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Chief Seattle (1786–1866) leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes

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A Country Soaked

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Welsh Frankton, Llangollen Canal.

1. Another squall blows in atop the Montgomery Canal.
2. Evening falls all to swiftly as these clouds arrive to darken the sky.

The weather has been changeable to say the least recently and hell bent on asserting the natural way of things.

The towpaths are inundated by run-off from the fields that slope down to the canal and lakes have formed or grown overnight where the water has nowhere else to go. Grazing livestock are particularly vulnerable as I often find dead sheep in the cut because farmers fail to fence field boundaries bordering canals and rivers. The wind has also found out the weak and rotten hiding amongst our trees and provided a good source of fuel for the stove. It's definitely not doom and gloom for those of us that live 'off-grid', especially for the likes of us living on a boat.

The EA's once in a hundred years flood prediction crystal ball seems to be another climate change hockey stick too. The Somerset village of Mulcheney is again currently isolated by flood-water with all roads leading to it under three feet of water. Mulcheney is saxon for 'Big Island'. They knew a bit back then!

Spring is on its way though!
8th Jan 2014, 01:13  


Viv says:

Happy New Year - out there on the canals.
I got this link
from a canal dweller like yourself - some sad stories - wondered if you had seen it?

9th Jan 2014, 12:58

Jim Huggett says:

H Bill & Ginny, happy new year, on Friday Osney was cut off and parts of the Botley Road were evacuated ! It is the EA intention to put a trench around western Oxford.Will take about 15 - 20 yrs to complete ?

11th Jan 2014, 21:47

wilvir says:

Hi Viv, No I hadn't seen that link you forwarded, but having done so it appears to be a bit of mischief in the making. Many thanks though.

15th Jan 2014, 17:45