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Outside, the weather is yet more of the same : gale force winds and rains both great and small, whilst taunting us with bursts of brightness – and short spells of real sunshine. Last night, through the small hours, the roof tiles were rattling – even though they are heavy interlocked concrete tiles : they only do that when the wind gusts up to Severe Storm – Force 11. Right now it is sunny – though we can scarcely see outside, due to the salt spray crusted all over the south- and west-facing windows (the others are scarcely better). Since Boxing Day – two months ago, the weather has kept up a near-constant barrage of thuggery and downright violence, rarely dropping much below Gale Force. There are so many important outside tasks left undone, that would normally have been completed weeks ago, and the most important of those is to get about five or six tonnes of seaweed off the beach and onto the compost heaps. The seaweed is certainly there to collect – in abundance, torn up from the seabed and cast up along the storm-surge line ; but to attempt to collect any now would be lunacy. Yes, the sun is shining, and the sea is beautiful in its wildness, but the wind is even now Gale Force – accompanied by a rythm of gusts up to Severe Gale Force. And just look at the forecast for Monday!
Indoors, we’re busy enough with this and that : we leave the weather to do its thing without worrying much about the mischief it is making. There’s already a good number of tasks on our lists that have been struck through. That’s so satisfying! One such task was to complete the new style guide for the Hebridean Woolshed’s promotional and merchandizing materials. Applying that style guide, we’ve designed, printed and laminated posters in various formats and sizes (see example below), and made a list of where they will be posted up. There’s also a new main slide in the Hebridean Woolshed’s home page slider ; and we’ve submitted a advert to appear in the new (second) edition of the Bradt Guide for the Outer Hebrides (available wherever good books are sold)