The wind is strong today and has been for the last few days, sweeping in from the west, making the big trees dance like mad things and the birds risk their necks in flight!
If you go out in a wind like this and face it head on your breath is taken away by strong gusts, your body is forced back on occasion and the world around seems shaken and shocked. One man I saw trying to cross the road was stopped in his tracks, he had to readjust, change his step and push on into that invisible barrier.
Last night as we tried to sleep we could hear the wind restlessly pounding the garden and the cottage. Thankfully this old place - built in 1780 - is built of heavy Yorkshire stone so is quite safe, but many of the fences surrounding are wood and they always take a hammering.
But the birds suffer most. I watched a pigeon this morning make a dash across the field. It set off in a panic, was suddenly taken on by the gusting wind and sent sideways right down the hill towards the woods, Lepton Great Wood.
How it managed to turn back into the wind I do not know but it did, risking a splattering, and made it with a crash land into a holly tree.
My advice is to stay there until this howling monster has blown itself into retirement.
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