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“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”
― Norman Maclean

Today, although the road was flooded, we ventured onto the meadow to survey the damage. The road that I photographed yesterday evening was a river today – still only just passable. Local people were treating it like a fairground attraction, with quad bikes racing through and people posing in front of the flood water for photographs.

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The meadow itself has joined the river that ‘used’ to run alongside it. A huge tree has fallen on the river bank and completely covers the river which has probably contributed to a lot of the flooding. Mini Islands have formed, and there’s no way of getting across without submerging yourself in water almost up to your knees.

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Buddy loved it. Usually not one for water, he was bounding in and out of every new lake and is now sitting in his bed mournfully looking at his completely sodden fur and probably wishing he hadn’t bothered! Buddy is one of those dogs that tries to lick himself dry after getting soaked.

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Back out on the road afterwards, people were starting to become a bit more sensible and were turning around rather than ploughing through the river that once was the road. Luckily, this area is designed for flooding and the water meadows either side (one being ours!) are there to help ease the water. However it’s beyond that now. But there are no nearby houses which is a saving grace at least! Below is the level of water – that used to be a road beneath all that – and it was almost (but luckily not quite!) coming in the car door when the door was opened…

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The Bee Keeper who uses a bit of our meadow for a couple of hives, was down there probably rescuing them! Luckily they’re perched on an island surrounded by water, but it doesn’t bode well given what we’re forecast over the coming week.

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We’re almost at forty days of blogging, and forty days of rain. I hope that in the coming months I will have less wet things to Photograph – but the 365 challenge is about blogging what’s in front of you so whilst that’s happening I shall continue!

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“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
― Vivian Greene

Well we didn’t dance in the rain, but there was certainly enough of a storm today for some fantastic Photographic opportunities. We headed to The Bunnies (those who watch this blog regularly will know it’s a favourite of mine for Photographs!) Buffeted by the wind, with cameras precariously being blown about, we photographed for a little while before deciding it was far too cold to stand the weather any longer.

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But on our travels back, we happened across a fallen tree, handily captured by some power lines (or so you might think) with motorists taking the leap and edging their cars carefully underneath it rather than turning around to find another route.

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After calling it in to the police, who were already on their way, we made use of the moment and snapped away for a bit. It’s almost a year since I photographed the January Storms which, almost immediately, made it into the local paper with my first ever byline – so let’s hope that they snap this one up too and round up the year of blogging nicely!

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Also you may have noticed, that today is termed ‘Day 365’ – It’s not quite there yet, I can only think that my numbering along the way has gone wrong! No time to go and figure it out though, a year of blogging officially ends on January 2nd…

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