Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Wet Beetroot


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.

31 comments:

  1. I completely missed the catkins for the torrent. Warm and snug inside is lovely!

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  2. It looks like you are having spring in the winter. All that water would give me caution, but it sounds like you have lived in that environment for a long time. You live in a lovely area, Molly, and that waterwheel you are thinking of installing would be a practical and beautiful thing.

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    1. A water wheel would be fantastic. O/H built one out of wood a few years ago. He did actually make a good job of it, except that he wishes he had constructed it in steel - the wood didn't stand up to the water too well.

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  3. We have several groups of Snowdrops around the cottage, which brighten us up in all this dreary weather.

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  4. My field has flooded
    First time in 8 years

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  5. That poor beetroot being under water. I do hope your weather is improving - 26 degrees C here today.

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    1. We've got another storm apparently coming in tomorrow. 26 C is uncomfortably hot.

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  6. We experienced that same wind and rain last night, and it's still at it this morning. I shall have to take the dogs out in about 3 hours; I'm not looking forward to it!

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    1. According to the weather people - this has been the wettest January since records began - don't think I'd relish the idea of taking the dogs out either.

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  7. I guess whoever built your house all those year ago chose their site with care; good to know that you are dry and warm.

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    1. Hi Elaine, thank you for your comment. Hope you are keeping warm and dry too.

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  8. That is some fast moving water. I think it would be nice to install your waterwheel...even in the 'slow water' months it would still be a lovely thing to see.

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    1. I think old age has overtaken us - maybe someone else after us will.

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  9. So glad you've been able to remain snug and dry. It's also good to see some signs of Spring. As for the waterwheel! Sounds like it would be a fabulous sight!

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    1. Hope that you are keeping warm and dry too.

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  10. Wet and windy there (similar to here), but you have the added situation with the brooks to deal with. Glad you're able to keep dry and warm.

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  11. Nothing a girl hates more than a wet beetroot! :-D
    How lovely to have catkins, I must look for some down on the levels, before the river bursts its banks again!

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    1. Muddy wet beetroot ugh. It does cheer you up though when you see all those lovely signs of spring.

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  12. Little bit damp out your way? How I wish we could somehow even things out, swap some of your wet for our dry, some of our heat for the snow in the USA and Canada, let the whole world have more temperate climates.

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    1. Not fair is it. Hope that bite on your shoulder has healed up.

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    2. Yes, it has, thank you, shrinking away to nothing now.

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  13. That water looks ominous, so glad you've been safe through all the floods. What a winter!

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    1. The current can be a bit vicious. I fell in the brook one February - not a nice experience. I'm very wary of it now.

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  14. Hasn't it been terrible, Molly? Up on our hill the rain is just a miserable nuisance, but you're down in the valley where it can be a real danger. I was reading about the cars that were trapped at the bridge in Llandrinio yesterday and there’s yet more rain and wind forecast for the weekend. Wales has been the wettest place in the UK in January. Stay safe.

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  15. I know Llandrinio well - spent my childhood there - I was christened, confirmed and married in Llandrinio church. Have lived through a lot of floods down there. Hope you are keeping well and putting your feet up like the doctor ordered.

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  16. Goodness Molly that is a lot of flood water. I was glad to see from your comment at mine that you have been able to sow some seeds in containers. At least you are getting a head start.

    Everything seems behind by a week or so in our neck of the woods though. Take care.

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  17. Wales sure has had its floods this year! But your photos at the end show that plants come back.

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