Sunday, 30 December 2012

What drought?

My blog title is particularly pertinent right now. I originally called it Writing in the Rain because I was writing to keep my brain occupied during the time that Mr A was having all the chemotherapy treatment in the hospital. It would appear that I am now literally writing in the rain!

Do you remember those threats of a UK hosepipe ban early in 2012? By April our reservoirs were dangerously low. They said it would take years for the underground water levels to be restored. The government declared the country in a state of official drought. The next day it started to rain and it’s hardly stopped since. Wasn’t that summer rain relentless? There were brief spells of summer sun but the rain dominated and now we’re about to finish the year with threats of more floods.

Apparently 2012 has been the wettest year since UK records began. That does not surprise me. The rain is drumming on the conservatory roof as I type this. I’m relieved that we don’t live in an area that’s prone to flooding. How awful that must be. My heart goes out to all those who do.

I know we need water for our survival but there are limits! I hope it stops raining soon, just for a little while.

The next time I blog it’ll be 2013. I don’t usually make resolutions but I’m determined to think more positively next year… so if you hear me being negative you have my permission to give me a sharp rebuttal! Well, maybe not sharp... well, maybe not a rebutal... perhaps a gentle reminder would be adequate ;-)

I hope you all have a happy new year. See you in 2013.

19 comments:

  1. Happy New Year! May all your dreams come true.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  2. Wishing you and Mr A a very Happy 2013.and also wishing the rain wuld stop too.We need sunshine!

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  3. Dear Ros, Have you noticed that different parts of the world have these uneven weather stats? You have rain and more rain and we have no moisture. Last winter, no snow, pretty unusual for for a ski center. Last summer one rain shower. Only one. So far this winter, we've had 2 snowfalls but not enough to replenish the dried up wells. Our trees are dying from lack of moisture and yours could die from the soggy roots. Weird, huh?

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  4. You have really been doing everything in the rain this year haven't we? Let's hope 2013 is drier (but not drought dry!).

    And if you're negative at all next year I shall send you good wishes. There's a reason people are negative , and it usually means they need something positive in their lives.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  5. The British Government do like to bellow "Doom!" don't they?
    Too wet, too dry, wrong kid of snow, leaves on the line - everything's a drama.
    We old hands don't even read the reports any more because they'll all change next week anyway. Happy 2013

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  6. We'll take the rain in Texas, please. Send us a few buckets. Happy New Year to you and I'm glad I found your blog this year. Onward to a great 2013.

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  7. Happy New Year, Ros (it's not raining in Bangkok!!!)

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  8. Happy New Year from sunny Jerusalem! ~Miriam

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  9. Oh, the rain. I've never known anything like it. On and on and on. Sigh. However, as we're thinking positively, we can be confident that it can only get better. Can't it? :)

    Happy New Year to you and Mr A, Rosalind. May all your dreams come true in 2013!

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  10. We've not had a break at all from the rain here. My garden is so soggy that even the dog goes out and runs back indoors again. Think its actually stopped raining at the moment. Hope you have a lovely new year and lots of good news and happy times in 2013.

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  11. Happy New Year Ros, and don't let the rain stop you having fun!

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  12. Happy New Year Ros, may it be a year that brings much laughter, love and happiness to you and Rod and only a few drops of rain! Hugs xx

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  13. HNY friendly one. Happy to keep you in line....but I won't need to. Meeting you/Anne Mack and Val has been one of the nicest things that has happened to me this year. Still remember our first tentative tweets - being told you only followed people who chatted,and now look!! Value your wit, wisdom and the odd rebuke - always deserved! XX Hope you and Mr A have a healthy 2013.

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  14. Happy New Year Ros. At least with rain we get beautiful rainbows and I saw a few of those last year. May your year be blessed with rainbows, symbols of promise, and not quite so much rain!

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  15. Hi Ros .. I followed the weather along .. the hottest day of the year for us here in Sussex imported for me and the family - seems strange now that we had a hot period: end July ...

    I'm going to be writing about the weather in my next blog post .. possibly too - leading forward to the 13th ... it's cold and damp today - miserable in fact!!

    So pleased Mr A is 'better' and that you both can enjoy life together ... have that happy 2013 - cheers Hilary

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  16. Happy New Year!

    Like Manzie said, it's strange how the weather patterns around the world are so topsy-turvy. We've had a touch of rain here recently, but are still mired in a drought, as is most of the U.S. I never thought I'd see the day the Mississippi River is so low, barges can't float on parts of it. So, yeah, we'll gladly take some of that rain over here, please.

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  17. Hi, Ros. Thanks for stopping by. I was confident you were also upheld by Faith! As for addictive computer games - Jen LOVES Bookworm and doesn't feel like she's wasting time, probably because there isn't much she can do in her situation except play such games and read and watch movies through Roku; but Bookworm drives me crazy because there are so many other important things I feel I should be doing, like writing and reading more, and I have trouble stopping myself; such a time waster! Scrabble would do it to me too, I'm sure, if I got into it. :)

    Happy Sunday to you!

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  18. p.s. Has it finally stopped raining? We could use some of it here in Northern Virginia USA. I would like snow. Something cold to kill the germs. Code Red right now across the country.

    And how is your husband doing? You can send me an email if you'd like to. We do have to try to be upbeat on Blogger, but life isn't necessarily so!

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  19. the saddest thing is that while most of the UK has had far too much rain over the past year, there are places that have been in serious drought.....

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