Wet’s to be expected (Part 1)

Unlike the flood victims in Cumbria and the North of the country, high water is expected here at this time of year.
However in 2007, roads were impassable and there is a mark on the wall in the Handyman store (next to the garage over the road) showing the water at its highest point that year.
The marina car park was under water as were the first four steps up into the office.
There was some considerable damage to vehicles and boats, especially after trees fell on the pontoons.
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Echo pictures from 2007 (courtesy of google images)

At the beginning of the year, I took these pictures from our pontoon.
Jan 2015
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Below is today

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28th Dec 2015

Remember these guys?
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This was their ‘perch’ today

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28th Dec 2015

The swans were back this morning, this being the entrance to our basin:

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marina entrance 28 Dec 2015

That little finger is the end of the dog walk! From that end, this is how it should be
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But there is no incline down to the water today

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28th Dec dog walk from pontoon

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28th Dec from pontoon

The moorings on the river are practically inaccessible (and no, the blue boat on the right is not us). I apologise for the contrast in colour (these pictures taken just 2 minutes apart), it was an interesting sky this morning.

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Fuel Jetty 28 Dec 2015

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28 Dec 2015

The swan nest was in front of the fuel jetty earlier in the year
swan on nest  swan sitting

We are wondering if the gantry to our pontoon, normally at an angle of about 30º, will actually become completely horizontal.

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It’s difficult to determine where the river finishes and the field starts.

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field opposite (honest) minus sheep

Pictures of the lock are in the next post.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to Wet’s to be expected (Part 1)

  1. Ady says:

    okay , I am puzzled, really is there a field beneath !! Is it flooded now ? Do you get lots of rain ? Lovely pictures especially the morning contrast 🙂

    • Yes, behind our pontoon on the opposite side of the river there is a field which is usually full of sheep. There is an adjacent field sloping up towards the white house that also has sheep in it. The lower one is now completely under water. But this is to be expected as it’s a flood plain. The River Severn joins the Avon, and at the moment, it’s just one big ‘puddle’ as my next pictures will show (haven’t posted them yet). The lock here is no longer in use as both rivers are at the same level now.

      • Ady says:

        Oh, now I get it !! Too bad the sheep are out of their territory … 😉

      • They still have the big field, but they’ve probably all been taken elsewhere until the levels drop.

      • Ady says:

        Will the entire plain be flooded ? I have never liked flood at all, kinda scaring and unpredictable.

      • The Ham is totally (see later post), but that is the general idea. Being in such close proximity to two major rivers in the UK, it’s unavoidable really, so the land will never be built on.
        Potential flooding is scary, we found that in the cottage, but the marina is designed so that the pontoons rise with the water level, so we definitely have an advantage living on the boat. People who live here know what can happen and thus prepare for it.

      • Ady says:

        That’s a relief to know to be floating above water even in sudden changes in level. 🙂

  2. Capt Jill says:

    Somehow I never thought about it flooding over there. Does that happen a lot?

    • Where we are, the water levels fluctuate all year, the winter months being the worse and flooding occurs. When we lived in Lincolnshire, Horncastle was one of the worst hit when we had heavy rain, though Bournemouth and Poole also had major flooding a few years ago. Climate is changing, and with it the seasons. The warmer it gets, the wetter, and so more areas are affected.

      • Capt Jill says:

        I hope people there are able to cope with it, if it happens that often maybe they’re prepared for it. I don’t get much flooding here, but we do get hurricanes. We try to be prepared, but for winds up to 180 MPH and more, there’s not a whole lot you can do. Houses near the beach are all built with ‘break-away’ walls, so when (not if) it floods, they will go without causing too much more damage. No living quarters are allowed on the ground floor, only storage, etc. It’s still a mess when a storm comes through!

      • Everyone seems to accept it, and prepare accordingly. The house we are staying in has an upstairs lounge, and closer to the river they’re either built on stilts or have parking space at ground level and all accommodation is on the floors above.

      • Capt Jill says:

        Yeah, I think as long as people know what’s coming and they have time to prepare, they usually figure out ways to deal with things.

  3. The Hook says:

    Personally, I love the rain.
    It cleanses our souls.

    • Hubby’s always liked the sound of rain. In the cottage, I hated it and couldn’t sleep. Add in the wind, and I was ten times worse. Here, it doesn’t bother me so much, though housesitting is a firm reminder of all the creaks and groans that go with a conservatory roof!

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