Well the great storm has swept through leaving behind it untold damage in the form of trees down, power lines down, roads flooded and sadly two deaths. However much we batten down the hatches such storms will always find a loophole.
Up here in the Yorkshire Dales we felt none of it. According to the weather map the centre of the storm would be in the South of the country and so it was, although I think the Midlands also fared quite badly. However, up here, although we were told to expect very high winds and up to two inches of rain - none of it happened. We had only 10mm of rain and no wind at all. Today is a lovely, sunny, breezy day - so I must say that we escaped lightly.
An amazing coincidence happened yesterday when a new blogger commented on my post - when I found out that she lived in Wolverhampton, where I used to live, I e mailed her asking where. After a series of e mails we found out a mutual friend with whom she had lost touch - I was able to put them in touch again. It is such a small world isn't it?
This sort of thing happens all the time. Many times on holiday we have chatted to folk and found mutual friends, acquaintances etc. Once, many years ago now, we were standing on the edge of an iron ore mine on the border between Russia and Norway and we got chatting to a lady standing next to us. Within a few minutes we found out that her sister lived just down the road from us and we knew her well. Whoever it was who said that we are all only six people away from knowing (was it the Pope? I have forgotten) was really quite right. And that is only with the contacts we actually make - think of all the folk that we pass in the street who may have some connection and we never know it.
Towards the end of this week Margaret (Thousand Flower) and her family are coming to call and to stay overnight - now that is a connection one would never expect to make - literally the other side of the world. Any further round and you would be coming back. I am so looking forward to it.