It would definitely seem that any fleeting hopes we had of temperate winter climes have gone. They went overnight as winter arrived, with a bang. Quite literally.

The shutters which we are painstakingly renovating, are nowhere near finished. The majority are still in the state they were when we purchased the house – untreated, with no undercoat and only a rapidly peeling top coat, which has faded to a pretty murky colour. None of the shutters have fasteners to pin them back – not a problem in the summer when we were lucky to have a breeze. But a massive problem now as howling winds have swept in and last night, as they all banged backwards and forwards, we thought the house was falling down.

Not quite, but an early morning check in the garden revealed a sorry sight. All the bamboos and bay trees had blown over, solar lights were strewn across the garden, as were a small table and two chairs. Plants had been upturned, and the glass top of the main outdoor table had been lifted up by the wind, just ready for another gust to catch it. All accompanied by the most enormous thunder and lightning 😉 Before 8am, we were battening down the hatches and making the garden winter ready, in the strongest winds & most biting temperatures I have experienced for a long time…

The waterfall near to us, which has been virtually dry since April, was a raging torrent this morning and snowfall was clearly visible on the higher peaks to the north and east of the house.

We think the new challenge we’re going to be facing, in the next couple of weeks, is battling the cold to get the windows completely water-tight (yes, the incessant pouring rain has found its way in through a number of the frames) and get the frames and shutters properly primed, painted and sealed. We are very lucky that apart from some of the windows, the house itself is structurally sound, so we are hopeful that the impending winter won’t do her too much damage. *Famous last words*.

Thankfully, our woodburner has been installed, so once inside, we’re finally warm and toasty…