Saturday, 17 September 2011
Three quarters of an inch of rain in the last twenty four hours and the river here is 'banking' (reaching the top of its banks). One of the biggest of the Dales Shows is on today - Stokesley Show - I can only imagine the quagmire which is the showground after all that rain.
We are going to a Ruby wedding celebration tomorrow in a marquee quite near to our local river, so we are hoping it has not burst its banks and flooded the field.
There has been a sharp blustery wind too and I noticed leaves down in profusion on my afternoon walk. Strangely enough the ash - which comes into leaf last of all - is the first to drop its leaves and our lane is lined with them today.
I looked up the ash before doing this blog, to find that it is more or less a worldwide tree - very common - and it belongs to the same family as the olive tree. In fact the rowan, or mountain ash, is not an ash tree at all and belongs to quite a different genus.
On a different note, I am sure we are all saddened by the deaths of the four miners. Until their bodies were found there was maybe a faint glimmer of hope but that hope was quickly dashed as one after another the bodies were discovered. Our hearts go out to their families.
Have a lovely weekend.