Lightning And Chips


I am curled up on the sofa resting before three long work days ahead. I can hear the rain is pouring outside and the wind is howling. No thunder and lightning tonight. But there is lightning and thunder somewhere, I am sure of it. Apparently there are around 45,000 thunderstorms every day. If you grab a calculator and check, that means there are more than 16 million each year. Right now, around the earth there will be around 2,000 thunderstorms occurring.

lightningWhen lightning strikes we see tremendous amounts of energy. Researchers, who have studied the incredible clouds in a thunderstorm, state that the clouds in just one thunderstorm are brewing energy equal to ten or more of the nuclear bombs dropped in World War II. Only a proportion of that energy is seen as in the spectacular flashes and strikes of lightning.

But as well as being spectacular and rather humbling, lightning has remarkably beneficial results. It produces forms of nitrogen that reach the soil, where plants absorb them as natural fertilizer.

When we were children, my parents would often let us buy a bag of chips on a Thursday night, when the whole family were together. I remember one night Dad parked the car outside the chippy and left Mum and the little ones waiting, while he and I ran through the rain towards the chip-shop. There were great claps of thunder and the whole sky seemed to flash with lightning that night. I held Dad’s hand tightly as we ran through the pouring rain, because I was nervous. It was super scary for me. Dad always wanted me to ask for our chips. Then he gave me some money to pay whoever was working that night. He wanted me to count the change I received, and then say “thank you very much”. My parents never took a day off from training us 🙂

While we ate our chips at home in the kitchen, Dad told us we could be thankful to the lightning for our delicious chips. I stopped being afraid of thunderstorms and lightning after that. After learning that lightning helps to make the soil rich and produces such fine potatoes, that become the best chippy chips – I was grateful for the lightning from then on.

It’s amazing to think that right now around 2,000 thunderstorms will be occurring isn’t it – think of all those chips!


This post was in response to the WHAT DO YOU SEE? Challenge hosted by Hélène Vaillant, the creator of Willow Poetry:

Pebble Stones and Flower in Tropical Garden

Who Thought Questions Could Be Such Fun?

There are days when I love having a challenge or a nomination post to work on. Well on Tuesday evening, with my sore chest, I occupied myself with this series of questions for which I was tagged for by Kristian, the creator of Tales from the mind of Kristian as you can see in his post below:

Kristian was tagged by Teresa aka The Haunted Wordsmith who was the creator of this question challenge. Have a look at Teresa’s original post to find out what she had in mind:


  1. Answer the questions you receive (straight, funny, absurd, up to you)
  2. Add three more questions of your own to the list
  3. Tag three people

Teresa’s Questions:

What would Klaatu (The Day the Earth Stood Still) think of Earth if he landed today?

I have just had to read up about who Klaatu was as I have never seen the film.

Erm…ugh, I am never very imaginative with alien questions because I have not watched many alien movies at all. Let me think…if an alien came with a message – what would that be?

Erm…maybe he would remind us that we should be working on looking after our own home planet and sorting out the mess before we think about a future for humans on other planets. He might tell us that we won’t be trusted with a second home until we learn to look after our first home properly.

If books’ characters were not imprisoned by their covers, which two characters would make a great couple?

One character my heart always goes out to is Smike from Charles Dickens ‘”Nicholas Nickleby“. I feel so sorry for Smike throughout the story and I would love him to have a wonderfully happy ending. Poor Smike! It would be so nice if there was an absolute sweetheart to love him and take care of him.

Who would it be?

Well, I love the character Louisa Clark in Jojo Moyes’ “Me Before You“. Of course, I wish it had been possible for her and Will Traynor to have their own “happily ever after” really. But Lou Clark ends up being such an amazing carer and I love her personality. She could light up any room!

Can I also confess that I feel really sorry for Miss Haversham from Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” and wish she could have a happy ever after too. I just can’t think of a male character who would be able to deal with her issues.

For US folks: Turkey, Ham, or Something Else on Thanksgiving? For Int’l folks: What is one food you recommend most from your country?

So one of the classics from the British menu is fish and chips and mushy peas. Only, because I have been vegetarian (not vegan) since I was six years old, I have never had the fish part. I normally have chippy chips with curry sauce.

But a couple of years ago I tried beer-battered halloumi for the first time with chips and mushy peas and although it was a bit of a belly busting meal (I could not finish it because it was so filling) it was an incredible treat for me!

Kristian”s Questions:

Is there a fictional world that you actually wished existed?

The inside of the Chocolate Factory. I remember watching that film as a little girl and thinking it would be amazing to enter a paradise where everything was eatable and delicious!

What song always makes you smile?

I am going to give you three because I cannot decide which…there are a long list of other possibilities – but I have limited myself to three! I love so many different types of music, but today this is how I feel.

 How do you like your eggs in the morning?


Goldfinch likes them poached…so I have been practising making the perfect poached eggs for him and the perfect Hollandaise. I am going to confess to you that I find it hard to make perfect poached eggs with a fluid gold yolk. I made them a couple of weeks ago for Goldfinch and the yolks were hard – fail! Goldfinch was very gracious about it. Have I mentioned recently how much I love that man!

I go through phases with eggs. I don’t normally buy them, but if I feel I am in major need of protein in my diet I have read that eggs are one of the best sources of protein. I would mostly buy eggs to bake with – quiche and cakes need eggs usually.

If I was going to eat them on their own merit, I like them scrambled, fried (I am more than happy with overdone, but can’t bear them underdone – raw egg makes me feel queasy) or hard-boiled and chopped up and mixed with a mayonnaise. I like variety in everything. Only I almost always have eggs with buttered toast, or maybe a toasted English muffin. If they were fried yesterday I would want them scrambled today. Eggs and asparagus – yum!

My Questions:

When you went to the play-park as a child, did you have a favourite apparatus? (eg the swings, see-saw, slides, climbing frame)

If I were to send you a bouquet of flowers – what kind of flowers would you like to see in it? (Tom – if you don’t really want me sending you flowers…how about chocolates?)

When you have a cold, how do you treat it? Do you dose yourself up with items you have bought from the pharmacy or do you have any home remedies you rely on? Is there anything else you do to try to cheer yourself up while you are ill?

I Am Tagging:

FOWC with Fandango — Fluid