And to think of the next but one line:
'and all the boards did shrink. '
I really think that unless we have been flooded we cannot possibly imagine the horror of it. We were flooded in late July up here and those affected are still not in their homes and possibly will still be out at Christmas. But at least the weather was reasonably warm. Today here in North Yorkshire, not so very far away from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, where this week's floods are it is freezing cold - and I mean freezing. This morning there was thick frost on the windscreen of my car.
And then the news turns to Venice - the worst high tide in fifty years - priceless treasures ruined in S Mark's Square - the lowest part of the city.
I am sitting at my computer looking out of the window. The sky is grey, the wind is blowing, it is raining heavily, it is very cold. Even Tess, when I took her round the block at lunch time, was eager to get back indoors. Yes, inside is the place to be today and we must all spare a thought for those out of their homes and in temporary accomodation - and with no idea at all of when things will be back to normal. And in addition there is more heavy rain forecast for that area tomorrow.