This week is the week that everything begins. Work, paperwork, my plans for the New Year etc. I need a set date and time to start things that can be challenging, such as either leaving alone or giving away any left over Christmas sweets and treats, eating less at work when cold, wet and tired, and either running, cycling or kayaking after a long days gardening. How much of this will come to fruition is anybody's guess, but you have to at least have a plan don't you?
It's started off with.....yep.....torrential rain, and so I syphoned off the Elderbeerry wine into two new demi johns. I tasted it at this point, and things are looking good. It will need quite a while longer in these, as it's still slightly effervescent, but the colour, clarity and taste are there.
The weather appears to be easing a little, although we are still getting some very heavy rain, and with the water table so high already, things are damp to say the least
On my way to some of the work in east Dorset, I have to travel along a road called the Avon Causeway. It's a fairly long road, raised a little higher than the Avon River floodplain that it crosses.
Afterwards, I made the half hour drive to Mudeford, and the sun had broken through. It was really quite nice to get a period of winter sunshine, as I cleared away branches and debris. In the trailer is a lovely young silver birch that had blown over. It had been growing on a bank, and the roots were too damaged to simply triple stake it with guylines. Such a shame, as it was a beautiful specimen.
Other places have had a similar treatment during the week. I normally like to freshen any rain flattened borders in January, to see them until March, but everywhere is so waterlogged that it will need some dry weather for at least a fortnight until that can happen.
I was hoping that these Gazanias might hold out through the winter. The cold hasn't got them, but unfortunately I think the water might.
It's Thursday morning now, one more cup of tea before I head out to a place with some huge Beech and Oak trees. I expect some serious storm damage there, let's hope not too much. It's my birthday tomorrow, and I am taking the day off.
Take care all of you.