Monday, July 23, 2007

So Far So Good!

Hi y'all!

We've had several enquiries from concerned friends and relatives about the floods, so I thought I'd make a quick post to say that we're fine. There's a lot of water about in the fields and on the roads, but we haven't had any in the garden or the house (touch wood).

This summer there have been 3 major flooding events in the borderlands. Last summer we were in a big drought. We've gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. Last summer the stream went completely dry and we were assailed by the stink of rotten fish and fresh water shrimp. This summer the stream is roaring down it's bed and at times it has risen to within a few inches of the bank. The stink this year came from a dead young badger up on the bank. We think it may have been hit on the road and crawled home to die. Another one was found dead on the road at about the same time, but John and Clive buried it.

We have been flooded by volunteer work, however. Everything came at once - mailings for Scrappies, the food fayre, the opening of the summer exhibition at the museum and now we're in the throes of the arts festival. Add in numerous visitors and our trip to the Lake District and you can see that we've hardly had time to draw breath.

Weight loss has been sporadic over the last couple of months, but I'm at a new low today: 85.8 kg (189lb, 13stone 7 lb).


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