Saturday, 8 February 2014

Stormy Weather

Afternoon Folks

When I was very young, about 4 or 5 years old, I was lucky enough to enjoy, for a year or two, living close to my maternal grandparents. I was in and out of their home about as much as I was my own and one of my most enduring memories is of my grandpa and his barometer. It was huge - well, that's how it seemed to little me at the time, and hung on the wall in the hall close to the front door. Every day he would lift me up in his arms and let me tap the glass, then he would adjust the needle upwards or downwards, depending on where the needle settled. That done he would then announce to the family, 'the gless is doon' or 'up', ... his way of saying that the barometer indicated a change in the weather.
All these years later, we have this, much more modestly sized, barometer ... presented to the EM on his retirement after some 30+ years service ... hanging in our hall. Just like my grandpa taught me, I tap the glass every day and adjust the indicator noting whether the 'glass is down or up'. Yesterday it was set at the top end of 'Change', edging towards 'Fair' and if you have seen yesterday's post, Friday Smiles,  you will have seen that it was a lovely day. The weather forecast, however, was for rain today. What the forecast did not prepare us for was this ...
... never have I seen the glass this far down!

Needless to say, the weather has been abysmal today - high winds and rain all day and very definitely stormy - proving, if proof were needed, the accuracy of our barometer.

I'll finish by saying that I hope those of you who are enduring extremes of weather, be it storms, floods, freezing snow or, even in some places, scorchingly hot, are safe and that no harm will come to you.

Take care and stay safe.


  1. Hi Elizabeth

    We too have a barometer hanging in our hallway.

    It was presented to my late FIL many, many years ago .. .. Mr Heart is the "tapper of the glass and the adjusting of the needle" person here . .. but I have to say we have never had a reading like yours.

    I hope we don't get one either.

    Sounds like you had a very rough day.

    I may start paying more attention to the readings from now on!!!

    Hope today is better for you.

    Love Jules xx

  2. Awesome technology with not a computer chip in sight!
    Hugs, LLJ xxxx

  3. I am with LLJ and her comment. We have two barometers and I will confess I do not look at them very often, though I know I have never seen either of them move THAT far down!! I will look more closely now!


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