A summer day in The Netherlands
This picture is from my regional broadcaster here in The Netherlands. It was taken after yesterday's storm.
Yesterday I had planned to spend a nice day pottering around in the garden, but the weather had other ideas.
We had the worst summer storm ever recorded, with force 10 gales along the coast and even here in the midde of the country we got up to force 8!
The authorities gave out a code red weather alert for large parts of the country and even we here had a code orange. At one point they even asked people not to go out unless absolutely necessary!
One person died when his car was hit by a falling tree and at least 2 others were injured in similar incidents.
The wind caused quite a lot of damage in my garden. Climbers came off their supports and herbacious plants were ripped to pieces.
The vegetable plot looks like a bomb has hit it. But the storm has gone, and I'd better start cleaning up the rubbish.
My daily round of the news on the web threw up some amazing video clips and pictures though.
First this of a tree along one of the canals in Amsterdam.
And if you've ever wondered if you can get seasick on a plane, have a look at this.
Schiphol Airport, yesterday...
And the people on board this one had an even scarier experience. Just read the text with the video.
And finally some pictures, mainly of trees...
Makes you realise the power of nature.
But now everything is calm again and the sun is shining, so I'm off into the garden to start the big clean-up.