Rain, Thunder, Lightning and Leaks :-(

Wow. Storm Ciara is showing us all what Mother Nature has at her disposal. There was a little wind overnight but nothing to overshadow that which we have experienced in the last 10 days in fairness.

But then, at 8am, it started raining and soon after, as we were lazing in bed contemplating getting up for the gym, we heard that lovely noise of water dripping onto carpet 💧 💧 🙁

We quickly setup some collection devices and let them protect the flooring…

Out to the gym – the boys were naturally delighted – to find a river running down Clough Road and the corner being 6″ of river rapids 🙁 wow in just 2 hours….

Then the dip in the road between Flockton and Grange Moor was flooded with around 1ft of water. A BMW had sadly expired in the water but thankfully Vicky car can manage 2 feet of water so we pushed on.

When we came out of the gym, the rains was persisting so we did not go back home via Grange Moor (that road would have been properly closed by the Police) but we did find two other lakes of around 9″ to traverse on the way through Emley.

A home day it was to be – this time the boys really were delighted 😁

The sun came out and we had blue skies until around 4pm, where the darkness once again descended into us and shortly after was when the thunder and lightning kicked in for about 30 mins.

The carpet protection system is likely to be required overnight as the rain is not due to stop until after a couple of days – we are A OK so long as the wind doesn’t lift – it is essentially driving the rain horizontally and hence going straight up under the roof slates and then down into the house via the beams….

Fun and games for a few days we think….

We hope everyone out there is safe and out of the dangers that Mother Nature brings every now and then – thinking specifically of those in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Sowerby Bridge – always the first places to get smacked hard by such weather 🙁

Panic and tears….

Last night, Oliver came home from his maths tutor session asking to go get his phone from dad’s car. Dad did not think that he had seen the phone in the car, which is when the panic began…. That 10 minute trip home took about an hour for Olly as his determination of the phone’s location waned….

Basically, he had got out of the car at school that morning with his bluetooth headphones in, music still playing and it soon cut out, having him believe that the phone must have stayed in the car when he got out (the phone accordingly had been placed in his pocket along with the case for the ear phones and the battery backup supply…) and of course the connection cut once the car left the area.

Dad was pretty certain that he had not seen the phone when he got home, suggesting that maybe the phone had dropped out of the car unnoticed when Oliver disembarked…

When we finally got home, it became very clear that maybe that particular outcome was indeed the one that had played out some 12 hours earlier in the day, potentially leaving the phone on the road ready for smashing by the next SUV to drop off their children for their day at school.

This is of course when the tears came as there was a realisation that the phone was not going to be replaced and that his watch and bluetooth headphones were less useful without the central component – the phone…

Dad went into school with Oliver this morning to see if by some small slither of chance, somebody had indeed seen the phone and handed it into the school office. Sadly, there was nobody in reception to ask and so Dad called Elliot for advice as to where they could find lost property within the school. At the same time, a lady was walking up towards the School Reception and Oliver had already engaged in conversation to ask if she knew of a lost / found telephone from yesterday. Incredibly, she did recall a found phone and that it was covered in little dogs – at this point the excitement in Oliver’s face became very apparent and perhaps a huge wash of relief was about to wash over him.

Within 5 or so minutes the lady had located the key to the nurse’s office and we were reunited with the phone and that relief was well and truly submersing Oliver.

We really hope that this is a lesson that he does not forget any time soon as he (and his brother incidentally) are very lackadaisical about their things and looking after them. We will be reminding Oliver of the feeling that he had the time his lost his phone….

What did you say?

Simon went for a hearing tear today following Vicky badgering about it – apparently he must be going deaf since he doesn’t listen…. 👂 👂

So the verdict is as follows:

Both ears are in good condition and there is nothing wrong with the hearing in either of them – they fall right inside the parameters of “good hearing”….

So, he needs to find a new excuse…..

Big Internet Day @ home

Hopefully today is the day that we receive upgraded internet here at home that can eep up with the needs of the household.

With living in a countryside environment, our broadband connection has never been that great and really suffered when the weather turns.

OpenReach have used our village as a test bed to trial Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) to be available in all homes and finally we are ready to make use of it.

The order was made on December 22 and today is installation day.

We should be treated (by tomorrow morning) to around 300Mb download speeds and 50mb upload speeds – a significant upgrade on our average 20mb down and 5 up that we are presently receiving. Well that and hopefully the complete removal of the dead times when we seemingly receive nothing much at all….

Hoping that we will be reporting good internet speeds and availability in the hours / day to come.

Fingers crossed 🤞