Forget Sandbags, Send Gopherwood

Met Office: bringing joy across the nation

‘I hope you aren’t washed away,’ a friend emailed last night having seen the forecast – our London friends do seem to like to keep track of our weather, and let us know when it’s shaping up to be truly dreadful. I was initially inclined to pooh-pooh the Met Office and its dire forecasts and severe weather warnings, particularly for ‘heavy rain’. I mean, how bad could it be? But that was before we realised that the reason why our front yard hadn’t flooded yet was because the flood was building up in the back and – when the other half had cleared the blockage that was threatening to overwhelm the damp proof course (apparently we have one…) – is now also flooding in the front. We have deployed our only sandbag, and are now moving things out of the most threatened of the other half’s shed empire onto higher ground.

There’s more to say, and pictures, but if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and google ‘cubits’ and work out how to build an ark.

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14 Responses to Forget Sandbags, Send Gopherwood

  1. Nick says:

    It’s been a beautifully fine sunny day here.

  2. disgruntled says:

    yeah – keep an eye on those dykes, though

  3. Paul says:

    I’ve just heard a report on Radio five about a group of villagers somewhere in Cumbria where it floods so often they’ve bought their own pump between them.

  4. Dom says:

    Not had much rain here but we’re getting wind like you wouldn’t believe. My neighbour knocked on the door earlier to return the sheet that was pegged to the line (4 pegs, and not wimpy ones either) which had been blown down the bottom of the road.

    As to Ark building I think you’ll find that that’s no longer done in Scotland and has moved to the far east where it’s more cost effective.

  5. Flighty says:

    If it keeps raining I suppose you’ll be thinking about growing rice next year! xx

  6. Paul says:

    I’ve just had a thought, you had better build your own ark, because if the local powers that be build one it probably won’t accommodate those who can’t prove at least 200 years Scottish ancestry.

  7. disgruntled says:

    hehe – waters receding a little (fingers crossed) although it’s started raining again…

  8. john says:

    good luck.
    ps have you ever tried parsnip crisps, really nice.
    John

  9. disgruntled says:

    Thanks. We seem to have survived the worst.

  10. Sarah says:

    Good. Because you’d have needed Planning Permission for that Ark…

  11. disgruntled says:

    Surely it would come under the heading of an agricultural building though?

  12. cha0tic says:

    You might find this website handy:
    http://www.raintoday.co.uk/

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