Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Heavy rain again last night, so much so that it woke me up. It was just like someone throwing buckets of water at the bedroom window. I lay there in the darkness, listening to the wind howling and waiting for the next deluge to hit the pane. There's something very comforting, being warm and dry snuggled under the covers and listening to it all going on out there. We have been fortunate that the inside of our house has not been flooded and I really feel for those people who have had to deal with water in their houses for the best part of a month - not good!
When the brook water rises, it carries all the brash and broken tree stumps from up stream and these get caught in the tunnels of the bridge under the road causing the minor or major mayhem according to the volume of water. The floods have been right up to the top of the posts. I can remember a huge tree stump a few years back, being lodged on the top wooden rail and the foot bridge from higher up being dragged across the road by the current.
Another brook which marks the English/Welsh border along the edge of our garden was in full throttle. It carries the water right from the top of the Long Mountain and gathers a massive force by the time it meets the other and reaches the bridge at the bottom of our road. There's an iron grid across this one to stop debris blocking a long black tunnel a bit further down. We've toyed with the idea of using the water for hydro-electric power. O/H built a water wheel some years back but with hardly a trickle in the summer months, we never got round to installing it.
A couple of weeks ago, another grid higher up got blocked and we woke up to find sheets of muddy water flooding poly tunnels, garden shed and His workshop - Yuk what a mess!
I sowed a few rows of beetroot at the end of last summer. Some of it's looking a bit poorly, but one little patch has survived, so not too bad.
I noticed today too, as I took my camera round, the pink flower bud of a bergenia plant was just starting to come out. Ragged primroses out in the front border and masses of red berries on the cotoneaster by the door.
Did you notice the catkins, 2nd picture down? They're early this year, everything is.