Last night was the culmination of the Carnival season in the South West.
Last night was Bridgwater Carnival - a spectacular of lights, tableau, dancing and music.
Last night we had heavy rain in the early part of the evening followed by fog.
Last night was bonfire night - the Rugby Club near the motorway held the biggest fireworks display in Somerset.
Last night I had planned on taking my children to Bridwater Carnival but the appalling weather combined with the heavy traffic it always attracts on the short hop between motorway junctions meant that we decided not to go this year.
Last night we talked about going to the Rugby Club display but again, the weather was the deciding factor.
That and the fact that we have been invited to a fireworks party on Sunday so the children won't be missing out.
Today has been a day spent watching the news - watching FB for updates - making and receiving phone calls and texts - checking in and being checked upon.
Last night there was the most appalling accident on the motorway right on the junction to my town.
At least 27 vehicles were involved. There have been fatalities, at least 10 although final figures are yet to be confirmed. A huge fireball enveloped all three carriageways.
I don't know yet if anyone I or the children know was involved. I do know that my family and (as far as I know) friends are safe As are we.
I also know that had I taken the children to the carnival it's likely that we would have been passing that spot at around that time on our way home.
At the moment we are just waiting and praying. What else can we do?
All day there has been the sound of helicopters passing overhead. Some will be emergency services, some the media. The town is very quiet. The motorway will be closed for many hours yet as they clear away the debris.
It seems so wrong to refer to it as debris. These are people and their possessions.
Another reminder of how fragile life can be ...
I'm writing every day as part of NaBloPoMo - Normally this isn't the kind of post I would write.
I don't want to sensationalise this tragedy just to give myself blog material - how distasteful would that be?
But, to write about anything else today would seem frivolous and equally distasteful.