January 1st, 2020 brings in strong winds so it's time to batten down the hatches here in the Western Isles. Living in the Hebrides gradually hardens you to the weather, more layers of clothes go on, more time is spent around the open fire. Extra care is taken when driving in strong winds and loose objects are weighted or tied down. The sheep huddle by banks and bushes, waiting for the gale to pass. When the wind stops and all goes still it's the strangest feeling, as you get used to walking upright, instead of bent against the wind!