The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes. MARCEL PROUST

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. WILLIAM BLAKE

Wanderer, there is no way; the way is made by walking. ANTONIO MACHADO

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Down In The Flood

New Year's Day, and a walk round the village soon revealed that the floods had not yet receded.  

Many back gardens along Low Street were still under water.

The lanes to the river had turned into rivers themselves...


... and the surrounding fields into lakes.



There are people who live down here. Were they marooned over Christmas? Quite an attractive idea, I think — as long as the larder is well stocked.

12 comments:

George said...

Sorry to hear about this, Robert. I didn't even know about the extensive flooding in your village. Here's hoping that things will improve soon. Happy New Year to you, Carmen, and your entire family!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Very appropriate sign saying River Trent Robert. I saw in the newspaper that Dunham Bridge was closed - I remember that well from my childhood - my father and I used to walk there from my Aunt's house in East Markham, sit on the step of the pub and have a drink and then walk back - gave us a good appetite for our lunch!

Ruth said...

I'm not used to seeing flooding that lasts so long. I really feel for those residents who live in the flooded places. May the water recede soon, and may they dig out with minimal losses.

May your year ahead be flooded only with hope and blessings, Robert!

am said...

Oh dear. That's sobering.

I'm enjoying the new issue of The Passionate Transitory. Taking time to read it slowly.

Kind wishes to you and your family for the new year and always.

Rubye Jack said...

That's the secret -- "as long as the larder is well stocked."
Beautiful photos Robert.

Timecheck said...

As a child, we would be marooned by floods from time to time, and for we kids, it was quite exciting. For our parents, a little more stressful.

dritanje said...

Similar to many fields around here, solitary walker. It's taking a while for the ground to soak up all the water. I like the empty bench overlooking the - um - lake - and the sunshine!!

Cris M said...

The weather is letting us know that we should not continue behaving like this... I think... I am in the south hemisphere, it is supposed this is summer, I spent New Year´s eve in the beach in the south of Buenos Aires province, the same place where I spent New Year´s for the last 35 years, but this was the first time we felt we were in winter: 11°C, pouring rain the whole night, and 60-70 km/h winds that did disasters in the beach, trees and several houses´s roofs... (fortunately no one got hurt)... I am not exactly an ecology fan, just conscious, but I kept thinking what else can be done in this aspect...

I send my best wishes for you in the new year.
Warmly,
Cris M

Dominic Rivron said...

If that photo is taken where I think it is, I'd certainly get my trousers wet walking across that pipe now!

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks for all these comments, and a very happy New Year to everyone!

Yes, that concrete pipe has disappeared entirely, Dominic...

The Solitary Walker said...

PS Our own house is quite safe from any flooding as it stands on slightly higher ground.

Rachel Fox said...

Amazing pics!
Dust off the ark!
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