At 5am today, the storm warning for Barbados and our closest neighbour St.Vincent & The Grenadines was discontinued.
I heard the church bells ringing the all clear this morning....this is what they did in the older days before the advent of radio, tv and internet, to let folks know that it was okay to venture out again, the young folk would probably think it's silly, but it was a sound of solace for me
Ernesto is a bit weaker today, as it moves across the Windward Islands.
Last night, after my all day preparations, I was a bit tired, but did not want to go to sleep.
Thought Mr.Brownie would want to come inside, but he wanted to play "Mr.Big Man" and stay outside on the patio because the weather had not kicked into gear yet.
I knew however that when the thunder and lightning started that it would be a totally different story. He remained on the patio until the rain driven by the wind, soaked the patio completely.
I'm not sure he liked so much wind blowing into his ears, nor the loud gongs of my Chinese chimes blowing in the wind......yes, I should have taken them down too, but I forgot.
Believe it or not, I fell asleep.....a deep peaceful sleep....and dreamed and dreamed and dreamed.
I even dreamed that when I woke up after the storm the next day that there were three (yes 3) satellite dishes strewn all over my front lawn.
Today, as with any storm system that passes us by, the worse weather comes afterward with lots of rain that comes from the feeder bands of clouds, which can lead to serious flooding. Remember we are a flat island. Our highest point is Mt. Hilaby in the parish of St.Andrew which rises 1,115ft (343m) above sea level.
Let's hope that we will not experience any serious flooding.
We have been spared once again, and we should be giving thanks.
There is an old saying that "God is a Bajan", and sometimes I wonder about that.
Here is Brownie with the wind blowing into his ears.....all safe and sound.