Monday, 26 November 2012

Weather

I am afraid there is plenty of it here at the moment - the North East is now getting the deluge that was in the South West last week.   And as we have already had it once in the last six weeks we really don't want it again.   Luckily this time we are better prepared, in that most villagers have barricaded their driveways with sandbags and the water seems to be flowing straight past.

I find the speed and power of the water quite terrifying.  In the fields opposite the farm we have our own little Lake District but the farm itself is largely unaffected.

Friend J, who lives alone,  was very badly flooded,and is just beginning to get back to normal.   The furniture is away being repolished, the place has dried out, the skirting has been replaced and at present the decorators are in prior to the new carpet being fitted.  When I heard how bad things were in the village today I feared the worst but a mutual friend rang to say that everyone had the sandbags out in good time and had avoided the worst.

Over the weekend another friend has passed away.   That makes two friends lost in the last month.   It is always sad to see them go and in addition it really makes one aware of one's own mortality. What we all need is a few days of sunshine to make us all feel a bit better about things.   In both cases there has been a life well-lived and so there is that to celebrate, but there is also sadness that they have had to leave us.

It is dark now and still raining but the farmer has been round and drawn all the curtains to shut the horrible weather out.   The wood burner is glowing, the kettle is singing and it is time for tea.  See you tomorrow. 

18 comments:

Joanne Noragon said...

Stories of all your rain makes me cold and damp here in the midwest of the USA. Rushing water frightens me, too. Good for the sandbags.

Bovey Belle said...

Glad that everyone was prepared this time. I am glad we live on a hill, even though that has turned into a river (from the field run-off) at times in the past when we've been the recipients of torrential rain.

Sorry to hear that another friend has left you and that sense of your own mortality is scarey. I agree with you, some days of sunshine would not go amiss right now . . .

Heather said...

I have always been rather scared of water and it's power when out of control is terrifying. My heart goes out to all those whose homes and businesses have been flooded. The damage done must be soul destroying and getting back to normal takes so long, and some things are irreplaceable.
So sorry to hear you have lost another friend but it is good that they both enjoyed full lives and will have left their friends with memories of happier times.

Penny said...

Enjoy the warmth inside, hope the sun shines again soon.

John Gray said...

sorry about your friend pat.
take care

Pam said...

Keep warm and safe Pat. There certainly seems to be a lot of flooding in England at the moment.
Sorry to hear about the loss of your friends.

Woman Seeking Center said...

Rain, flood and over saturated ground are worrysome - it's been much the same in our area. With great luck the farm here (Upstate NY) escaped the intense wrath of 'Sandy' visited upon NYC/Jersey area but the rains were intense....

Sad and sorry to hear of your two friends now on the other side of the door ~ it's a small solace (tho a bit of comfort)that memories remain forever ours.

Stay warm, safe and dry Pat!

Hugs
Issy

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Pondside said...

I am always happy to think that we live on a big rock - but even here I can hear the rushing of the stream below, and when the ponds overflow, as they are doing now, the water pours downhill to that stream. We go to sleep at night to the sound of the small deluge.

patteran said...

Unsettling weather at best, frightening at worst. No time is right to lose loved ones, but these torrential days and nights are no help or comfort. Stay close to your fire, Pat!

Gwil W said...

The UK weather has made headlines here in Austria.

Em Parkinson said...

So sorry to hear about your friend. That mortality thing is very unsettling. Keep safe from the water.

Mary @ Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

While it is flooding in England, there is drought in America's heartland. The weeks keep rolling by without rain; last summer's drought is still very much with us.
I will, in my mind, enjoy some of your warmth inside while the rain falls all around.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you for your kind remarks and sympathy. The water is gradually receding now and no houses in our village have been affected. Sunshine this afternoon.

Reader Wil said...

Your house must be a snug and cosy place now the wood burner is glowing and the kettle is singing! How poetical.
I am so sorry that you suffere from floods. I saw it on TV.
Yes in Tasmania it is summer now, so it will be nice now, but I am not looking forward to the flight.

Dave King said...

Commiserations on the unfriendly deluge. I have to agree about the power and destructive nature of water. It can be terrifying. The situation was brought home to me the other day when a weather forecaster mentioned that the present wet spell had really begun in April!

Commiserations, too, on the loss of yet another friend. I'm afraid this is something that goes with our time of life.

Blessings to you and yours. Home things pick up soon.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Sorry you've had so much rain. It's particularly sad to see the flooding here, knowing that other areas of the world are experiencing drought...

The Weaver of Grass said...

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