Since I last posted, it has rained and rained and rained. One solitary day was sunny when I managed to dry all the washing out on the line in the garden.... a very rare happening indeed. However, it never stays dry long enough to make any difference to the sodden ground.
I expect most people over here have been watching with horror, the pictures of the flooded Somerset Levels, from the various media. This is all within about 40 miles from where I live and is a beautiful but flat area of English countryside We've seen the struggle to try to prevent the unrelenting water from creeping into houses and the rescuing of domestic animals from farms and houses that are flooding. The ruination of crops and farmland that will probably take years to recover. Not to mention all the wild life that must have drowned. 60 square miles of flooding is more than any person or creature could cope with.
I want to know why there has been such a delay in helping these people? Why something wasn't done to prevent this from happening in the first place? The Dutch have a better system of keeping back the sea as much of their country is below sea level. They apparently spend more than we do..... much more, defending their vulnerable areas. So is it all to do with money, then?
There doesn't seem to be any fund to help the affected people, either.
Everyone I talk to is really empathetic towards all the victims and wish they could help in some way, while other nastier individuals are racing to the area to ogle and take pictures. Some have stolen goods from stricken homes and farms. Isn't that just about the most despicable thing that human beings could do to each other? Words really aren't enough.
However, I am impressed by the way the people from the levels have all rallied round to help each other and to share what they do have with others.
Did anyone apart from Ladyfi (my blogging mate) spot the deliberate mistake last week when I said that the film *Way, Way Back* is about time travel? Well I did go to see a film about time travel last week but the title was *About Time*. It was very good and I did enjoy it and recommend the film. I will be seeing the *Way, Way Back* film this week if the weather permits me to do the walk, that is. Maybe I should just go in a wet suit and brave whatever the weather throws at me.