Last week I saw hundreds of extremely ordinary terraced houses in the London Borough of Croydon with filthy water lapping against them (it must have been in the houses as well), sunken cars, water gushing from manholes, a couple of forlorn fire engines piping water around, desolate minor roads, and elsewhere traffic hold-ups where major road underpasses were deliberately flooded as temporary reservoirs. And it has been going on for weeks. All credit to the emergency services and others which has stopped what looks like a disaster zone from actually being one. Elsewhere of course there has been all sorts of damage, including the many hundreds of acres of crops destroyed by the constant flooding, and the massive problems for farmers.
|The River Misbourne in Bucks is normally a small stream. In Amersham it has flooded cellars and back gardens. The picture was taken yeasterday after the water had receded quite a bit.|
Here in East London we are lucky to be protected from our River Lea by a special flood relief channel- without it the allotment would undoubtedly be flooded, and the house not long after. So we continue to work on the plot- with some good sunshine at the weekend and not at all sodden soil.
Oh, and in the back garden, the tender nasturtiums thrive... climate change?
|We've moved the strawberries back to the edges of a front bed, to be used soon for potatoes.|
|We are getting to grips with the back section, which hasn't had too much attention in the first year of our plot|
|In the back garden the cyclamen look almost exotic|
|And the primroses in my £1 from the charity shop cage look cheerful in the sun!|
|But perhaps nicest of all are the snowdrops- here they are en-masse at the Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham- which has lovely wooded, natural grounds|