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CN211276 wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:42 am
savvypaul wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:07 am
Lindsayt wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:06 am
Whilst I have a certain amount of sympathy for the people flooded out in South Yorkshire this week, I can't help wondering what goes through the mind of people when they buy their homes.

Like "Let's buy a house in Fishlake. I wonder if there's a clue in the name?"

Might as well buy a house in a village called Underwater.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-50372839

Pam Webb, who owns a spa in Fishlake, said she bought her property in 2004 and had surveys done at the time.

"There was nothing of any concern raised, Fishlake hadn't flooded in 100 years," she said.
I think things have changed since 2004 as mentioned in my previous posts. Also flood defences put in place further upstream have moved the danger area downstream.i
That is her point, I imagine...
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I am glad I live up a hill, especially as there is a lot of reclaimed land near by. When I fish from the flood defence on a big spring tide the sea in front of me is higher than the land behind. :oops:
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I hope you enjoy storm Ciara today Fret :shock: Coming your way.
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Worst was last night. Force 8 gales. Last big storm blew the glass roof off an outhouse and onto my car - luckily this one was less savage.

Level in the Rhine is high too - a part of that (called the Waal) runs just behind the house on its way to Rotterdam. After a week of heavy rain in Germany we get all the water.

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Part of our back garden fence came down yesterday afternoon at the height of the storm and the rest is looking precarious. Think all the rain we have had weakened the foundations. Need to get it fixed soon but the reliable person who does jobs for us is away some time this month. Wont take a chance with a possible cow boy. My step son who lives near by also had his fence blown down. My other step son who lives in London would have been on the run which was cancelled. It is many years since we have had a storm this bad.
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Will be a busy time for fence erecters.
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A work colleague woke up to find he’d received a new trampoline in his back garden. :-)

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As a part time farmer I am going to have to moan about the bloody weather. Wettest February on record followed by the sunniest April on record. We all love sunshine and it has been a positive for mental wellbeing in lockdown. But there has been bugger all rainfall here since before lockdown started.

Agriculture is very worried about it and crop health is really suffering. There were fewer winter cereals sown because the land was so wet that machinery could not travel without damaging soil structure. These winter crops were very much affected by waterlogging on heavy land and land prone to waterlogging.

So, more spring cereals were sown but they are struggling to germinate in light soils with low organic matter content which do not hold onto water well. A double whammy. Luckily I got all the winter cereals sown and the land is free draining. However I notice some of my neighbours crops are looking very poor and some have not germinated.

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I'm in the middle of a farming district and see fields being sprayed daily. There is an official water shortage here and farmers are only allowed to use water from underground artesian sources to try and keep what surface water there is.
The Netherlands is flat and low. Drainage is too effective here and the fields can dry out very quickly. Luckily I have a 40ft deep borehole that I can pump water up from to spray the garden - which I have never had to do before, so early in the year.
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What have you got in your garden fret ? Are you the neat & tidy type (not good for wildlife ) or the wild, organised chaos type ? I am definitely in the latter camp. Get as much organic matter into your soil as possible. It helps hold on to water, prevents soil compaction, feeds the plants (obviously) and is brilliant for healthy plants without the need to resort to nasty chemicals and man made fertiliser.

Irrigation is usually reserved for vegetables (potatoes usually) but I am hearing of farmers irrigating cereals :shock: . Most farmers don't have boreholes though so are at the complete mercy of the weather.

Are the extremes of weather we are experiency at the moment down to climate change or just one of those things ? That question would lead to a 100 page argument on pfm. I lean towards climate change but I am no expert.
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