The calm after the storm.

Thank you one and all but you can get up off your knees now, stop saying rosaries or lighting candles for us, because storm Ophilia has gone on her merry way and what a cranky oul cow she was!

She took a particular dislike to those of us living down south and began shouting from early morning. By twelve she was in a right rage, even dismantling my glass house. She did her best to uproot the trampoline but we caught her in action and using high levels of intelligence we placed a brick on it. Unfortunately she only laughed at my brick and picked her up, brick and all, and headed across the garden with her. Imitating Oisín in Tír na nÓg I lifted an enormous rock onto her and that put an end to her carry on.

After a few hours she seemed to run out of steam and headed off to annoy the rest of the country and Scotland I believe.

Unfortunately, before leaving she took the lives of three good people, tragically killed by falling trees. May they rest in peace.

Today we woke up to a glorious, still, sunny day. I headed out for a walk with my friend and it was obvious how lucky we had all been. The many warnings telling us to stay in had largely been listened to, which was surprising as we Irish are not the best at following orders. When I saw the number of enormous trees which fell it was obvious many more lives could have been lost.

There are many stories being told this morning and lots of videos on the internet of the scariest things that happened, but today I’m only glad that she’s gone and am hopeful it will be another fifty years until we see her like again.

However with global warming, and a president in the US who doesn’t believe in it, I’m not too sure.

I’ll leave you with a few photos from our walk.



18 thoughts on “The calm after the storm.

  1. Glad you’re safe and that she didn’t do you too much damage. So sorry to hear about the deaths. One is too many, let alone three.

    I’ll go blow out the candles as soon as I can get the old knees to work! 😉

  2. Glad to hear you’re safe! In Britain all we saw was a distinctly red sun, and a breezier breeze than usual! Although my neighbour’s trampoline was seen rolling around the main road for a bit before being found much later, upside down, on the roof of his shed. That was an anomaly, for sure. Very sad to hear about the three who lost their lives to the storm – not what you would expect to hear. Climate change is very, very real.

    1. Haha. Yes quite a juxtaposition for your neighbours trampoline. Last year my neighbours blew around the side of his house landing also on top of his shed. As there’s a high wall between our houses we couldn’t see the shed properly and thought it a very strange place for a trampoline and wondered why he’d mounted it on something!

  3. Oh, so glad you made out alright! What a hurricane season it has been. Again, may I humbly apologize for the ignorant buffoon who resides in our White House? The rest of us here do believe in science! Sending a hug to all in Ireland!

    1. Thank you. Don’t worry we’ve a lot of our own over there in the US and don’t blame you, but sometimes when I see him in action and he opens his mouth I cringe.

  4. so scary, and so sorry for those (and their loved ones) who lost their lives. i’m glad you are safe, and the pictures show how powerful it was. sadly, yes, our president has not yet begun to learn or understand.

  5. So glad you are safe, Tric, but very sad for those families who lost loved ones. We live an hour away from the Calif. fires, which are more contained now. But it’s been heartbreaking just to watch it on the news. Hurricanes, one after another, more and more raging fires…Regarding global warming, I honestly don’t know what it will take for our president to believe…

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