It is almost time for Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, when we are supposed to be enjoying sunshine and warmth. In complete contrast to the heatwave of 2018, this June has seen record levels of rainfall here in the UK. It just hasn’t stopped! We might have a few hours of dry weather, but you can guarantee the rain will start when we stand outside school waiting for the children. Our FAB festival was a mud bath all last weekend, but that didn’t stop the crowds turning out. We are used to the rain, and we simply carry on with our activities, smiling and soggy. Instead of complaining about the rain, I have been studying nature while out on my walks. The plants and trees are flourishing, the bottom of my garden is grown wild, and we have a bumper crop of strawberries this year. Everything is vibrant and colourful. The rain is doing us a favour, even if we find it inconvenient when we just want to sit in the pub beer garden and be sociable.
There are a few small rivers running through Middlewich, and the river Weaver, which flows near the Shropshire Union Canal, regularly bursts its banks during heavy rain. It is surrounded by farmers’ fields and hasn’t yet breached the road that runs alongside it, but there are lots of big puddles to contend with. I often walk alongside the river once I leave the canal path, and I managed to capture some lovely photos of the flooded river, which you can see here. It has almost reached the footpath, which is the worst flooding I have seen on this site in a good few years, but it is for now a very pleasant place to walk past. I know there are places in the UK that have been flooded out, and people have had to evacuate their homes. The worst we experienced here was a flooded driveway and wet feet when we got in and out of the car, but that has all subsided now and it never reached the house. My garden is a bog, but like I said, the plants, trees and grass love it, and the whole place feels alive with vitality and fresh energy. Merry Solstice, my friends!
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