Uh oh, Ophelia!

It’s really creepy and eerie here today, almost as if a storm is coming….oh wait, one is.

I’m not sure if, in my lifetime, I’ve ever experienced something like this before. Schools are shut, there are warnings in place for public transport, and as a result I’m on my way home, to ensure that I actually can make it home.

You’d think that I’d be delighted at the prospect of an impromptu day off, but actually I’m not. I remarked earlier that I don’t really want to be sitting at home listening to my old (but lovely) house creaking in the wind, or wondering if my next door neighbours trees are going to fall on it. There’s also the fact that if Ophelia doesn’t live up to the hype, then I’ve a mountain of work I could be getting on with….I know right, what a nerd!

Walking round the streets this morning was like walking through a ghost town. Everything was so quiet and there were hardly any people to be seen. It wasn’t much better on the way back only the wind had started to pick up by that stage and I was met by a few leaf spectres as they rose up and danced in front of me.

It makes me feel uneasy, because I have no idea what is coming. Last time I felt like that was when there were parade related troubles here. Then the streets were eerily quiet only I was stepping around burnt out cars and buses, something I don’t see on a normal day.

Other places deals with these kinds of winds on a regular basis, here, well it’s not something we’re used to. Along the coastal areas we do experience high winds, but not any that get this much TV coverage, let alone named.

Perhaps reading the constant updates is not something that I and my anxiety riddled brain should actually be doing. Well, not when there are duvets to hide under anyway.

When I woke up this morning it was so calm and peaceful, apart from the rain. I almost wondered if they had got things mixed up and the storm was headed for an alternate universe instead.

Now though, the skies are ominously grey, the winds have picked up and the calm waters of this morning have become angry. White horses race for the shore, but not with the grace and elegance as seen in the Guinness adverts.

Later that same day…..

I made it home safe and sound and for the most part the day looked as if it was going to be like any other, at one point there was even sunshine. That said I wouldn’t have been venturing into the garden to hang my washing out, the size of my bloomers I’d have been in Scotland in the blink of an eye.

The Fathership, crafty oul shite that he is decided that same as I had an unexpected afternoon off, I should spend it clearing out his letter drawer, the same one in fact, that I swore I would never do again after the last time due to the fact that he never puts anything away at the actual time. Ah well, it’s done now I suppose.

Now the wind is picking up again and we’re to expect severe gusts through the night, but all in all up until this point it has not been too bad for us. Phone signal, TV signal and internet aside, sometimes living in a dip has it’s advantages. Southern Ireland fared the worst, sadly with the loss of three lives.

Through it all though Irish humour won the internet, with many commenting on the fact that schools, offices and businesses were closed, but all the pubs were open. It calmed my anxiety to read all the tweets that had been give the #Ophelia.

Hopefully the worst is over, so I’m away to hide under the duvet after all, but only because it’s bed time.

Stay safe out there eejits, where ever you may be : )

20 thoughts on “Uh oh, Ophelia!

  1. I’ve read another blog about the storm on the horizon or is it there now?
    Make sure you have the fathership well anchored is what I’d say. Either that or give him a pair of your bloomers so he can fly to safety…..
    Take care of you Juls, storms are always scary…

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  2. I’m glad you got through OK. Here on the east coast of the US this is something that we’re sort of used to except that you never really get used to it. Back in the 1970s I remember standing in water running along the street up to my ankles; that was the year the canal next to the Potomac River going into DC washed out and there was water up over the treetops on parts of the strip of land that divided the two water courses. It took years to get that fixed. And a few times a decade since, something whacks the US coast south of here and we just get a shit ton of wind and rain. Sandbags against every door down by the docks. Which don’t really seem to help much. It’s good that everyone took it seriously; in this town, where people all take THEMSELVES too seriously, everyone thinks they have to go to work, or to the drugstore or something, in the middle of blizzards and ice storms and the like and it ends up with stranded cars and stupid rescue calls. We could stand to do it the “ghost town” way for a change.

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    • Problem is though, this time they took it seriously and for most of us it was just slightly higher than normal wind levels. We’re expecting another storm this weekend apparently, so lets hope they don’t take this one not as serious, and then get caught out, if you know what I mean.

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  3. The unexpected and unprecedented can really shake and rattle things up – and yes, eerie when suddenly the “local world” shuts itself up in preparation and the unknown. At least you’ve manage to come through it without too much bother and fuss, although clearly other places weren’t so lucky.
    Keep your feet on the ground and rocks in your pockets though, because unless you’ve requested a specific trip to Kansas, it’s better to be prepared. (As in consider basic needs like water and tins and food for 72 hours in case of emergencies etc.)

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      • as long as you’re safe and alls well – just hang onto something solid, like a lamp post or a good looking bloke 😉

        I’m hanging in there – enjoying the weird and wacky weather this side o’ the pond – at the moment, we’re experience “heat” – warmer than seasonal temps and sun, so all hail and welcome to 19C when it should be more like 12C! Shiver me timbers and all that – the damp does a number on “old bones” 😉

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      • That it does, my knees would agree. We seem to have have little else than damp this year lol
        As long as the snow stays away!!
        I took tumeric tablets a little while ago for the joints, it did help. I haven’t for a while though because I have a memory like a sieve and forget to take them lol

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      • I totally agree with the snow staying away – ugh – and the damp is a killer! Tumeric does help – I use in in food – the spice – and it does help – but I go through phases and forget too, besides, it’s not like it can flavour everything well. Tabs certainly would be a better option, but like anything else, too much and it stops being effective – so “on/off” is actually a better approach – but it’s supposed to be “scheduled and planned” – LOL – but then, “listening to the body” usually is a good indicator of what needs to be done.
        Hope you’re weekend is wonderful and you get a chance to actually rest up ((((((((eejit)))))))))))))

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      • LOL – well my reputation *must* proceed me 😉

        I hope you have a good day at work and aren’t too stressed out and tired for the rest of it – take care and indulge in warm comfy p.j.s. and cozy creature comforts 😀

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