It has been a rough couple of weeks here in Killary as we have been battered by the Atlantic storms that are our staple diet at the moment.  It is one of the harder times of the year to live out West as it is hard to get motivation to go outside and play in the elements.  This hasn't stopped me entirely as I have been out kayaking 2/3 times a week and working outside as much as possible.   It is quite nice to be outside on a cold crisp day, like a petrol engine I feel about 10% more efficient, in the cold as there is no standing around chatting.

    On the other hand you have Met Eireann giving out these different coloured weather warnings like they are handing out sweets.  Between Red/Orange and Yellow you shouldn't ever leave the house.  What ever happened to making an informed decision on your own as to what the wind strength and conditions are going to be and then tailoring your activity to this?  What use is a Yellow warning if all it means is that there is going to be a gale, we live on the Wild Atlantic Coast and there is bad weather a lot of the time and I find the best way to deal with it is to go outside and take advantage of it not hide inside which seems to be the Met Eireann approach to it.  On a recent Red warning they caused all the schools in the area to be closed down due to winds. In all my years this is a first as we do not want to live in fear of the weather.

    What these warnings are telling us is that we need to be afraid of the weather rather than embracing it and getting the most out of it.  I am not saying we should all go out swimming in storm force winds but there is an argument that we shouldn't be afraid to go outside our doors because all of a sudden there is a new Red warning in place.  Yes if we get hurricane force winds coming through then  by all means batten down the hatches but otherwise we need to not be afraid of the weather but learn to live with it and enjoy all the changes that come with it.  There is a gale outside as I write this and also hail and snow showers but I am about to go outside. 

  If you don't hear from me next week send out the search parties.

Do you fear the force of the wind,

The slash of the rain?

Go face them and fight them,

Be savage again.

Go hungry and cold like the wolf,

Go wade like the crane;

The palms of your hands will thicken

The skin of your cheek will tan

You'll grow ragged and weary and swarthy'

But you'll walk like a man.

                  Hamlin Garland