The gales that started yesterday had increased in their intensity and with great difficulty I dragged myself from under the duvet and checked on the Ukrainian Village through the window.
Caught in the faint light of the lane light, I saw the roof of the goose house lift up briefly, then sail heavily over the duck house beyond the enclosure. The other coops, all hunched against the wind looked intact, except the smallest turkey house which also had lost it's roof, so donning my thermals I faced the torrential rain and wind to make hasty repairs, as the birds sat silently inside their houses like fish in a barrel
In the night, the cargo ship, the Swanland went down in heavy seas off the North Wales Coast, with it's cargo of limestone and six crew. It is a ship that I am sure we have seen many times docking at the quarry quay over at Llanddulas , a few miles away to the West. ....and in these times of aseptic lifestyles, where the only danger we witness is from tv Zombies and the credit crunch, we can be still be reminded that peoples' lives can lie in a very delicate balance sometimes.
Mind you, I think it is easier to just ignore the potential for catastrophe in this world.Perhaps the geese had the right idea...faced with disaster, all they did was huddle together, put their heads down across their wings and close their eyes.