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“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”
― Maya Angelou

It’s hard to ignore the weather – storm after storm has been attacking the UK and the latest is due in about an hours time where we are. The weather is appalling. Yesterday it was beautiful and the water levels had a chance to drop just a little bit – today they are right back up again.

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Everyone is wishing for a break from the rain – but then we’ll likely have a hosepipe ban (although maybe we’ve had enough rain to last us a year already!) Stockbridge, a lovely little town with beautiful shops and a quaint high street, was busy piling up the sandbags yesterday. They were barricading parking spaces on the main street to stop cars driving into the floods and swamping their front doors.

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Everywhere, traders are battling against the road closures with signs proclaiming that despite everything, ‘We’re still open!’ if you just bother to follow the poorly signed diversion routes and find us…

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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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