Just as I was about to go to bed last night there was a loud thrashing and crashing noise from the back garden. On investigation I found that the gazebo on our patio had been completely wrecked by the wind, two of the legs had buckled and all of the mooring ropes were broken.
It was only a cheap gazebo, bought three years ago to provide shade and shelter over our patio table. At the end of the first summer, we decided not to dismantle it so it has remained there ever since and has done sterling service.
This last winter it has deteriorated and we'd been going to take it down and replace it with a new one when the weather improved, but last night's storm was a pre-emptive strike and it's now lying on its side with its legs splayed and broken like a dead insect.
As it has been raining steadily all morning, we've not been inclined to take it apart. Hopefully the rain will stop at some point today so that we can clear it away, thereby completely exposing our garden furniture to the elements.