We have no power and the wind is blowing very hard.
The expression "batten down the hatches" is an English expression from sea faring days. On a ship, the doors were usually left open but when storms were threatening, the doors were closed and then, a rod placed across them to hold in high winds. I may not be explaining this correctly, but you will forgive me, the winds are whipping against my window with such force, it is hard to concentrate. Since my front door is trying to fly off its hinges at the moment, I can see the common sense of using that metal rod across the door of the ship. Now, I am in Georgia and this is the first time I have ever experienced a tropical storm, which is what they tell us Hurricane Irma has become now. Since the wind speed is only 5 miles or so less than a category 1 hurricane, you will forgive me for not appreciating the semantics of the wording...it is just all high winds and rain to me. I am thinking of what it must have been like for those in Key West, Cuba and Barbuda...some of the places the hardest hit.
We were in England this time last year...I think the photo above is the same church where they filmed the funeral scene from "Chariots of Fire". I love that movie so much. If you have never seen it, watch it! You will be glad you did.
Nave, central and principal part of a Christian church, extending from the entrance (the narthex) to the transepts (transverse aisle crossing the nave in front of the sanctuary in a cruciform church) or, in the absence of transepts, to the chancel (area around the altar). In a basilican church (see basilica), which has side aisles, nave refers only to the central aisle. The nave is that part of a church set apart for the laity, as distinguished from the chancel, choir, and presbytery, which are reserved for the choir and clergy. The separation of the two areas may be effected by screens or parapets, called cancelli. The term nave derives from the Latin navis, meaning “ship,” and it has been suggested that it may have been chosen to designate the main body of the building because the ship had been adopted as a symbol of the church.
Now, I will leave you with a song. (You knew I would!) It is a most comforting song to me and one that I sing in the car when there is bad weather or bad traffic and I feel afraid. You are welcome to learn it and sing it also!