25 November 2012

The Aftermath of the Rain

I was sitting on my sofa last night, snuggled up with a couple of cats on my knees and a dog sitting on my feet listening to the rain lashing the windows. The weather here in Cornwall, as in many places, has been truly horrible. It's rained and rained and rained and before that the wind was so strong that the top of one of my trees snapped off and a huge branch from another tree broke off and squashed part of the fence in my field. As soon as the weather improves, I will have to move the branch and repair the fence although how I'm going to move it my myself I haven't figured out yet. Never mind, I'm sure it will be ok.

Well, it's now Sunday morning, I have just been out to check on the llamas and to check the state of the field. The llamas are ok, I moved them into the small field further away from the river yesterday so they are fine. My field, however, is not so fine. The river burst it's banks and the resulting torrent of water that swept through my field has covered three quarters of it with leaves, logs and other debris and there is now also a thick layer of silt covering all the grass. In addition to all the debris, a very large tree was washed through the field and has demolished about 25 feet of fencing and the sheer volume of water has washed away a good two foot of river bank. The river, usually a nice gentle burble is now a raging torrent so I will have to wait until the water goes down before it's safe enough for me to fix any of the fencing.

My river went from this ........

To this .................................. in about 24 hours.

The clean-up from this is going to take a while, although, I am really very fortunate. My family is ok, my animals are ok and my house is ok and for that I am very thankful. It could have been a lot worse and I'm sure there are many people who have not been so fortunate. The forecast for today and tomorrow is still looking a bit grim but hopefully the weathermen will be right and there will be a some fine weather next week and I will be able to start clearing up the mess ....... fingers crossed!

Courtesy of the Met Office


  1. My goodness Kay thats going to take a whole lot of hard work to get the field in a fit state for the llamas.Putting all that fencing back in place is hardly going to be a walk in the park either.I really wish i could be there to give you a hand x

  2. Not to worry mum I'm sure I will be able to manage. It will be fine. I won't be able to do anything until the river levels go down and the llamas mainly eat hay and llama food in the winter anyway so it will be fine :-) xx

  3. Glad you're all safe ... good luck with the clearing up xxx

  4. Just found your blog keep safe ,lots of people are so much worse off than us Love your piano!! X Maz