This morning North West England have brought in a hosepipe ban from August 6th. Things are getting serious. I have not hosed my garden here in North East England for the last week as I felt it was irresponsible. One has only to look at the fields to see how serious the situation is - second crop silage was a very poor crop and since it was cut the grass has not greened up at all - the fields are golden. Unless something gives soon the farmers will have to start feeding cattle which means that silage will then be short before winter is over.
Well that is how it was yesterday. But have things changed overnight. Well, let's put it this way, at eight o'clock last evening we had a tremendous thunder storm - a bigger one than I have seen here in a very long time. It lasted a good hour and the rain came down in sheets. Everything was soaked, the roads were flooded, my steep drive was like a waterfall and still the rain fell. By the time I went to bed it had stopped and the air was fresh and clean. This morning it has dried up but the sky is full of black clouds - there is still an ominous look to it all. On Breakfast Television they have just said that in parts of North Yorkshire an inch of rain fell in an hour so no watering of plants with a heavy can needed today!
Oh, and if you are interested, I have not got my water butt fixed in yet, so no excess water saved for the next time.