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The aftermath….

by Helen on February 6, 2014

I was going to announce the winner of the Valentine Bunny giveaway today, but am still feeling totally shocked by the ferocity of the storm that hit the South West of England overnight on Tuesday.  The damage caused is tremendous … we are once again without a rail link to the rest of the UK ….

The sheer force of the waves breached the sea wall and tore away the ballast beneath these rail lines – built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 1840s.  And as well as the railway, the sea undermined several houses leaving families homeless for the time being at least.  

Closer to home – just a couple of miles down the road – the little fishing village of Torcross was severely battered by wind and waves … 

 Again leaving families homeless and a scene of total devastation.  Luckily Chillington is a little inland and we’re tucked into a  hollow that shelters us from the worst of the weather.  Coombe Leigh is more than 200 years old and solidly built from cob and stone, but even so, I could feel the house shaking and rattling in the wind when the storm was at its height – very scary indeed.  I was woken at 1.30 am by Daisy and Ben in full-on guard-newf mode, their deep barks adding to the commotion all around.  On investigating the cause of their concern I was relieved to discover that it was just a plant pot that had blown against the back door, startling them into wakefulness and not my summer house blowing away!  

Today we went down to Beesands – another coastal village where we often walk in the winter months and I could see Ben and Daisy’s puzzlement – wondering where the road had gone and why the beach was now covering the grass they used to play on …

Sadly what remained of the grass was covered with dead earthworms – I guess the salt water must have killed them all.  So now seems a good moment to remind myself that spring really is on the way …..

And also send my thoughts and best wishes to all those reading this who have also been affected by the extreme weather everyone seems to have been experiencing recently – whether rain, gales and floods, snow and ice or high temperatures – hope things begin to calm down very soon.

Meanwhile, I’ll be back tomorrow with the results of the giveaway.

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