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#1 Joelf

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:59 PM

Hi all,

Those of us in the UK have been experiencing one of the wettest summers on record. As I'm typing now it's pouring with rain and has done for most of the afternoon. In March there were screams of "Drought!!" and in the South where I live, there was a hosepipe ban. One perky soul on the television suggested that we needed rain everyday until the December holiday in order to replenish our low reservoir levels......Ha!! I think we should be very careful what we wish for!! ;)

So after the wettest 'drought' on record, the countryside is waterlogged. My husband and myself took our dogs for a walk on Sunday and the flooding everywhere was amazing! Some places were completely impassable even with our rubber boots on; we went across a very flooded field and came to a gateway whereby the water would certainly come over the top of our boots. We let the dogs through (they swam across the gate way) and then looked for a route to enable us to get across. Next to the gateway was a 'tiger trap', which is a fixed cross country jump, designed for the local hunt to go over; it's wider at the bottom than the top and is quite an inviting jump. The water didn't appear to be so deep around the jump, so my husband suggested that we climb over it and collect the dogs on the other side. He therefore climbed over the top of the jump (I'm jolly glad he went first! ;)) put his feet down to where he thought the ground was, but unfortunately he hadn't realised that there was a dirty great ditch on the landing side of the jump and the next thing I knew there was a resounding splash and he was flat on his back and submerged in a huge pool of muddy water!! I'm afraid I was mean enough to laugh (once I realised he hadn't broken his neck) and he did see the funny side, although the poor chap had to walk all the way home soaked to the skin and squelching unpleasantly. Thankfully, although it was wet, it was also fairly warm for which we were grateful, as I didn't want a pneumonia case on my hands!!! :P

Still, the good news is that the hosepipe ban has been lifted, so I can water my plants (those that haven't been completely drowned!) I understand from the posts of some of my friends in the USA that the weather has been very hot, there have been fires and rain is needed. Feel free to have some of our rain.....I fear we had our summer in the three hot weeks in March!!

Feeling very soggy,

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#2 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 03:08 AM

Oh Jo, your poor ole hubby! I am glad you both made it home with your dogs in one piece!

Take care both of you!
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:52 PM

It is very hot and humid here in the Northeast United States...today was over 100˚ with a heat index of 112˚. I didn't even go to the beach so you know it is hot! On top of that we have had wicked thunder and lightening, just like living in Florida, the lightening capital of the U.S. So thousands of people have been losing power on top of the heat. We have been extremely fortunate as we are in the comfort of air conditioning.

Jo, I can picture you, your husband and dogs up to your knees and higher in all that water. Your dogs probably loved it! I laughed, too, when my husband stepped into a snow drift on the beach that was up to his waist and couldn't get out!! And when he fell down cross country skiing and couldn't get up!! Ah, for those days when I could do all those things...now I have to find other ways "to be mean."

For my UK friends, I am really excited about the Olympics as one of "my kids" is competing for the U.S. in trampoline. When I taught him he had won many awards by 6th grade and is now the U.S. champion. His brother is 2nd. They had to compete against each other for the spot, were interviewed by all the major news media from New York (a pretty big deal) because of the human interest side of it. I am so proud of both of them, they displayed such love and respect for each other while competing against one another. It is very exciting for us.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 12:18 PM

Hi Miocean,

How very exciting that one of your pupils is competing in The Olympics! You must be incredibly proud and thrilled for him (and his brother!) I do think it makes the whole thing more enjoyable if you actually know one or two of the competitors!

Goodness me, it must be hot if you haven't been able to go to your beach! ;) Our weather forecast is supposed to improve next week?.....I'll believe it when I see it! :lol:

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