Wednesday, September 15, 2010


What else can happen this week? 

Monday night: the distinctive throbbing sound of a helicopter flying low over our rooftop was heard. The blades whizzed. It was not the type of craft we might see in these parts, for example, the air-ambulance is bright yellow. The helicopter hovered around for quite some time in the dark, particularly in one position not far away.

The reason: A seventeen year old lad had fallen over a cliff walk. The accident was, fortunately for him, seen and reported quite quickly. The life boat was alerted as were the coast guard and a search and rescue helicopter from further down the coast. The crew found the injured boy and winched him up taking him to hospital. Very few people survive falls in that area. We know much more about the survivors because they have lived to tell their tales. So far, I know of only one survivor who now apparently leads his daily life relatively physically unscathed. 

At about 10.15pm last night,(Tuesday 14th September) we heard the most awful crashing sound. Had our neighbour had an accident with a large tractor perhaps? There was nothing to be seen out of our window but the usual night scene of farm equipment at rest. The street was also quiet. Then we heard the crashing noise again. Hubby and I looked at one another. It couldn't be surely, not with the day of torrential rain and hailstones we had just had. Just as we verbalised our thoughts, the sky was rent with lightening twice in quick succession. 

Today is Wednesday, the week is not over yet.


Anonymous said...

You certainly seem to having a lot of rather unwanted excitement at present! Flighty xx

ZACL said...

Hi Mr F,

Unwanted excitement is about right. Some acceptable liveliness, like a warm Autumn, (if we can remember what that is) would be most welcome.

Anonymous said...

we rarely get decent storms down here which is why i'm always slightly envious when you describe your own.

what an eventful week it's been!

ZACL said...

HI Ax,

I am going to have to c&p replies as there seem to be an unseemly number of error 503 (or is it 4 or 8?)messages, each time swallowing up what I say. Of course, it could be more of nature's electrical conditions affecting the behaviour of the web, though I am dubious about that.

I was amazed at your envy of our stormy conditions. I am not so sure that you would want the rest of the crappy weather we've had to go with it all this year.

When I lived in the soft South, (over the border that is) I remember experiencing many thunderstorms over the years and seeing different types of lightening.

Anonymous said...

perhaps all our really good storms occur when i'm asleep and i remian oblivious to them?

i speak as a man who slept quite soundly through the massive hurricane of '87!

ZACL said...

You slept through 1987!! Amazing.

We've had localised cyclonic effects from weather conditions, in part, due to the way the neighbouring farm has set and built its large barns and workshops.

We hear the roof creak, then what sounds like lift off. In daylight, to our amazement, the roof is usually intact. However, we have lost pebble dash protective covering, a good length of concrete wall and a pegged down solidly built play house. The wee house flew and landed on its side. It looked like something out of Dr Who, or Somewhere Over The Rainbow....quite surreal.