Scarlett and I decided to give our regular Sunday walk a miss today because of the torrential rain. For the last two days it has rained heavily, and this morning it was still pouring down. Even with my umbrella there was no way I could take a baby out in this.
I did manage a quick stroll outside in the afternoon (on my own) to see what was happening. Our part of Bedfordshire is known as the Greensand Ridge – it is high ground and generally sandy and well drained, with patches of clay. I’ve never seen much flooding here before, but today there was a lot. The ditches in the village, normally dry with a little mud in the bottom, were full to the top and overflowing the road in places. Our little brook was running to the top of its banks in many places. Many fields were turned into lakes by the sheer volume of rainwater. Some even had resident ducks on them.
It was generally a good day for sitting inside, drinking tea and watching the goldfinches on the bird feeder. I feel a little guilty for not getting outside more, but there’ll be plenty more chances now that spring is getting closer.