..... struck our little community at about 2a.m. yesterday. The devastation it has caused is far worse than that of the "big" storm of 1999 which passed through northern Spain, France a southern UK.
We spent the entire day on repair work yesterday, and there's still more to do. My antenna system is likely to be a right off, however.
The 200 year-old lime tree in the photo has almost covered the bungalow behind it. The elderly lady who lives there is profoundly deaf and she was apparently unaware of the events during the night.
The sound of chain saws is still echoing through the valley removing fallen trees. The lane which passes in front of our property was blocked in two places by large portions of trees which had just been snapped off, leaving the trunk still in the ground. Several of our neighbours' fruit trees received a similar treatment. It was a very violent storm.
This little fellow flew into the window a while ago whilst I was typing, and he's been sitting on the path recovering for quite some time. It's obviously a juvenile, and it's robin-like in stature, but the colour of the tail feathers makes me wonder if it's not something else?
At one point the eyes closed and I thought it wasn't going to make it, but a split second after I took the photo it flew away into the hedge.
Birds quite often fly into the windows here, even quite large ones such as sparrow hawks. The smaller ones usually recover after a while, but for the bigger birds it's often fatal, unfortunately.