Last night, after a hot, humid day, I went to the front of the house to lock the door at just after 7pm. Looking out of the window, I stared in amazement at what I saw.
Roughly in a SE direction, I spotted sheet lightning. It was lighting up part of the sky in a semicircle, and as I watched, I noticed that it was flashing almost non-stop, with slightly varied strengths and colours.
It was followed every few seconds with a blast of fork lightning, which shot out to the left every time. But unlike usual fork lightning, it wasn’t flashing downwards. It would shoot out horizontally.
As I think I was the first one to go outside to watch it, it must have just started. I shouted to my husband and we both went into the garden, followed closely by all our neighbours. We couldn’t see them, but we called out to each other, and we were all Ooh-ing and Aah-ing when there was a bigger than normal flash. Strangely, there was no thunder at all. Not one rumble!
We could hear phones ringing as everyone passed on the news. Apparently it could be seen for miles around! The sky was perfectly clear but a bit hazy, and filled with stars. Although in the glow of the lightning, we could see some soft, light clouds, they weren’t storm clouds, and it was pitch black on the ground.
Our Polish neighbour came home from work, where they’d all been watching the display. He said that he’d seen something like it in Poland, and it means that tomorrow will be a nice day. ‘What does it mean in England?’ he asked me.
‘It means that aliens are landing,’ I told him, which he thought was very funny!
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We kept going indoors, then popping out again, fascinated, to watch what was happening.
Gradually, as the hours passed, the pauses between each batch of flashing became slightly longer. Then when we thought it was getting weaker, it would blast off again, lighting up the sky all around it.
When I went to bed and looked out of the window at 12.30, it was still flashing, but much slower, and it had shifted a bit to the left.
There were severe storms in other parts of England last night, but not a drop of rain around here. And, as I said, the sky was full of stars.
I’ve seen spectacular storms while sitting on verandas in Spain, Greece, and other countries, clutching a glass of wine and staring out to sea, but I’ve never in my life seen anything like what we watched last night.
It just wasn’t anything like normal lightning!
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;
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.