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Posted: 18/02/2014 at 09:25

Sorry to start with a sombre note, but I'm off to a funeral this morning. 

One of my friends from the allotment - an old fellow who spent his life working in the local brewery, Wethereds, until it closed, and worked on the same plot for nearly 50 years, kept chickens up there, and distributed free eggs to us all  - he also found time to go round with his mower keeping all the grass paths looking fine.

He was a typical local countryman - he couldn't read, and I don't think he had much interest in anything other than gardening, but he was free with his knowledge to newcomers who sometimes struggled - a good and generous man.

Rest in peace Dennis

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Posted: 14/02/2014 at 23:14

I remember - near Heatherwood, where my daughter worked.

Safe trip home!

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Posted: 14/02/2014 at 22:38

Yes, Stacey, I live on the hills north of Marlow, looking down on the town. I can see Cliveden, Winter Hill, and Henley out of my front windows - loveliy in summer but a bugger when it's wet and windy! At least I'm safe from the River!

Hope you OK in Slough - I know there are lots of brooks in the Chalvey and Cippenham area - what part of town are you?

 

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Posted: 14/02/2014 at 21:16

Winds and rain in Marlow have been baaaaaaad for hours now. Saw BBC news earlier, and presenter in Marlow said water levels had dropped - don't know where in Town that was! Saw Marlow weir behind him, and it now appears to be surplus to requirements as the two water levels are just about meeting.

Higginson Park is full of water to the gates, which are just across the road from the High Street - next few days there will be gallons of water pouring down from the tops of the Chilterns, and things could become really grim.

Just hope all of you are keeping dry and warm, and damage free.

Regards to Verdun and all my friends and kin in the West Country.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 21:57

 I just love the comment invariably made by politicians and experts after disasters strike - ''lessons have been learned'!.

What lessons did they learn about the Somerset levels - things worked pretty well for hundreds of years, with locals knowing full well what the problems were, and how to resolve them - then the experts appeared - the Environment Agency. Led by failed politician, Mrs Young ( I won't honour her with a title), who was head of the Royal Society for Birds, they thought it would be a good idea to spend millions on a bird sanctuary, and encourage farmers to turn their fields into 'wetlands'

Has she, in hindsight, learnt any lesson?

Now run by another failed politician, Chris Smith, (again, no title), what did he ever know about the needs of areas like Somerset, and the Thames Valley? 

Has he learned lessons?

 Perhaps we should send all the buggers back to school before we let them loose on Quangoes where they have absolutely zero knowledge?

Apologies for language!

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Posted: 12/02/2014 at 16:20

Thanks for your concerns. House is fine, perfectly safe from floods as we are 400 feet above town, but strong winds are worrying as we are a tadge exposed up here!

Very difficult travelling around as most roads in the valley are bad - I can't get to Henley,Cookham, or Reading without huge detours, and more houses are being swamped by water rising from the water-table, rather than overflow from rivers.

Best wishes from Marlow-under-Thames to Punkdoc and anyone else who is suffering from the weather!

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Posted: 11/02/2014 at 23:21

Went down the hill into Marlow today - the flooding was unbelievable, most of it coming up from the water table rather than the river - god only knows how long it will ever take to drain away, as the valley is a couple of miles wide and edged by steep hills. Fire and rescue are doing a great job for residents, with a large command post set up in the park, and huge pumping engines in the streets and lanes. 

Most scaring is seeing Marlow lock and the weir, where the water levels are disappearing - normally there are height differences of six to ten feet. Yet my allotment is only ten minutes walk up the hill, and the ground is just about workable - crazy times!

Good luck to all of you affected by the water.

Unwanted visitor

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 17:48

Trying soaking old tea bags in Jeyes fluid and disperse around the areas affected - works pretty well. Also spray tea bags with Ralgex.

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Posted: 09/02/2014 at 17:42

Just seen Busy Lizzie's thread yesterday re the opera - you would have loved the performance of Aida,which I saw 20 years ago in Luxor, Egypt. It was staged at the Temple of Queen Hatshepshut,under the mountains, near the Valley of the Kings.

To reach it easily, the Egyptian Army built a pontoon bridge, spanning the Nile, from Luxor to Thebes - the whole thing was amazingly well organised, and to see Aida in a setting like that,in the desert -unforgettable.

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Posted: 07/02/2014 at 23:16

Lovely sunny day today here - spent most of it in the garden tidying up and shaping bushes and shrubs - washing drying quickly on the line - can't believe it was just a brief respite in the bad weather.

Thoughts are with Verdun and everybody in the far west tonight .

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