Sunday, 31 January 2016

The Calm before the storm.

Today there is not a breath of wind.   It is dull and the air is damp.  We went out to Sunday lunch - six of us - Hawes in Wensleydale.   Four came from the West side of the country and we of course from lower down the dale.   And what a delicious meal it was - a choice of roast beef, roast lamb, roast pork and roast turkey.  All with the correct trimmings of cranberry, horseradish, mint or apple sauce.  We were there for two hours of good food and jolly company and we are now home again, the wood burner is lit and the farmer has just taken Tess for her afternoon walk.

Now we must savour this quiet because Henry is on his way and he will be noisy again.  I find the noise of the wind so very tiring.

No more food to get today - just a cup of tea, so a nice, peaceful evening.

18 comments:

A Heron's View said...

Well, good for you that the winds have abated because there seems to have been no let up between the so called two storms here; just a continuing howl of wind for the last three weeks and though becoming tiresome it is better to have them during the winter than later in the year.

Jenny said...

Well done for getting out and about, I walked down for the Sunday papers and that's all I've managed. It was wet and dreary out but at least calm and just a few hours of January left.

Derek Faulkner said...

You certainly seem to enjoy your meeting, greeting and eating Pat. Seems like most days that you are out and about in cafes or other eating establishments.

Rachel said...

I think the naming of storms is daft. It is starting to make people who don't live here think our weather is worse than it is. We always have winter wind and rain. We will be through the alphabet every month and back again if every Atlantic storm has to have a name. To all those reading from abroad please be aware that we always get winter storms, every year and this year is no different to any other.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Unlike you - I adore the sound of wind - so long as it is not destroying things. One of our most memorable vacations was spent in Brookings, Oregon in a motel on the beach. The wind roared and lashed the ocean - we kept our sliding glass door open at night and had to get up and close it because the foam from the waves was blowing in onto our bed. The sound was amazing. The next morning there were Coast Guard rescue boats practicing their surf rescues - it was amazing - at times the boats were completely hidden from view behind the huge waves. We walked on the beach until our legs were exhausted from walking against the wind and then the wind kindly pushed us back to our motel. Enjoy your break in the weather. We have storm after storm hitting up the east coast of the US - biggest snow storms since 1950. I'm glad we are out west where it mostly rains and blows.

donna baker said...

Been wonderful weather here the last few days, but another winter storm tomorrow. Back in the terrible Dust Bowl Days here in Oklahoma, it is said that the wind drove people literally mad. Days dark with the sun blocked from sand storms and drifts high as the rooftop, children with silica in their lungs and sick. Seems impossible now, but Mother Nature is full of surprises. It would have driven me crazy too.

Sue in Suffolk said...

I'm glad the weather was OK for your meal out, hope all your hatches are battened for Henry!

Bovey Belle said...

I must say any novelty storm after storm might ever have had (don't think it did hold any for me) we must all be well and truly fed up with them. That's 8 SINCE they started naming them, which was in December wasn't it? What about all the others every couple of days before that?

Sorry you have to take your hearing aid out. The biggest worry here is the fact that so much rain accompanies these storms and is hurled against the gable end wall, which never gets a chance to dry out . . .

Joanne Noragon said...

I lived through a two day blizzard with howling wind. That once was enough for me.

Librarian said...

Hopefully, noise will be all there is to Henry, and not too much damage or loss of lives.

angryparsnip said...

I am so happy to hear you were able to get out and enjoy a wonderful dinner with your friends.
All the choices sound so lovely, now I am so hungry.

cheers, parsnip

Totalfeckineejit said...

Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm. What a perfect day, and that food menu has me salivating!The wind (the meteorological kind)is very unnerving (well I suppose the other kind is too)especially at night when you can't sleep, which in my case is every night.

Wilma said...

Glad you didn't have to cancel your outing for the 3rd time!

Frances said...

I'm glad to hear that you and the Farmer did manage to meet your friends for a delicious Sunday lunch.

Today was unseasonably warm here in NYC, which encouraged me to walk to work this morning, and walk back home this afternoon. Melting has reduced last week's blizzard to a very dim memory.

I like Rachel's comment about the rather unnecessary naming of winter gales, etc. It it's necessary to double back through the alphabet before springtime, it will fun to see some doubling up of the naming process.

Adam's Apple, Betty Boop, and so forth.

xo

Robin Mac said...

So glad you were all able to make it to that wonderful sounding lunch.
I hope you do not have too many more winter storms, the wind sounds horrible. Our really bad storms come in summer (now) over here. No cyclones on our side of the country so far, and Mackay has missed out on the thunderstorms as well. I don't want the wind and the destruction but I would love some of the rain.

Gwil W said...

It'll come over Anglesey if Tudors are involved. Henry VIII, eh. Hope it doesn't disappoint :,)

Heather said...

Enjoy the lull. It was very noisy here last night and continues this morning. I too find it tiring but it could be worse. Glad you could meet up with your friends and enjoy their company.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks everyone. Eight storms so far - and Rachel, the farmer can never remember that many storms in one winter here before - nor this much rain either. At least today, although it is fiercely windy it is also very sunny. I find without my stick iI can't stand up.