Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Rain And Floods

It was rather a dull day yesterday. I worked and caught up with lots I had to do, the dogs slept and slept, exhausted after their weekend. While I worked the fox cub slept on the path in the garden too. Youngest son has built such a rapport with it while we have been away, it comes and sits by the fence and he opens his window and chats to it.


When I went out to feed the birds, it had moved to the side of the garden and was sitting watching me. I put some dog biscuits down for it and it sat munching on them while I was round and about. When I walked up to the aviary I was really surprised to see another cub sitting looking at me. It was about the same size as the cub that was in the garden eating the biscuits. I have never seen two cubs together this year, I really wonder if it could be a sibling I have just not seen or maybe a cub from another nearby pair of foxes. It was quite an exciting discovery.

While I was out in the garden the sky was getting darker and darker and I could hear plops of rain starting on the aviary roof. I had to dash in as it was getting heavier and within a few minutes it was absolutely pouring. It poured and poured, thunder and lightning, it was relentless. For the first time I was worried we were going to flood. There was a small river running down the path by our back door that was getting deeper and deeper. Since our neighbours have had their extension built the water really rises on our terrace with no where to drain to in heavy rain, it is quite a worry. 


I had some shopping to do at our local shops and I waited and waited but in the end decided I would just have to get on with it. All the shops were in chaos. Every shop I went in was mopping up from flood water that had come in through the back doors and one had water pouring in through the roof as well. I felt really sorry for them all. As the woman who works in the chemist said to me "This is all we need on a Monday!" I think the problem is our little area is on quite a steep hill and it just seems to rush downwards to the shops, the more houses and extensions that are built and the more front gardens that are paved over just seem to be making the problem worse and worse. 

At least the forecast is better today, but I hate to complain when I see the terribly high temperatures and wild fires some people in the world are having to deal with. I'm off to see my Dad today, hopefully I won't get soaked again, but I'm definitely not forgetting my umbrella. Have a lovely day everyone what ever the weather. xx

6 comments:

  1. How wonderful to have a second fox cub visit your garden. We didn't have the heavy rain or thunder here yesterday but it lashed it down on Sunday night. I feel sorry for you having the worry of flooding and those poor shopkeepers having their businesses flooded. Yes those wildfires are so awful, I saw on the news one man escaped but lost his home and four dogs, so heartbreaking. I always think about the poor wildlife too.

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    1. It only seems to have become a problem since our neighbour built and extension as it just gathers now. I think of the wildlife too in these situations. Even in the heavy rain I was worrying about the foxes getting soaking wet or their fox hole flooding!

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  2. Oh Thats why there was a Yellow weather warning for rain! We only had 3 spots here and I'd read the warning and wondered why.

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    1. It is so strange how some areas can get the heaviest of rain and some areas completely miss it. I suppose the line has to stop somewhere!

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  3. The drains weren't designed to take the run-off from paved-over gardens. I keep saying to the kids: when you buy a house make sure it isn't somewhere that could flood. Maybe I should add to look to see where heavy rainwater can escape to.

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    1. My son has just had drains put all around the edge of his new terrace as he was so worried about his low lying back garden. I can't understand it when some people with an enormous front garden pave it completely over with not one bit of garden at all. Then they park their three 4x4s on it, don't get me started on that one!

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