Monday, 28 October 2013

St. Jude storm

Evening in Croatia
Do hope that my UK blogging friends and those in western Europe have not suffered any damage or problems during the St. Jude storm. When retiring last night we wondered what we might find when we opened the shutters this morning, but for some unkown reason the storm completely passed us by. Hope everything is well with you all. 

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  1. That was a beautiful evening in Croatia! The worst of the storm has gone by now, I hope. At noon it was severe, damage everywhere, but sofar only our pergola in the garden collapsed.

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    1. I didn't realise that it was hitting the Netherlands too - glad that you escaped with only a collapsed garden pergola - that can be mended. Some people have been crushed here from trees falling.

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  2. Dear, so glad you weathered the big one without incident. I'm hoping my family and friends in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire (Cirencester) are all OK too. I've heard there are a lot of areas without power.

    Take care - Mary.

    P.S. Such a beautiful shot - Croatia is calling me back!

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    1. Dear Mary - I can vouch for your relatives in Cirencester being fine, it is only 10 miles from here. It is peculiar the way it has completely missed us out - our dahlias are still standing tall and the leaves are still on the trees. Some people have experienced trees crashing through their homes and on their cars, and are without power as you mentioned.

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  3. Dear Rosemary ,I hear it at noon's TV news that the South England had a big storm .. I am glad that I hear from you that passed you by .I wish to be all well ! This evening photo is so romantic ! Have a nice week !

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    1. Dear Olympia - I do not know why we have got off so lightly, I have been amazed to see that areas not too far from here have lost so many trees, and have no power.

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  4. Hello Rosemary, I was just reading about the terrible storm, and looking at the frightening pictures. I am glad that you escaped damage, but unfortunately the storm claimed many victims and much destruction.
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - it has been very strange for us to see the damage to places not far from where we live and yet here we are with hardly any wind, blue skies and even some sunshine.

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  5. Glad you are well and safe, Rosemary. We've been listening to the radio and hearing about the devastation elsewhere. An unusual light in that photo of an evening in Croatia.

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    1. Dear Linda - we feel that we were fortunate to be outside the storms edge, the forecasters had indicated that it would be right over us.

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  6. Dear Rosemary,
    sad to read about the damages and death by the storm. It has now done big damages in Northern Germany (2 deaths), and is still going on. Here in Berlin we have moderate storm.

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    1. Dear Britta - I had not realised that the storm was also affecting parts of northern Europe too. So pleased that you are fine.

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  7. Dear Rosemary, So glad that you are safe and that you did not experience any damage. This year has been a most difficult one for so many areas and so many countries. Makes one wonder what is causing all of these unusual weather patterns.

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    1. Dear Gina - the weather patterns have been so strange this year - here, we had a long cold spring, and then a very hot summer with hardly any rain. I am hoping that nobody I know has suffered any damage.

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  8. In youre country there is a lot off damage....
    We had verry hard blowings....but nothing is broken.
    Now the storm is gone...but there is so much damage in the Netherlands...some people are dearh...

    Greetings,
    Inge, my choice

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    1. Dear Inge - it sounds as if the storms were bad in the Netherlands too. I find winds quite frightening, I always image that the roof tiles will come off. We were very fortunate being outside of the storm zone. It is awful to think that people have lost their lives.

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  9. I heard in the news that it will be a storm in the U.K. I'm glad to hear that you''re fine, Rosemary. We'll have a smaller stormy wind tonight here in Finland.

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    1. Dear Satu - hoping that the winds are not too strong for you tonight in Finland. Humans are so helpless in the face of the elements - all we can do is sit it out and hope for the best.

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  10. Dear Rosemary,you're enjoing your holidays in beautiful Croatia!!!
    I saw in the TV news abour the storm in UK!!!Thank God the storm passed by!
    But now reading your friends from the Netherlands, comment, i'm worried about my daughter!
    Enjoy !!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dear Dimi - I am not in Croatia any longer but back home. I did not realise that the storm was in the Netherlands either - I think that it must be trailing its way across northern Europe.

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  11. So glad you have missed the storm damage. We feel very lucky up here in Yorkshire. No real problems at all, so for once, no flooding in Hebden Bridge !

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    1. Good news Janice - Hebden Bridge has suffered so many times in recent years. I didn't realise you were back in Yorkshire. Are you home for the winter?

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  12. Lots of leaves and twigs littered the roads this morning, the roads looked like lanes, other than that nothing serious thankfully. We're on the south coast and it was meant to be worse.

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    1. Dear Elizabeth - according to the weather charts it looked as if we were in the eye of the storm, but we experienced just a normal wet autumn night, and today has actually been quite nice. It seems that some people who did not expect to be hit, have been, and others like us have managed to avoid it. So pleased that you have not suffered any problems.

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  13. Glad you are OK Rosemary. The storm seemed to pass a lot further south than predicted. Just a lot of leaves to clear up here!

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    1. We can now all breath a sigh of relief Jessica. I do not like stormy weather at all. When we were first married we experienced a hurricane whilst living in Scotland and it really frightened us both.

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  14. Glad you're ok Rosemary. Last night the storm kept me awake for most of the night, this morning was very terrifying as well, really enormous windsweeps. This storm(Christian) didn't leave any part of Western Europe undamaged but the worst of course are the lives it's taken in several countries.
    Marian

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    1. It sounds as if the storm was worse for you Marian than it was for us. However, other parts of Britain have been very badly hit and several people killed. In my ignorance I had not realised that it had hit so many other countries too. Glad that you are safe - strong winds are terrifying I agree.

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  15. When i heard the news about the storm you were going to have yesterday evening i was thinking about you knowingbyou don t like this kind of weather like i do ii never expected that next day it was our turn going throug such bad weather no damage at my house but a lot of tree s have been falling down it was very scary my hart is with the ones lost theire lives today in amsterdam a 21year old brrrr i am so pleasws you ate safe rosemary

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    1. Dear Marijke - I had not realised that it would hit the Netherlands too - stormy weather is very frightening. I am sad for those who have lost their lives, it appears mainly through fallen trees.

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  16. Dear Rosemary,

    I am glad to hear you were safe. The storm played havoc in The Netherlands.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. The girls and I appreciated them very much! It's good to hear your husband and son were both in a rowing team as well! It is a beautiful sport!

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

    Madelief x

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    1. Dear Madelief - I understand several people in the Netherlands also lost their lives during the storm. We are helpless against the elements, and just have to sit tight hoping for the best. Fortunately they are a rare occurrence.
      H still has his lovely stripe rowing blazer - red, navy blue and pale blue - I suppose it is vintage now.

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  17. What a beautiful evening you had in Croatia. I'm glad the storm passed you by, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be here. We had one fence panel down there were quite a number of trees and branches down this morning blocking the roads.It was lucky that the worse of the storm passed over during the night.
    Sarah x

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    1. Dear Sarah - I am so pleased to learn that all was well with you - one fence panel and some branches one can cope with. It is tragic for those who lost their lives through fallen trees, I keep thinking of that poor young girl asleep in her mobile home and lost her life.

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  18. Hello Rosemary

    I am happy to hear you are safe. We are hearing about St Jude on radio here in Florida.

    Enjoy your stay.

    Helen xx

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    1. Hello Helen - I did not realise you were back in Florida again. We were lucky the storm, although predicted to come here, actually went further south.
      Happy painting.

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  19. Pleased that your morning was a good one there in Croatia.
    I have been watching it on the news during the day.
    The worst was during the night.
    Here its been a lovely day.. a little grey.. but garden blooming with our rain last week.
    Enjoy your time .. looking forward to photos and news of your hols.
    val x

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    1. I have been back a week now Val - that picture was just one that I took in Croatia a couple of weeks ago.
      Today it is so calm, and sunny - the weather can be very mercurial.

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  20. So lucky the storm passed you by ! The photo is pure magic , beautiful golden light. xx

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  21. I am so glad for you that the storm did not hit you! Enjoy more of your paradise! Christa

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    1. Dear Christa - we are home now, and have been for a week. Today is a beautiful day, a day that invites you to go walking.

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  22. Dear Rosemary, Very pleased to know that you escaped the force of the storm. Friends in Cornwall fared well too.
    Betty

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    1. The storm seems to have been violent in some areas, and then places very close by were hardly hit - the weather is his own master.

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  23. I am glad you avoided what appears to have been a very bad storm, Rosemary. It has not been reported over here - but today we also avoided possible hail storms with high winds, which hit areas of southern Queensland. We had a few spots of rain, and saw distant lightning/thunder. But of course we would have liked the rain! That is a lovely photo of evening in Croatia.

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    1. Perhaps I have rose tinted memories of the weather when I was young, but we did not seem to have so many extremes then. The different weather patterns seem to be affecting the whole world.

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  24. A lovely photo of a tranquil evening scene in Croatia. I'm so glad to hear the storm passed you by, Rosemary. It was a little bit fierce here around breakfast time, but we were lucky - many households around us lost power all day and we escaped that. There are plenty of branches down and leaves everywhere, but no emergencies.

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    1. Dear Wendy - I had been wondering how you faired. I am pleased to learn that all is well with you apart from the loss of some branches and leaves.

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  25. That is a peaceful photo.
    I am so pleased that you didn't get the storm and that you are indeed safe.
    The storm and some of the damage was shown on our news - yes all the way down here in Tasmania, Australia - tonight, it looked so heart breaking for those in the path.

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    1. Today the world is so small with instant access to news. We were very fortunate but some lost their homes and their lives.

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  26. We've been reading about your storm over here in the U.S. I'm so glad you were spared!!

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    1. Thanks Mark - according to the weather maps we thought that we were in the eye of the storm, but it decided to avoid us altogether and go further south.

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  27. Dear Rosemary - I'm glad you all are fine. What a relief!! Thanks for this update. I fly to Sweden tomorrow, and hope for the best.
    Take care,
    Loi

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    1. Dear Loi - Happy and successful travelling - you will be fine everything is back to normal. The storms did hit Scandinavia after us, but it has now run its course.

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  28. What a wonderfully calm image. Glad you're OK, Rosemary, as are we, other than a lot of fallen leaves and even more rain.

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    1. We went to bed anticipating the worst - we were very fortunate as it turns out compared with so many, so glad you were safe too.

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  29. I was very sorry to hear of the deaths caused by this storm. i thought Australia was getting the brunt of crazy weather but it's global.

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    1. The elements are something that non of us can control, however, it is sad when lives are lost.

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  30. We fortunately missed the worst of the storm here in Wales, in fact the previous night the weather was much worse.

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    1. I think that most of us have been very lucky Linda - we were expecting it to be much worse.

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  31. Thankfully nothing more than a few street trees and one section of fencing at the very end of the garden but I sleep like a log and didn't hear a peep!

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