.

The wind subsided somewhat but the rain returned this afternoon; petrol needs preserving, so I read some more of ‘Our Mutual Friend’ and scanned the next four of Charles Keeping’s skilful illustrations.

‘Mr Dolls collapsed in his chair’

‘Bradley went with him into an early public house’

‘She gave him her hand’

‘The old man looked distressfully at Fledgeby’

This evening we dined on hot and spicy, and tempura, prawns; served with Angela’s authentic sticky rice (supplemented with egg by Jackie) and spring rolls. Mrs Knight drank more of the Rosé and I drank more of the Cotes du Rhone.


  1. ‘Tis the wind that caused all of that knocking over of pots … we are holding thumbs for some scattered showers tomorrow. The strong wind has strewn leaves all over the garden – there is nothing left to spoil. I like the brick path and the view of your house.

  2. That must have been a very strong wind to blow down everything that was movable! What is the story with your petrol? Ours is quite expensive at the moment, but we haven’t seen shortages.

      1. I guess we have more important things to worry about, like whether or not we have a working government that can pay its bills by the end of the week! Our gasoline supply is affected by storms in the Gulf of Mexico, but not badly enough to cause shortage.

  3. I’m sorry that the wind has damaged your beautiful garden, Derrick and Jackie! Darm weather. Do you get significant snowfall in your area? Las Vegas sees plenty of windstorms during the cooler months, some can gut to 50-60mph which also silences the birds,

      1. Wow, that’s amazing to me considering how far north the United Kingdom is. Much more so than Michigan. That’s good though!

  4. We had wind and rain here last night, but nothing like that! It is still raining this morning. We probably won’t see sun again until tomorrow, but after this summer’s heat and drought, I cannot complain. 🙂

  5. So sorry to see what the wild wind wrought. 🙁 Hope all can be righted.
    I see the owls on duty still. That’s good. 🙂
    Maybe Mr. Dolls was on garden duty and slept through the action! 😉 😀
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  6. Wow! I see most of the pots and things that were blown over look light weight. How about tying the light stuff to bricks or something else? I think the weather is going to remain unpredictable in the future. I hope you find ways to wind proof the garden some more.

  7. A couple of Charles Dickens quotes for you Derrick …
    “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens
    “The wind’s in the east. I am always conscious of an uncomfortable sensation now and then when the wind is blowing in the east.” – Charles Dickens

  8. The wind keeps throwing in the odd sets of exercise routines for you and Jackie to follow. Rain could be adding its bit of movements in the scheme, calling for vigorous sweeping and tidying up. Perhaps it is an inevitable part of being gardeners. Too much of the elements could lead to frustration though. Thanks for supplying Keeping’s artistic gems.

  9. So nice to eat tempura prawns and sticky rice after the bluster of a big storm. I haven’t eater either for a long time, and I’m a fan of both.

  10. We’ve had our fair share of rain and wind over here, too. I can do without the mischief of wind, but I am nearly giddy with gratitude over the rain. Dusted off my rain gear, and wore it with a smile today. Autumn is definitely here! 🙂

  11. Just before the tanker driver problem was announced I gave Victoria a lift, she was running late but I needed petrol. “Mum don’t fill it up, just get enough for now I’m late as it is!” – And that’s a mistake I’ll not make again.

    I’m sorry about the garden chaos, we had wind and rain but nothing as damaging as your high winds.

  12. Weather seems to be the bane of many a garden…but at least you will be able to right the pots, sweep up anything that is broken…and then as you’ve replied to someone the rain was welcome.

  13. Oh boy! 50 mph winds?? So sorry. Hey, I hope that subsides for awhile and gives you a chance to clean that up. Glad it’s no worse! We’re spending today with my cousin in London. Life is beautiful. Hugs to you & Jackie! ?? See ya soon.

    1. I have to admit that we are rather dispirited because the weather is not letting up and we hoped to have the garden nice for you – still tomorrow is expected to be one good day in a string of wet ones. We are trying to conserve our petrol for at least one trip, too. Lots of love XX

  14. That’s about the windspeed we had with Hurricane Nicholas: enough to bring down some branches and toss things about, but not so bad right here. As you note, when wind comes with desired rain, a lot can be forgiven.

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