Monday, 9 February 2009

Winter Storm

On the Country File weather forecast yesterday we were told to expect a winter storm, torrential rain and gales. Most of yesterday, all night and through out today it has rain but not been too windy, I thought we had been lucky and escaped the worst of it but no it is still to come ! In the last 24 hours we have had 46.1 mm of rain. That doesn't sound much, but with the ground already waterlogged there is nowhere for the water to go, also we are expecting high tides. Much of the lower part of the town is already flooded as are many of the side roads and fields. A couple of hedgerow banks have collapsed and roads are impassable.

The sheep are more than content to stay in the stable and munch on hay, as long as it doesn't get too windy the geese are also fine, but the poor old hens are really suffering this winter. They hated the cold frozen ground, they dislike all this rain and wind. I have tried to make it as comfortable as I can for them, they have places to shelter from the rain, food available all day and a separate coop full of straw where they spend most of the day huddled together but all they really want is a calm, sunny day.

I think we are all wishing for that now.

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