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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 22:27

It rained yesterday.  Disturbed night's sleep because of the noise of heavy rain accompanied by intense thunderstorms.  Lashed it down this morning .  Thought it had set in for another day - but by the afternoon, the sun had come out - and they're predicting a good day tomorrow

Driving out today, there was ample evidence of localised flooding - fortunately subsided by the time I was there ulike Frank's experience!

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Posted: 11/10/2012 at 22:18

Thanks Caroline - tea and cake = perfect comfort recipe.  I'm glad,in a way, that it's not just my laptop that has misbehaved - sometimes this MB seems to get a bit slow and/or twizzled up!

The rain has finally eased up.  If you saw on the news the pictures of the river that was Clovelly main street, then think of us a few miles further up the coast!  I may have moaned about our weather - but it could have been so very much worse!

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Posted: 11/10/2012 at 17:14

What a horrible week so far - and I haven't been able to get on to the MB - or rather, when I did, everything froze and even the PM I sent didn't go anywhere!

It has been grey all week - fog at tree-top level, rain, fog, more rain, and today it is chucking it down.  To ad to my woes (sorry if I dump it all here) OH was in hospital - fortunately, a minor op and out after a couple of days.  But it's a 2hour+ round trip to Taunton (the downside of rural living, I suppose) an driving each day through vile weather was no fun at all.  Yesterday, when I thought it was a bit less grey, I drove "over the top road" ie Exmoor.  Bad judgement call - thick, thick fog aka low cloud. 

It's depressing - but I shall batten down the hatches today.  OH is home, and it's warmer and drier indoors, that's for sure!

(Rant over.) 

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Posted: 07/10/2012 at 23:16

Nice day of sunshine with a bit more cloud than yesterday.  Got a lot done - cleared and cleaned GH and am nearly done with getting things battened down for winter in there.  There's still a lot of colour in the garden, and I must harden my heart and really get it sorted.  Trouble is, the verbena bonariensis still has lots of flowers giving late butterflies a much-needed boost (and I know their seeds will sustain the birds - but, oh the seedlings!  Everywhere!).  And the Michaelmas daisies are very late this year - but are dripping with butterflies, so they will just have to wait until they are well and truly finished before I cut them down. 

Badger (I presume) has rolled in the Miscanthus by the leat - so I'm in two minds whether or not to prop it back up or cut it down.  Roses are still blooming and in fine fettle. Hebes still in flower.  Verbascum has sent up yet more flowers. 

On second thoughts, perhaps I'll give it all just a couple more weeks . . . . .

(Caroline - if the weather sets in as they are suggesting it will this week, we'll be lucky to see the shore, let alone wave/do semaphore! 

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Posted: 06/10/2012 at 22:32

Caroline - you must have seen me waving!  It was gorgeous looking across the Bristol channel which, you must admit, can look rather murky at times!  Beautiful clear blue today, though.

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Posted: 06/10/2012 at 20:06

Glorious here in the SW, too.  And what a difference a few hours make!  Went across the moor again to Barnstaple - the most wonderful views across to Wales, with blue sea as calm as a millpond.  Getting cooler tonight, but hopefully it'll be almost as good again tomorrow.

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Posted: 05/10/2012 at 23:00

A rainbow week!  Lots of showers, lots of sunny interludes which created lovely rainbows at times. 

Tonight it is chucking it down.  Been across the moor to Lynton cinema (Anna Karenina - brilliant) and it was a white-knuckle drive back with rain in sheets, localised flooding and nothing but cats' eyes to guide me!  Should be better tomorrow though!

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Posted: 01/10/2012 at 22:35

Sorry - not been around much for the past few days:  but Saturday was lovely - very warm and breezy - perfect for doing the washing, and clearing the last of the outdoor tomatoes (the green trusses are tied in long strings, and are hung up to ripen).  Yesterday was less good, but today has been generally nice again, apart from the odd sharp shower.  Went for a walk along the beach, and, wouldn't you know it, the heavens opened when we were furthest away from any shelter.  Well - we could have dived under the cliff, but since it is crumbling and occasionally dropping large chunks we thought wet was better than squashed

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Posted: 25/09/2012 at 23:09

"Panackelty" must be a local dialect term, Frank, for which we need a translation!  I'm guessing from the context that it's a term for making do with whatever is available in the larder.

Glad that you're not drowning under the deluge btw!

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Posted: 25/09/2012 at 22:38

Rain - when my most beloved cat, Zoe, died, I was devastated.  She was 21years old - a very goodly age indeed, but that didn't make it any easier.  I buried her underneath a lovely hydrangea, and I still think of her when I am in that part of the garden.

At the cat rescue place, the kitten that I wanted was lovely;  they needed a home for her two year old mother as well, and, softie that I am, I took her on as well.

Having been ill-used by her farmer-owner, she was a difficult cat, hissing and growling when picked up.  Today, many years on, she is a mirror image of my Zoe.  She follows me down the garden path like a little dog.  She trips me up in the greenhouse, preferring to curl up near my feet when I am pricking out/seed-sowing. She likes (uniquely) to climb next-door's ornamental pear tree and seemingly "nest" in the high branches, to the amusement of  neighbours.

She doesn't replace Zoe.  But she comes pretty close! Her name is Kiri (after the opera singer) and I love her to bits.

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