Storm Dudley got us good and proper last night, it was wild and noisy with gusts going on for hours, although there was a weird lull for an hour in the middle before it built up again just in time for bedtime.
I gave up trying to wedge the wheelie bins in place when they came knocking at the door numerous times and eventually left them lying on their sides with the lids pressed against the wall to stop the contents flying out.
Our neighbour got home from work and accidently opened her briefcase (just how do you actually do that?) and papers flew out. Luckily she managed to catch most of them but one important piece of paper blew over the back fence between our gardens. So her husband phoned Alan ... who was in Berkshire ... who then phoned me to let me know the neighbour was about to knock on the door to ask for his piece of paper back. What a roundabout way to do it, why not just knock on the door?
Anyway it was all sorted and we got off a lot lighter than some people, although local roads were blocked for a while with fallen trees. Massive thanks to all of the services workers who go out in atrocious weathers to put these sort of things right and keep our towns and villages safe.