Listening to: Candy Skin (Fire Engines)
Reading: A Clockwork Orange
Weather: Breezy, dry, very cold
Surf: About a quarter of what it was yesterday
Well, we got through the first of Mother Nature's big tests pretty much unscathed and today has been almost pleasant by comparison, although three hours in the veg garden and pig shed left me cold all the way through.
A few bits of rusty guttering were finally dislodged by the gusts which during the middle of the day were hitting 90mph, but that just saves me the bother of getting them down myself. Pigs, hens, dogs, cat, trainee pig farmer, house and outbuildings are all intact, although the sign at the end of the drive is now at a jaunty angle. I'll get down there with my big hammer tomorrow.
The only real casualty was the ageing laptop. The power went off at 5.30 yesterday while I was in the middle of trying to order some bits for the electric fence (irony). By the time the power had returned three hours later, then gone off and come on a couple of times more, it seemed too much for the poor old thing to bear and it came up with ERROR 24 on the screen and refused to budge, even when I used my full technical knowledge and unplugged everything and plugged it back in again.
A call to Martin this morning confirmed my fears, so I'm going to get my finger out, spend some money on a nice new PC. As a result I'm writing this at Mr and Mrs D's house, eating Mrs D's fabulous, very gooey flapjacks (a recipe will be forthcoming as soon as our top team of interrogators have finished with her).