Soggy Situation

There were three days last week when it didn’t rain all day (think about your syntax) — when  it rained, but not all day!  Otherwise there has been precipitation, all day, every day since the end of October.  That is why this blog has been so quiet of late — incessant moaning about the rain when you have chosen to live in a temperate rain forest would be tedious.

As wave after wave of weather drives down the valley smudging the view and the streams and rivers roar, it’s hard to get excited about the waterfalls when the lens of my camera is wet and the image fogged, is that just condensation or  camera-wobble due to shivering, anyway the shutter’s jammed — will it ever work again.


Last moment of respite from the deluge — in the Autumn.

There is a beauty, a vividness, in all this wetness, but lately it eludes me.

In the face of impending seasonal affective disorder we thought we’d have a little holiday, so off we set (not to somewhere warm and sunny) to Rossendale and Darwen in Lancashire — the home of the dark satanic mills of yore!


Darwen photographed by A F Buck in 1948 — note the air pollution!

We stayed in Hurst Green and mooched around Rossendale, to old haunts, now-derelict pubs of youthful exploit, new housing estates where cotton-mills and shoe factories had stood last time we visited. We were visiting the county archive, researching this rapidly disappearing industrial heartland and it’s characters, perhaps 10 years too late, but the archive was very helpful.  In the evenings we were cosy in the Shireburn Arms where the food was excellent and dawn in the  Ribble Valley was stunning.


We’re home now and guess what?  It’s raining!



5 thoughts on “Soggy Situation

  1. Although the lack of snow had made life easier physically here, the grey skies, and ceaseless mud and water run-off have really made fighting depression a priority for many I think. Glad you had a good break, I feared you may have been hit by flooding in Lancashire, so that’s one mercy anyway. How are your animals coping with this wet? Trench foot anyone?

    • No trench foot or ever ordinary foot-rot but we’ve had some lice and as fast as I treated them it washed off. The ewes with flatter backs (coffee tables) are starting to show signs of wool rot which can give them secondary bacterial infection — I think they just get a puddle over their sacral area — mercifully we are having some dry periods at last, thanks for your interest. Diana

      • Oh gosh, how difficult. I’m glad to hear there is no foot rot but the wool rot sounds like a horrid problem to cope with. We are having problems with lice and mites too: the geese have some kind of feather eating mite which is proving hard to eradicate. The worrying thing is that I think it is coming from our own, lovely, organic hay:( My preference is now for some really dry, really hot weather, or I suppose I could put up with some really, really cold, but dry and bright weather if I had to, but I am soooo ready for Spring.

      • We haven’t had any chicken mites, our problem is that the chucks have to share with the ducks and the ducks make everything wet — but that may put the mite off!

  2. Wet season rainy weather in our area can make hoof problems as well. Often wondered how sheep deal with soaking rains, and your post answers that.

    We are seeing a resurgence of slugs now that it is warmer, and still wet. We have the natives as well as the invasive European Red and European Black Slugs. Big fellows out here, not the tiny grey ones we had back east.

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