Painting by Beryl Cook

Painting by Beryl Cook

Every time there’s a thunderstorm, I rush around the house shouting, ‘Batten down the hatches!’ and shutting all the windows and pulling plugs out of their sockets. My Dad used to do that – except for shouting ‘Batten down the hatches!’ That’s my addition. He also used to pull the aerial out of the TV as well. People have always thought I was a bit, um, eccentric. But now I don’t seem so stupid or obsessed. This year there have been some terrible storms, all over the world.

Last week, when I was in Poland, there was a terrific storm here. A boy along the road got an electric shock from his Playstation or X-box, and then their house caught fire. It’s very badly damaged, and I feel deeply for the family who are now homeless. But would it have happened if they’d taken the same precautions that I do?

I now have another part of my Storm Routine. We have a tap in our conservatory, and I’m keeping the garden hose right beside it!

Meanwhile, a storm woke me up this morning and it’s been growling around all day. The sky’s getting darker and there are some ominous clouds getting nearer, so I need to turn my computer off and unplug it…..

Like most people, I love sitting on a Mediterranean balcony or verandah with a cold glass of something, watching the impressive storms out at sea. 

But storms are potentially dangerous, and mustn’t be underestimated.

Must go!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.