There is a lot of it about at the moment and around here it is the main topic of conversation - is the Ure over or can you get to West Witton via Wensley or do you have to go round via Redmire? If that question is 'double dutch' you can easily look it up on a road map. One thing is for sure - if the warning signs are flashing it is never safe to ignore them. It is said that the Ure can rise 20feet in an hour as water comes crashing down off the fells and if it is pouring down around me and my garden you can rest assured it is raining twice as hard on the tops.
But enough of that. The river was up and the road was impassable yesterday - at the moment the sky is blue and the sun is out. Open the door (as I have just done) and a harsh winter wind hits you but from where I am sitting the world looks pretty and here and there a snowdrop has dared to push its head above ground. Roll on crocus time and then daffodil time.
Similar weather here on Sheppey. At the beginning of October the ditches and fleets on the nature reserve that I warden, were still bone dry from the drought. Now, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get round most of the reserve due to the flooding, most of the ditches have overflowed onto the grazing marsh and the poor old sheep are grazing in more and more flood areas - quite amazing the turn round has been. Around 8-10 hours of heavy rain forecast for tomorrow as well.
Daff shoots are about 2" high, a few crocus just showing colour and a few coloured heads on the hellebores. Yes, spring is on its way, thankfully.
We have springtime warmth here in Virginia and if it continues, the crocus and daffs are bound to appear because they don't know it's just mid-January.
It's good to be cozy indoors and to wear cozy comfy clothes for the times when you need to open the door!
Incredible! I was amazed when Monty Don ousted ohotos of what looks like a roaring river through some of his gardens.
Winter is here.
As you state, rising flood waters are dangerous and must be taken seriously. It is 50 degrees F in Massachusetts today. Yesterday, it snowed and left a dusting throughout. This winter going from freezing and light snow to 50-60 degrees is common.
Wow, that's all a bit scary. Here in Pennsylvania we have had lots of rain overflowing the creeks, subsiding and then more rain. I lay in bed last night listening to it pounding on our roof. My dog, Lucy, was dealing with a stomach bug and had to brave it all to be let out off and on all night. I am glad it's another day...no rain, overcast but Lucy is sleeping peacefully. Take care.💖
NZ has had scary rain and floods too...not the summer we expect here!
The water is rising on the canal where my youngest daughter and her husband live. They've had to slacken off the ropes of their mooring. Tewkesbury Abbey is on an island once more and there is always flooding in and around Gloucester after a lot of heavy rain.
Today we actually had blue skies and sunshine, but there was a strong breeze with a real bite when I went out this morning. At least it is behaving like winter.
We won't have daffs peaking for a couple of months yet. Usually late March or so...
Here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge we are expecting 3-5 inches of snow tonight and then 60 degrees on Monday.Last year we lost all of our Daffodils because just after they had opened up we had a killing frost which laid them all down.I hope that does not happen this year because they are welcomed by all of our neighbors as sign that Springtime has arrived.
Stay well Pat, From your followers in Virginia.
Rainy day here yesterday. Cold and snowy today. Sadly, no daffodils to be seen.
In the lower left corner of my screen it says 9C Heavy Rain. Bah!
Still relatively mild here but very windy, if not to say stormy. Rain is never far from falling these days, and from Monday onwards, we‘ll see proper winter temperatures and most likely snow.
On my walk yesterday, I spotted snowdrops in several gardens, and winter jasmine has been out for a few days. Too early for daffodils here.
20 feet in an hour?! Our river has dropped about 18 inches over night for some reason. It will probably rise again over the weekend.
Day after day of rain and leaden skies is becoming monotonous. Some snow is forecast for next week, which I dread even more!
Librarian - I love winter jaine - I think this is the first garden where I haven't had a bush
Derek I love to read of your Reserve you know. Have all the cattle been taken in for winter?
Thanks everyone. Seems there is a lot of water about everywhere.
It is turning chilly and bright for the rest of the week, which will lend towards a more pleasant walk to work tomorrow morning. X
So lucky today, soft grey clouds with a light rain and more rain and snow up in the Catalina Mountains.
I note in the Daily Telegraph today that Ronald Blythe died on Saturday.
Thank you for the news of Ronald Blythe's death. I often wrote to him about things in his books and always got a reply. Expect his Obit will eventually appear in the Times.
Thanks to you all.
Yes, the obituary is in the Telegraph today.
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