In a great storm in the sixties many of the cedar shingle roofs of Swedish Houses, then owned by the Forestry Commission, were badly damaged. They were replaced with clay tiles which proved to be too heavy, pushing the walls outwards and tie beams were put into the loft space. Subsequently the roofs were replaced with corrugated metal which is how they are today,. So far so good!
This morning I was woken at 6am by incredibly loud hailstones on the bedroom window.
My sitting room window faces north and I can sit at the red desk there and watch the weather coming down the glen - the prevailing winds are westerly, though today they have veered right around to easterly bringing cold but some bright spells too.
I love watching it all pass by my window! It is said that we in Britain are obsessed with the weather but I find living in the country the weaher often dictates how I will spend my days, and it also affects my mood.
Something that affects my mood even more is exposure to The News. If I watch too much of it (and we do have it 24/7 now which just may be having some influence on the crisis in mental health) I find myself thinking I have no right to be happy - so much misery in the world. Not a healthy attitude - nor does it reduce the misery - so I have to remind myself that news is 'News' because it is not the norm! If it was the norm it wouldn't be 'News'......