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more than ordinarily vulnerable

November 25, 2012

We’re still being buffeted by wind and rain. The grass in the garden reminds me (only very slightly) of summers long ago when the kids were all small and we used to have a paddling pool – when the pool water got too dirty we’d empty it out and flood the grass to squeals of delight.

There aren’t squeals of delight now, but there’s a veneer of water sitting on the grass (I would call it a lawn, but it seems a little far fetched at the moment). It’s more than a veneer in fact – the whole garden’s a pond for the leaves to swim in. Surely it can’t rain for much longer…we’ll need sand bags soon.

This afternoon there was a break in the rain’s intensity (meaning that we could see  through the rain) so the Beloved, Arlo and I went for a splash down to the river (an incidental discovery is that  my wellies leak, but the beloved tells me that this is OK because it’s nearly Christmas…).

There were quite a few people out, and  some were even cycling. I’m impressed. Arlo said that maybe their bikes were dirty and needed a clean – it’s a thought.

The field by the drive was completely under water and the drive itself had obviously succumbed to the  rising water earlier as there was a swathe of grass and sticks across it looking like Anthony Goldsworthy had collaborated with the environment to make another artistic creation.

The weir could be heard roaring away from quite some distance. It’s quite a thrilling, physical sound. When we got nearer we could see that there was a rather large tree uprooted and beached on it. (Eat your heart out Anthony).It was almost as if the weir was trying its hardest to move the tree on,  but was failing spectacularly.

I wonder how the proposed Archimedes screw will cope with such things…



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