The predictions all say that we should have rain tomorrow. They vary widely on how much. If, as predicted, the temperature drops a good 20 degrees, it’s bound to be blustery. Billy’s got the crew checking the tie-downs on the tarps and leaks in the tackrooms.
I never knew what the expression “batten down the hatches” actually meant, though it used to be pretty commonly used when trouble was coming. Then I read Patrick O’Brian’s sea stories. When a powerful storm was coming, the sailors would not only close and lock the hatches leading below, but nail wooden boards — battens — around the edges to seal them against high waves. You can see that seawater pouring down into the holds of the ship would be a Bad Thing, so they took every precaution. We may not literally batten down the hatches — but we’ll sure tighten up the tarps. Billy uses bungees as well as baling twine to tie them down, so that there’s a little flex in high winds. We don’t want the grommets to tear out. Given a chance, those tarps will act just like Mr. O’Brian’s sails.
I haven’t taken any good pictures in a couple of days, but here’s a couple of pearly clouds from a few days ago.