As we reach an unprecedented tenth day without rain, there are signs that this dreadful drought is beginning to take its toll…

still quite muddy fields
… our fields are nothing but an expanse of cracked and baking mud …

water still lying in the ditches
… our ditches and wetlands are beginning to dry up …

water still flowing over the ford

… even the ford is, well, not actually dried up yet.

You know what? After the soaking we’ve had for the last – what, 11 months now – I don’t think we’re looking at a hosepipe ban any time soon.

Still, if the weather gods would like to prove me wrong …


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