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Storm Dennis is currently sweeping across all of the UK. In Shetland, at the fringe of the low pressure area, the storm barely registers over and above the normal state of windiness (much windier than here in the Outer Hebrides). It’s ‘down south’ (that is, from a Scottish perspective, in England and Wales) that’s getting a hammering. Yes, the storm is only Severe Storm strength, at worst (we in the western isles get perhaps five or six such events each month during the winter), but down south their just not used to it, and their infrastructure, houses, business – and indeed the landscape itself – is simply not adapted to such weather, as everything here in the islands is. So what to us is pretty much business-as-usual sort of weather, endured without hype or complaint, nor even a name to the storm, down there it’ll be splashed across the front pages fill the first five minutes of the evening news programmes, and above all will have a name to take the blame. In this case, it’s Dennis.
So, this morning, there was a fair bit of spray off the sea when J crossed the causeway to Eriskay. The skies kept alternating between light and dark, sunshine and showers ; and sudden squalls played havoc with doors, gates, buckets of feed, armfuls of hay, and the such like. But, all in all, it was really quite a nice morning to be out and about, getting on with daily life. When it’s nice, there’s outside jobs ; and when it’s not, then there’s always something to do indoors.