Not last night but the night before we had a huge storm the wreaked havoc throughout the country. There were 170km an hour winds and some areas got a month load of rain in a day. It was pretty wild and a lot of damage has been done.
I missed it. I was so tired I slept through it all. Which was probably just as well or I would have been lying awake waiting to hear my greenhouse blow away. But fortunately I awoke to a sunny morning, and an intact greenhouse and no damage at all. We got off lightly compared to others. We even kept our electricity on through the duration apparently. I wouldn’t know – I was asleep.
But what we do have is wet sodden ground. In some places it is ankle deep. This is the curse of living in a swamp. However it being a drained swamp, things could have been a whole lot worse as the very deep drains that surround us have taken most of the water and are filled to capacity.
My wee trench that drains water away from my garden has over the summer months become blocked. I picked up a spade to start to clear it, but saw that the drain it connects to was over flowing, so there wasn’t much point – not just now anyway. Besides Hubby the Un-Gardener has banned me from the garden at the moment because I have a cold I brought back from our trip and can’t seem to shake it. He seems to think working hard out in the cold winter air is not help things.
He’s probably right, and now I can’t go out anyway as working on sodden soil is pointless and will damage my soil structure. I hope my worms are ok. But the storm has passed and the sun is shining and my soil is making that great slurping, sucking sound as it draws the water down deep – back to the water table where it belongs. The boffins at the weather office say it won’t rain again until Monday. So maybe I will get some time in the garden over the weekend – if I’m allowed.
Come again soon – there has to be something horticultural I can do in the meantime!
Sarah the Gardener : o )