It was Inevitable……. Floods

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After all the rains it was only to be expected that at some point the River Derwent would overflow.   Overnight, the waters crept over the river bank and started to engulf one of our local parks.

The Children’s Play area is definitely not to be used today.

The Park and the fields on the opposite bank have always been part of the Derwents flood plain…so I guess they are now doing exactly what they should.  Slowly but surely as the morning went along those waters were still rising…. and there are more waters heading our way  from higher in the Peak District.

I wonder just how much further the floods will encroach on the Park by tomorrow

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I guess we have been lucky in this corner of the middle England. There are places not that far from here that have suffered far worse than just a flooded park.  I can’t think of many things worse than having your home inundated by muddy flood waters.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st  January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Just Another Wet Day…

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Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Rain has been the signature for most of our December and January days.  The rains did remind we of a day a couple of years ago.

It was mid June when we arrived for a brief stop in the Faroe Islands…..   and after days of wall to wall sunshine we were greeted by heavy rain.

There were a few spells when the rains eased.  Despite the damp the Torshavn still glowed.

Despite having a full day of exploring ,  our very friendly local tour guide had picked the key highlights of the main Island… and even allowing for the weather, we met very few locals.  Even walking round the City of Torshavn, the Capital of the Faroes, we met very few people.

I guess what illustrates this best is our visit to Tinganes, this old village acts as a tourist experience and is located harbourside in Torshavn.  Wooden houses, warehouses, many grass roofed, possible once the commercial centre…. this day it was like a ghost town, our exclusive domain.

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The rain did rather ‘dampen’ our experience but it didn’t dampen our desire to return.  Our Guide packed a great deal into the day….but we know there was lots more to see and much more time needed.  So with luck, we may, one day get back…. and who knows we may even meet more of the locals.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st  January

(C) David Oakes 2021