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  • Abigail

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    On November 13, 2015 • By

    I am currently sitting in my living room, cream bun in one hand, phone by my side, laptop open and a headtorch on.  Why the last one? Well we have a powercut.  Abigail came and went and didn’t deliver, although something has obviously affected the power network this evening, as it went off at 5.40 and isn’t due to return until 9pm.

    I may sound a little indifferent or disappointed by Abigail, and I suppose I am.  Firstly, I am glad that it appears no one was hurt as a result of the storm, and that I’m not aware of much damage locally.  I checked things a couple of times last night, but it never came close to worrying me.  I rarely venture outside in a storm, but felt quite comfortable doing so last night.


    The egg-stent of my damage

    My concern just now is the apparent increasing over-reaction we get from the media, whenever there is a storm forecast.  Last night saw winds hit around the 80mph mark, up and down the North West.  Yes, that is windy, but it’s something we are used to here.  The coverage Abigail got was ridiculous; you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the worst storm ever to hit here. It wasn’t.  The worry is that people are going to start paying less attention to warnings about storms and then potentially be caught out by one.  On the night of the 8th/9th of January this year, we had winds of 113mph recorded in Lewis.  This was the worst storm I’ve experienced (worse for me than the Jan 2005 storm) yet it was classed as an ‘Amber’ warning by the Met Office – the same as last night!  Abigail was probably a combination of it being the first storm of this winter, and the first that had been given a name by the Met Office, hence the media coverage.  What is totally forgotten in all this, is that we had 71mph (unofficial station) wind speeds recorded on Monday, and we have similar wind speeds forecast for this Monday.  I await with baited breath to see what the news declares.

    Anyway, back to my cream bun.

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  • A hell of a day

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    On March 6, 2015 • By

    I’m sitting on my bed at 8pm, just having had a shower and feeling exhausted. Today was an unplanned day off work and I expected to take it reasonably easy, but that wasn’t to be the case.

    We had a gale today, probably 60mph gusts throughout the afternoon, with strong wind and heavy rain all day.

    The ground is totally soaked after relentless rain and is really tough on livestock

    Yesterday, I got a load of big bales delivered, so I took the tractor out for the first time in 2015 and moved the bales to the appropriate fields. All was going smoothly until the tractor got stuck in reverse! Not one to give up when I’m in a working mood, I finished job while drivinng backwards.

    Next, I checked the livestock. One ewe, scanned for twins, was on her back, and had probably been so for several hours.  I righted her and took her out to my parents barn. I noticed a wee bit of blood round her rear, so I phoned the vet to be safe.


    The vet gave her the usual injections but also left me some pen & strep to administer over the next few days.

    Fortunately, the blood around the rear was a peck or two by a crow, and not the beginning of her aborting, as I had initially feared. I had hoped it was a peck, but you always fear the worst!

    When he inserted the digital thermometer into her, she was so cold it didn’t get a reading. Looks like I got to her in time. She had a heater beside her for most of the afternoon and was eating when I checked her around 7.

    While the vet was leaving, I noticed 2 hens, who were standing around looking very sorry for themselves.  They were outwith the hen enclosure and totally soaked. They were so cold, they couldn’t move and didn’t look like they’d last long.

    I took both out to my mother and we both sat in front of the fire, drying them and trying to warm them up. I left them with my mother and went to feed the sheep. When I came back,  I was SHOCKED at what I saw.

    I’m so surprised at how well, and quickly, they’ve recovered. They’re in the barn tonight and will be back in the hen house tomorrow.

    That’s not it though, there was also a recently-acquired lamb that was suffering from exposure too. It spent the day between a heater and a heat lamp! It too will be kept inside for a few days.

    Predictions then are then that hens are fine, the lamb should be ok but I’m worried about the ewe. She’ll need some TLC.

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  • Weird weather

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    On February 22, 2015 • By

    Yesterday was a very strange day. At 9am, it started snowing and we had total whiteout conditions

    So I prepared for a long weekend of feeding animals, only for the snow to disappear and be replaced by bright sunshine!


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