Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Rain

Oh no it is raining again. A couple of days ago we had such a lot of rain the path in front of the house turned to a stream.


The land drains worked a treat and all the water from behind the house came spurting out and rushing down the hill.


Let's try to take a positive approach here: the hills are a glorious green. The vegetable garden does not need watering, including the new beds in the field which require the humping of heavy watering cans. The onion crop for some reason is the best ever. The hens are all laying, the Welsumer and the Frisian bantam having at long last given up their joint attempt at going broody, much of which involved sitting in the nesting box together, taking turns to sit on each other's head. I am about to go and see my daughter and son in law and my parents, which, as Ian and I are both going, will mean a lot of my favourite people all together. The roof is not leaking (fingers and toes crossed here).


But I do long for meals outside under the yew tree and a warm wind and lying down on the grass and watching the sky. Maybe next week.


I shall try to console myself with the thought that this was a only a couple of days ago.

21 comments:

  1. Very wet here in South Wales. It hasn't stopped stair-rodding since dawn but it does mean that my labours won't be needed on the watering rota for the planters along the river bank this week. It is an onerous task as the water has to be fished out of the river with a bucket on a rope for about 24 planters. See - it's an ill wind . . .

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  2. At this very moment it's dry here on the coast, but there was a wet weather warning this morning and it's hammered down for days and nights now. Does keep the little b*ggers next door inside though!

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  3. Your contemplating all those reasons to be cheerful, even when damp, has encouraged me to hunt for a few of my own.

    Thank you! xo

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  4. Yes, all our rain does mean the watering cans are redundant! And the grass is green (but growing!) and when it stops and the sun comes out everything sparkles with diamonds!

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  5. It would be soooo boring if our weather was always the same! You know the saying a change is as good as a rest?.....!
    CKx

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  6. All that rain must be the reason for the fabled English-rose complexion - sorry, but I couldnt' resist trotting out that old one!
    Over here we're trying to see the positive side of +35 degrees on an island that rarely sees more than 25 in the summer. We are wilting, and it's too hot to eat outside.
    Climate change!

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  7. Seeing these photos helps here ( just south of Pondie) as the thermometer starts to climb this morning. Really like the crocosmia. Mine are doing well, recently moved from the back yard where I always forgot to water things. Hummingbirds like them too. Well, here's to hoping the weather will improve for you very soon- all of you there in Wales. :)

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  8. Maybe you could send some rain over to my corner of the world - we could really use it!

    That photo with the water drops clinging to the stems of the flowers is really lovely.

    Sara

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  9. Yes, we need the rain but by the sound of it you've had alot of the stuff considering this summer was supposed to be rather good.. Hopefully there's still time..

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  10. It is difficult to be positive when we were told we were in for a scorching summer by the powers that be. It is school holiday and it is pouring with rain.
    The kitchen roof is leaking slightly.
    I am trying!

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  11. I woke this morning to a lovely long and slow and straight down rain. I'm so happy--I've never seen such green--it is lush and beautiful. Soon the summer August sun will come and we will be longing for some relief. But for now I'm glad for the rain. Let's all have our meals and wine on the porch.

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  12. It rains every day her in the heartland of the USA. I have had very little watering of the flowers to do. I might just get out of the habit all together. HH will say you gonna let that flower just die away. July will soon be over and we have never had 90 degrees all month. Look out next month we might be scorching.
    QMM

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  13. Lots of things to be positive about there, Elizabeth - and don't forget, this is Wales we're talking about - that's why your hills are so lush and green. I think the only wetter place in the northern hemisphere is possibly Ireland.

    Jolly wet here, too, if it's any consolation.

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  14. I think Cornwall may be a contender for the wettest place too Elizabeth. so desperate to egt into the garden, but not a hope. Lovely post though x

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  15. Apparently it's all down to sunspots. Did you know? 2008 bad year for sunspots, 2009 even worse. Changes the jet stream - no wonder the Arctic is melting. We get there cold and they get our warmth, or what passes for warmth in those desolate regions.
    We just get rain, though now I see blue sky from my window. Still at least I am spared the thrice weekly sojourns with the hosepipe and worries over what it's all doing to my water bill.

    (And annoyingly I have a box of runner beans that contrives to be in a species of rainshadow and which I have to water even when it is raining!)

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  16. I always have to explain to visitors that they MUST bring their wellies. The reason why the country is so beautiful is because it's green. And it's green because ...

    Just discovered your blog. Proper, tidy. As we say in my bit of Wales.

    Mad x

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  17. Is that Lucifer in your last photograph? I have him in my garden and I must say that however wet the weather (and it is most of the time at present) I always get a lift when I look out of the window at his cheery red.

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  18. Just taken my parents to see War Horse. Fantastic. Do go if you can.
    Raining again.

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  19. It's very wet here in Devon too. I'm trying to defy it to a certain extent and still going for my regular walks. At least it's warm rain!

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  20. I am now living in hope of an Indian Summer. Blackberry picking in the sun and golden evenings. By the way, the Bilberry crop over here is FANTASTIC this year so head over this way if you want to stock up the freezers...

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  21. Rain will be good for something -- greens things up.

    Would you prefer our weather -- over night temperatures at 3°C (or 37°F)?

    BTW-- are those the steps that seem to go nowhere?

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