With all the usual media hype about the dreaded 'Hurricane Bertha' swooping across the Atlantic via the jet stream, precautions had to be taken - just in case they were correct.
In the event, Bertha, downgraded to a tropical storm on making landfall in the US and subsequently further downgraded to just a 'vicious low depression', turned out to be just a pussycat for us in Maidencombe after veering sharply northwest after hitting Ireland.
I had spent the evening battening down the hatches and checking the guys on our giant Eucalyptus tree.
The wind (gusts of over 60 mph expected) started up at about 3:50 am but then died away, giving way to some fairly sustained rainfall (an inch in all - 25 mm).
Better safe than sorry and I'm quite relieved we got off so lightly.