Today, for the first time for a few days, it is dry, sunny and the wind has dropped considerably. Today was to have been our jaunt over the Pennines and on to Ravenstonedale to meet up with four friends, exchange Christmas presents and have a lunch together. And, looking out of the window, it is a lovely day for such a journey.
But the police have asked everyone to stay at home unless their journey is really necessary because the floodwater is everywhere and many places are underwater. The fields opposite us are under water and our beck, which runs past my cottage in the village, is 'banking' but has not actually come over. It did so five years ago with disastrous results and this time, when bad weather was forecast, the council came round with sandbags.
So we stay at home sadly (although there is a Snooker final on TV)
and I am cooking the lunch. But better safe than clogging the road or getting stuck in deep flood water which is running off the high ground and settling on the roads in various dips. Desmond (or the 4th serious storm of winter if you would rather drop the names) has certainly caused havoc here in the North of England.