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(Storm) Dennis the Menace

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MawB Sat 15-Feb-20 15:23:16

That’s it!
A quick foray to Waitrose and I have returned with the DVD of the Downton Abbey film.
Please do not disturb for the rest of the afternoon/day grin

PS How are you seeing out the storm?

AGAA4 Sat 15-Feb-20 15:29:17

Staying at home with a good book and texting people to check they are ok. It's wild out there!

merlotgran Sat 15-Feb-20 15:34:00

I hope you don't have a power cut Maw grin

MawB Sat 15-Feb-20 15:39:35

I would rig up a generator and a hamster wheel for Hattie Merlotgran !

tanith Sat 15-Feb-20 15:40:30

Just me and 15yr old Granddaughter gotta run out for fish and chips as promised later though, I might take the car rather than walk 🌬💦 in this. I hope everyone stays safe.

Charleygirl5 Sat 15-Feb-20 15:44:12

It has rained in NW London but the wind at present is mild. I did move my bins yesterday in preparation. I have a feeling it may hit here late evening and tomorrow.

tanith I fancy fish and chips- no vinegar for me please.

rafichagran Sat 15-Feb-20 15:48:53

Just come back from next town. I drove there. I bough a few things so will not have to go out again this weekend if I do not want too.
Partner had a bad accident so cannot go out, so got him a collection of the free papers to read.
Had to detour as 3 fire engines and a police car blocked the road. Seems a large tree is in danger of falling and that is on quite a busy road.
Despite the weather I had a walk as sciatica is bad, so now at home, lying on the settee with steaming tea and 3 pillows propping my leg up. I am going to read a book on my kindle while partner is watching athletics, the indoor one's.
It could be worse. Make sure you all stay safe.

tanith Sat 15-Feb-20 15:49:06

Charleygirl5 👍

MawB Sat 15-Feb-20 15:51:03

Sorry to hear about your partner’s accident Rafichagran - hope he is on the mend now.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Sat 15-Feb-20 15:55:45

I'm staying in as per usual with the newspaper and the crossword, telly later if no power cuts. I'm hoping the storm will not be as bad as the last one and that it dies down for tomorrow morning.
Ciara blew over my little shed which is still lying on its front, (door trapped beneath) and it scattered chairs and bins over the lawn. Trivial compared to some poor souls.
A dear friend who calls herself a 'cheeky-chops' has rung the local garage on my behalf - they'll put it upright again as they have strong men and machinery. Fingers crossed.

MamaCaz Sat 15-Feb-20 15:55:48

More tiles have just come off our roof in the wind- still waiting for repairs after some came off last weekend.
Can't actually see where these latest have come from!

Apart from watching/listening for more damage, I hope to spend the weekend tucked up nice and cosy indoors.

I thank my lucky stars that flooding is about the last thing likely to affect us here. I can barely begin to imagine how awful it must be to have to deal with that and its after-effects sad

Witzend Sat 15-Feb-20 15:57:10

Went to Asda earlier, so stocked up with essentials. Vast pot of spag bol sauce on the go - have 2 nieces on half term from boarding school to feed as well as us.

Sofa and Kindle for now, but later shall watch my recently found DVD of Love and Friendship, a wrongly titled version of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan - the story of a classic scheming baggage, so should be fun! - but I’m rather afraid it won’t match up to the book.

Daisymae Sat 15-Feb-20 16:00:01

Just a bit windy and wet here. Might start the Downtown Abbey box set Christmas present now that you have reminded me!

merlotgran Sat 15-Feb-20 16:10:30

I've just rented Downton Abbey on Prime to watch later this evening after the final of the Masked Singer. It was nearly £14 to rent two weeks ago so I resisted. Today it's £4.99

That's a bit cheeky!

rafichagran Sat 15-Feb-20 16:10:33

Thankyou Maw I agree with Lovebeigecardigans there really are worse off. Even with Sciattica I am still Robust,struggling now as even a little cough affects it, that said I did see some people struggling when I was out, and I do know some of you will find it difficult with the wind.
Enjoy your fish and chips with your Grandaughter Tanith I dont eat fish at all but your post has me hankering after Chicken and chips with a pickled onion and plenty of salt and vinegar.

EllanVannin Sat 15-Feb-20 16:18:16

As yet, nothing to get excited about here in the North West. No gales as such, the odd shower but looking murky at the moment which could be a sign of what's to come I don't know.

Callistemon Sat 15-Feb-20 16:21:55

It was pelting down here with sharp gusts of wind; the rain has eased in the last 15 minutes but the wind is worse.
I'm in the conservatory so viewing and listening to the weather but in the snug and warm, feet on the heated floor!

Well done going for a walk rafichagran, I should have done the same to ease mine (not nearly as bad as yours but very annoying) but I had sewing to finish.

Oh goodness I've never heard the conservatory rattle like that, even with Chiara!
shock perhaps I'll go in.

Stay safe, warm and dry everyone.

Urmstongran Sat 15-Feb-20 16:38:15

I’m in, cosy. Reading and disappearing down the rabbit hole known as Gransnet! Just made a cuppa and watching the rain - it’s bucketing down here now in South Manchester! Gusts of strong wind now too. Happily we are snug as bugs.

Enjoy your DVD Maw!

Yiayia4 Sat 15-Feb-20 17:22:28

Very windy and heavy rain here in Surrey.
Very warm and
cosy in the conservatory,yes a nice chilled Rose would make it even better.

callgirl1 Sat 15-Feb-20 17:46:40

Very rough here, was going into town this morning, but my son told me not to, I`m glad he did!

GagaJo Sat 15-Feb-20 17:50:12

Oh blimey. I have to fly back to work Monday, but so far, flights to my destination have all been cancelled. shock

Oopsadaisy3 Sat 15-Feb-20 17:56:04

Very windy here, took dog out for second walk, but she wasn’t keen, DD2 and nephew have arrived for dinner, DD is staying over, no stables in the road so far this week! Trees are very bendy which I hadn’t noticed before and a mirror tile just fell off the bathroom wall.... which is bizarre.
DD1 did a Beach clean up and says that she feels as though she has been sand blasted, now home soaking wet and is checking the level of the river close to her cottage, it’s high but she is a tad higher.

Stay indoors everybody and stay safe

BBbevan Sat 15-Feb-20 18:25:12

Horrendous here and haven’t been out all day. The wind is gusting and making the house shake, Our windows are covered in salt crystals. We are bread less, fruitless and by morning milk less , so will have to venture out to the Coop, which is near. Supposed to calm down a bit by 10 tomorrow. Here’s hoping . Keep safe everyone

merlotgran Sat 15-Feb-20 18:25:47

Very rough here. Candles and gas lamps at the ready just in case we have a power cut.

I've also downloaded the latest Simon Serrailler on to my Kindle. I got caught out last weekend when we were off for nearly three hours. Nothing to read sad

G&T going down nicely. grin

Cabbie21 Sat 15-Feb-20 18:38:05

Windy but not too bad.
Worked on family history this afternoon then ordered a take-away . It has just been delivered and it is the wrong order! Nothing I like and three times more than we ordered.

Buffybee Sat 15-Feb-20 18:52:38

Very blustery and lashing rain here on the foothills of the Pennines.
Thank goodness for central heating.
Hope you enjoyed your film Maw, I looked after one of my Grandsons overnight and we decided to watch a film, with him choosing, so I was expecting Spider-Man or some-such and he chose the most fabulous film,
Private Peaceful, from a Michael Morpurgo book he’d read.
Well worth watching if you get a chance.

MiniMoon Sat 15-Feb-20 18:58:23

Where is it? It's been raining here for most of the day, and was rather blustery earlier, but it all seems to have quietened down now.
I'm just waiting for the final of The Masked Singer, and I have a pudding ready to go into the oven in readiness for DH arriving home from work at 8pm.

Alygran Sat 15-Feb-20 18:59:13

The storm has really stepped up here. Sky TV signal has been lost. Rain battering on the windows. At least it held off for my trip to York today.

farview Sat 15-Feb-20 19:00:20

Very blustery here too and absolutely torrential rain..Horwich way.....wind slightly different direction than last weekend and seems to be doing more damage..can see the felting from the shed roof on the patio..glad we had a new house roof on recently!.....stay safe everyone...and dry!!!

Fennel Sat 15-Feb-20 20:19:00

I had planned today so that I didn't have to go out. But nothing dramatic up to now. Maybe worse to come?
I don't mind the rain, it's the gusty winds I don't like, as with last week's storm.
S. Tyneside

Roses Sat 15-Feb-20 20:26:05

Water been cut off for quite some time, makes you realise how we take it for granted

Callistemon Sat 15-Feb-20 20:33:08

It's better to have three times your order Cabbie but a pity there was nothing you liked.

I wonder if there's someone near you who has received a third of what they ordered.

Pity the poor delivery driver in this weather!

DoraMarr Sat 15-Feb-20 20:38:24

I brought the chairs and little table off the balcony, and then the wind dropped. It seems a lot calmer now- no rain. ( I’m in Birmingham.) I’ve put the chairs in the guest bathroom and I’ll give them a good scrub tomorrow, so every cloud.....
My mother and sister in Suffolk are prepared with flasks of hot water, hot bottles in beds, and candles, because they often have power cuts. There are emergency lights here in my apartment building, both inside and out, but we don’t often get cuts. I’ve got two good books on the go, and something to prepare for Tuesday’s Italian group, so I’m going to watch a film by Gianni Di Gregorio.
Take care, everyone!

BlueSapphire Sat 15-Feb-20 22:14:37

I have been in all day, while it has raged and stormed outside. Finished my book club book (Alias Grace) and then watched a Doris Day light rom-com on tv this afternoon (Move Over Darling), and am not even contemplating going to the rugby tomorrow afternoon. Have two more recorded films to watch on tv then DD and her DH can come over and install my new set top box in a couple of weeks.

Callistemon Sat 15-Feb-20 23:07:41

It's getting worse, I can hear it blowing down the chimney.


M0nica Sun 16-Feb-20 22:27:19

This morning we had an automatic phone call from the Environment Agency warning us to be ready to evacuate as the stream running through our village was now so high that properties were in danger of flooding.

Thankfully this doesn't affect us, our village is a succession of little humps of slightly higher (a metre or so) land surrounded by lower land that floods. All the older properties, like ours, are on the higher ground, plus Brunel ran the Great Western Railway slap through the centre of the village and the slightly raised embankment of the railway stands between us and the local stream. For some of those in newer homes on flood plain, it must have been a worrying day.

I do not think any houses flooded and the stream level has fallen slightly, but we had more rain this evening.

merlotgran Sun 16-Feb-20 22:29:24

The blighter's come back!

I was looking forward to a good night's sleep. angry

Anniebach Sun 16-Feb-20 22:35:44

I had a telephone call this morning from a lady who lives at the top end on the small Cul de Sac where i live, she asked if i
was ok and said she had to leave her bungalow in the night, water had got in.

I phone a neighbour this afternoon to ask if the lady was alright. 1.30 this morning a fire engine was here emptying drains, the flood water got into 11 bungalows, it missed the row
of seven where I live, the bungalows are council sheltered housing for the elderly and disabled.

Callistemon Sun 16-Feb-20 22:42:20

Oh goodness! Stay safe, Anniebach
Have they given you sandbags?

I just worry that they don't clear the drains regularly. The river used to be dredged by shipping companies going up to the docks. Now the docks are no longer in use and no ships go up, the river has silted up so has less capacity for the water to flow down to the sea.

NfkDumpling Sun 16-Feb-20 22:59:49

It’s lovely that someone thought to check that you’re ok Annie. It must have been quite scary.

It stopped raining here mid afternoon but the wind has got up again and keeps rattling the letter box and our bedroom is on the noisy side of the house. I’ve just had a hot chocolate with a touch of rum so I hope to sleep through it. Hopefully everyone will have a safe night.

blondenana Sun 16-Feb-20 23:32:44

Very lucky here i think, a heavy-ish shower this morning, fine and dry but not windy this afternoon with a bit of pale sun.
Nothing as bad as i expected
Yesterday wasn't bad either, went shopping and to my favourite fish and chip restaurant with my daughter, for a belated birthday lunch
So sorry for the people who are suffering though

Fiachna50 Sun 16-Feb-20 23:46:37

Anniebach, hope you are ok, nice that somebody checked on you. BlueSapph, Im at this very minute reading Alias Grace for the 2nd time. It is a book I love. Have been reading it off and on today. The weather was windy this morning. I went out for a paper and a coffee. Right now and it's late, the wind is really severe, no rain. I'm hoping it has all blown through by tomorrow.

MawB Mon 17-Feb-20 04:02:31

I can usually sleep through anything but something is blowing up and down the path beside the house and it is irritating me!
Possibly only some plastic flower pots (hope it’s not the shed) but although I am awake, there is no way I am gong downstairs and outside to see what it is!
Earplugs perhaps?

M0nica Mon 17-Feb-20 11:16:53

I hope you are OK *Anniebach. As I posted yesterday we have a flood warning from the EA warning of the imminent possibility of houses flooding in our village and yesterday we saw at least one house that seemed in danger.

I have been out to inspect the roads around us. Most have clearly been flooded, but the floods have now drained away and thankfully none of the water reached any houses. The only remaining flooding is close to us and the lowest point in the village and the EA are everywhere in the village clearing rubbish away from grills and sluices so that the streams will carry the water away.

Fennel Mon 17-Feb-20 11:39:14

Glad you're ok Annie, and good that you have a good neighbour. I was thinking about you in S. Waleswhere it's so bad.
We've been lucky up to now - we're quite high up on the S. bank of the Tyne so we get high winds, but the rain drains downhill

Anniebach Mon 17-Feb-20 13:50:30

Thank you x

The warden just called, 12 bungalows flooded, carpets and flooring ruined.
I don’t know the people but I do know one has M.S. one lady
is carer for her husband who has dementia, all are elderly or
elderly and disabled and I can’t help .

A landslide on the by pass so HGV have to drive through town, such narrow streets.

Heleicopters had to get people out of a village 8 miles from

Anniebach Mon 17-Feb-20 13:53:49

Forgot, my dogs and I slept through the fire engine clearing the drains outside my bungalow, and flashing lights of police
cars !

M0nica Mon 17-Feb-20 16:44:24

Just had a phone call from the EA to say our flood warning has been withdrawn, big sigh of relief, but the rain clouds are already building up again.....

Callistemon Mon 17-Feb-20 16:46:57

One sharp shower today but there has been quite a lot of sunshine. It's still windy but there are many flood warnings still and further north of here - which means the water will still keep coming down the overflowing rivers.

BBbevan Mon 17-Feb-20 18:14:00

Beautiful day today, though cold and breezy. Garden is saturated and lots of daffodils have been battered down .

BBbevan Mon 17-Feb-20 19:27:14

Hope you are warm and dry Anniebach Wehave all had a bit of a battering in Wales.