As I look out of the kitchen window and see the rain gauge, and see that it is almost full again, I can tell you that we have so far had almost five inches of rain in the last thirty-six hours and it is still pouring as I write. The field opposite is a lake, as are the fields above and below it; our drive is underwater and I cannot get out of the lane.
I usually go to Tesco on a Tuesday morning and then on to a friend's house for coffee - it is always a jolly occasion as we have so many interests in common and can chat non-stop. But she rang me earlier this morning to say that not only had she got water coming through her roof but that also the approaches to her house were cut off by water.
There is something very scary about our rivers up here. They can rise as much as twenty feet in an hour and when they are in spate they make a noise like an express train going through. They sweep away everything in their path.
I did try to go into our little market town a while ago, but where our lane joins the main road into town there was stationary traffice because the dip in the road a hundred yards further up was impassable. So it is lunch from the freezer today. Luckily it is full, as always, so we shall not go hungry.
I feel sorry for the cattle out in the fields. They stand dejected up against the hedge sheltering them from the worst of the weather. They have their heads down and look as though they are just waiting for it to pass over.
The same can be said for me. I shall sit by the wood burner, crochet another Afghan square for my blanket and read my book. I have just finished reading Julian Fellowes's 'Past Imperfect' which was an interesting book because it gives the reader such an insight into what life was like for the upper class in the days before we all became equal (ha!ha!). He is the chap who wrote 'Downton Abbey' which I didn't watch but which was very popular I understand. If they ever put 'Past Imperfect' on the TV I shall at least know what happens. It has a very good story line.
If you are suffering from this awful weather - keep dry and warm.