the 'storm' did not appear though we did have some very heavy rain over Saturday night. Sunday afternoon was really nice out, not much to be done in the garden due to sodden conditions. I weeded these pots and replaced some gravel over their tops(this is meant to be an indicator to me not to throw it out as it contains 'something'). They will stay in this cold frame over the winter, there are some early crocus and daffodil bulbs, a couple of early iris reticulata and a couple of pots of shrub cuttings. I will cover the top when the weather gets very cold and wet(brr, even colder and even wetter! yuck!)
I covered my wooden bench to protect it from the wet too, although this means you can't sit on it when its nice enough to be outside. The first winter I used this cover with very strong rope and the wind lifted and pulled the bench right across the back part of the garden, like a big sail I suppose. There is now a padlocked chain attatching one leg of the bench to the fence, and the cover is attached with light string so it will break before lifting it. I swept round my brick paths after tidying the pots so everything looks nice and tidy.