Well, the storm arrived bang on cue. Well done Met Office, you said it would peak at about 5 am and it did. Big waves were sloshing along the side of the boat and the gusts rocked us while the ropes groaned and creaked where they crossed the edge of the roof. But we survived, totally unscathed. Had we not been warned I guess we would have lost a number of items from the roof, but I had stowed them all away, and to save the solar panel I laid a bag of coal on it so that was going nowhere.
Now we're bracing ourselves for the next onslaught, the arrival of daughter Claire and the kids plus the chihuahua Lola for a couple of days. Herbie is not a big boat for three adults, a large teenager, a six year old and a dog, but I dare say we'll survive.
Today we went down to Denmark street to get a couple of bits for my new second hand guitar. Some new strings and a tiny amplifier that plugs into the guitar and you plug headphones into it. Amazingly good. If you don't like guitars don't go to Denmark street. If you do, it's an absolute Mecca. I didn't count of course but there must be a thousand guitars in sale in a space of a hundred yards. I was lucky to escape without one.