In what’s shaping up to be the rainiest winter ever, there’s an unwelcome new development: the courtyard in front of our house has taken to flooding regularly.* This morning was another wild and wet start and pretty soon the water levels were creeping up and no amount of poking things with a stick was going to make any difference

yard flooded

A quick yomp around in wellies revealed that we were surrounded

The burn that runs down one side of the property had overflowed and was now running across our drive as well as onto the road

driveway converted into a burn

On the other side and behind the house the water was running directly off the hillside behind us and pooling right up against the back wall, which may be why we don’t have a back door. Oh well, I’ve always wanted to live in a property with a moat…

flooding at the back of the house

As for outside the property, it’s never a good sign when there are white caps on the water running down the road.

whitecaps on the water on the road

It did all drain away eventually, although it reached the shed door at its height and I spent a fair bit of time anxiously monitoring it. If this continues we’re going to have to erect a depth gauge in the front yard, ford-stylee

Meanwhile, here’s a glimpse of the real thing.

ford in flood

More heavy rain forecast for tomorrow. Oh joy.

*It tells you something about the Scottish weather that it’s possible to be in danger of flooding even when you live on the side of a hill

8 Responses to Surrounded

  1. commuterjohn says:

    If….we have as dry a summer in comparison to the very wet winter were having then there will be forest fires.
    Severve weather for sure, fortunately it stayed out of your house.

  2. CJ says:

    Yikes, that’s a lot of water. I’m glad it wasn’t worse for you. There’s been masses of rain here again today. And more forecast. It’s scaring me a bit now.

  3. Viviane says:

    Soon you might be living on an island… ?

  4. WOL says:

    Looks like you have to wade out a couple of yards before you even get to the ford, and a couple more yards after you’ve forded. Never mind the wellies; best break out the hip boots. Or else gather your pots of hunny and climb a tree.

  5. disgruntled says:

    John – if last summer was anything to go by, it will take a very prolonged spell of dry weather for everything to dry out
    CJ – so far at least the heavy rain hasn’t materialised here, thankfully. Hope your heads stay above water too
    Viviane – I hope not…
    WOL – given the speed the water was flowing, hunny and climbing a tree looks the safer option

  6. oftpaster says:

    That would be a bit too close for my comfort. Makes a pretty photo though……

  7. disgruntled says:

    True! Every cloud and all that

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