Monday, 28 December 2015

Flooding

To say that there has been a lot of water about up here is the understatement of the year so far.   We have been virtually cut off from going far - not that we had any intention of going anyway, but my cleaner has been unable to reach her Mum's house in Hawes on Boxing Day for the first time in thirty years.

And of course, further down the country in East, West and South of the County, all our water from the becks and little rivers, and ultimately the rivers Swale and Ure have flowed into the River Ouse and then on through York, which has seen the worst flooding in seventy years.

Up here, where the rivers have always flooded, not a single house is built on the flood plain so although the roads are blocked and we are unable to go anywhere, no-one is seriously affected by water in the house.

Tomorrow the farmer is taking my son back to see the Specialist about his detached retina and as things stand at the moment they should be able to get through.   Bad weather is forecast for late tomorrow and early Wednesday but by then they should be home again and we are hoping that the news about the eye is good news.

It is sad that so many people's Christmas has been so spoiled and that the magic of Christmas for so many children has been marred - just hope Santa's toys made it through safely!

All that is left to do here in the farmer's household is to eat up what my mother always called the 'oughts' (not sure why).   So it is cold ham and pickles for lunch with fried potatoes, sprouts and carrots, and the remains of the trifle for pudding.   With bits like pigs in blankets and stuffing balls added I am sure we shall enjoy it all.  Then it will be clear the decks for a visit from the grandchildren tomorrow and seeing the New Year in in a couple of days.   Dare I say I shall be glad now when it is all over and things are back to normal (whatever that is).   Happy New Year to you all!



21 comments:

Dawn McHugh said...

Glad to hear you are all OK and dont have webbed feet, Have a lovely New Year with the family :-)

A Heron's View said...

A Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours Pat.
My job today is to make a Nut Roast which will carry us through the next two days, it will be side with sprouts, parsnips and baby potatoes.

Countryside Tales said...

Relieved you are OK. Same here re food. Fingers crossed for your son's eye check.

Heather said...

My thoughts and sympathy are with all those affected by the flooding. So pleased that you are high and (more or less) dry. Best wishes to your son for his hospital appointment.
We are gently grazing through the left overs but I was careful not to end up with too many.
Enjoy your grandchildrens' visit and a Happy New Year to you all.

Linda Metcalf said...

So far 45 deaths from the storms and tornadoes. We have had 7 inches of rain and more on the way. It is to turn to sleet/freezing rain tonight. We have been eating up all the leftovers until I never want to see another piece of baked ham. I have taken most of the decorations both inside and out down. Feels clean and back to normal. I hope to hear good news for your son's eyes.

the veg artist said...

So glad you are safe and dry. Take care.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I am glad to hear you are dry and can get your son to the doctor's. We have seen images on the news last night and it is incredible! I feel so bad for those who are flooded, especially at this time of year. I hope you receive very good news about your son's eye and have a nice time with grandchildren tomorrow. -Jenn

Elizabeth said...

Hoping all goes well with your son's eye. Must be very worrying.
I feel so sorry for the people affected by the awful flooding - will look it up on BBC news.
Your food, as ever, sounds delicious.
A lot of turkey remains here - I foresee turkey soup and turkey curry as far as the eye can see..... and into the new year!

donna baker said...

Well Pat, the old saying must be true - when it rains it pours. It is sleeting here now after tons of rain, some snow to come then the system moves out. From 70 degrees Christmas day to 33 degrees this morning. Floods, tornadoes, and winds I thought were going to blow the roof off. My son's fence blew down in the gale. We don't do weather like this as no one seems to be able to drive when it happens. Glad you are able to get out. We'll hope for an early spring. That would make it bearable. Happy New Year.

Midmarsh John said...

Great to hear you are not too badly affected by the atrocious weather.
I love potatoes, boiled, finely chopped or gently mashed and then fried with vegetables until nice and crispy on one side. 'Twas always my mothers Monday meal along with cold left over meat from the Sunday roast.

Derek Faulkner said...

So weird to see such appalling weather up north when we in the South East in Kent are getting so little rain, it's damp here but generally our rain this last few weeks has been drizzle rather than proper rain. On the nature reserve here, the ditches are full but we have no where near the amount of water that we've had in recent winters.
Like everybody else, it is so difficult to imagine how awful it must be to experience such regular flooding in such a short time.

Mac n' Janet said...

Rough weather in many parts of your country and ours, glad you're safe and dry. Still very warm here, so weird.

Sarah said...

Have been thinking of you when I see and read about the devastating floods. My mother used to say 'eating up the oughts' too and I really don't know the origin of it, although I feel I should. Best wishes to your son. Eyes are so important but it is amazing what surgeons can do nowadays with instruments so fine they leave no scarring, nor even blood. We've been walking along the Thames Path today near Cookham (Stanley Spencer country) and remembering when the flood plain and roads were five feet under water a couple of years ago.

John Gray said...

Wishing you all the very very best for 2016

Gerry Snape said...

I almost get the feeling that the earth is fighting back....floods...tornados...fires...icy storms...what else?!
Stay safe at the farm.

Coppa's girl said...

We hope that it's good news for your son. All the very best to you and your family for 2016. Happy New Year

angryparsnip said...

I hope your son and Farmer finds the roads very safe and his check up goes well.

A Happy New Year to you all.
cheers, parsnip and thehamish

Terry and Linda said...

I'm so glad you and the farmer are okay. The flooding has sure been bad there this year.

Linda

Barbara Womack said...

So glad to hear that you are safe and dry. We've seen such dire reports on the news!
We will be praying for safe travels and a good report for your son.

Hildred said...

So sorry about all the flooding. We are getting our precipitation in the form of snow, and it is really quite lovely,- every night someone sends a new blanket down to keep things pristine. With the full moon on Christmas Eve it was all very romantic, but alas, that is no consolation for you, Pat. My best wishes for your son's recovery, and for your celebration of the New Year.

Cro Magnon said...

We really feel for all those poor people who are flooded out, and I hear it's to continue. Dreadful. We, by comparison, have had our first few drops of rain for ages, this morning. I believe more is on its way over the next week.