Storm Gertie


My nana Gertie looked out over this view as she was born at Stoke Bardolph on the River Trent just the other side of Nottingham from Wollaton- there are even more family Greats who were born and lived there: Ancestors who lived here by the river going back some 500 years.

The river is relentless and floods again and again – year in, year out.  The family were Cupits, a name associated with windmills (nearly every village had one – a windmill that is; then it was  a building absolutely necessary to mill the flour!) there’s a modern Windmill nearby now and it was turning in the wind today – silently.  The Swan flying up the river made more noise with its wing-beats!

The water looked cold – almost ready to freeze over if it wasn’t running fast.







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