Friday, 6 January 2012

Rain on the righteous



and on the unrighteous alike. Whatever we are, here in Somerset, we get rained on a lot. A lot! 

Water rushes down from the moors and fields, creating mud, making every little lane a delight to the weather-and-waterproof dog, and a sore trial to the little short-legged one.







From here it careers downhill to the brook, turning it into a cocoa-coloured mini-torrent that shouts rather than babbles. Sometimes the water just rushes past my front door, and I am thankful for that slate step up into the house.




Despite the ever-present mud, living somewhere so mild and damp has ample compensations.

Spring doesn't hang around in the wings, too shy to put out her early flags.




And it's rainbow country. 



Yet another reason to love it.

24 comments:

the veg artist said...

If I remember rightly, you have an even higher rainfall than us here in West Wales. Ours has Ireland in the way first!!

jabblog said...

It's lovely to see Spring flowers so early in the year even if it is rather wet underfoot (and overhead)

Sue said...

Daffodils! Great heavens you are ahead of the game.

Toffeeapple said...

I had forgotten how wet Somerset is! Lovely to hear the streams though and to see early signs of spring.

Danielle P. said...

I can't even begin to express my jealousy at your having flowers in January. IT'S WINTER! WHY ISN'T EVERYONE AS SNOW-COVERED AND COLD AND MISERABLE AS WE ARE?

Pretty pictures, though.

Arthur Ransome said...

Wow! Daffies and primroses - I can hardly believe it. It really is another country. I must admit to a bit of envy from the frozen North.

Bow Street Flowers said...

Spring! So pretty.

Lucille said...

And have the birds started singing loudly?

MLou said...

Spring flowers in January? What a mind blowing concept. That's practically tropical!

BumbleVee said...

spring? .... we haven't even had really cold winter yet..... sigh..... but, I'm sure it's on the way.... I may see a sign of spring by oh, say.....about May...... although, who knows this year with the winter we have not even had yet, after a forecast of the worst one in decades. The weathermen are saying they feel shame after the prediction....we, on the other hand, are delighted that it went up to a balmy +15C in the middle of a Canadian winter the other day.

annie hoff said...

We get rained on a lot here too...and snowed on and blown on! But like you we have spectacular rainbows. In November I saw a tiny primrose in the garden but he must just have been confused I think! I love your country lanes and spring daffs.

frayedattheedge said...

Our daffodils are only just through - and that's the ones in the most sheltered part of the garden! However it was actually warm in the sun yesterday - the hedgerow birds were feasting on clouds of insects.

Rattling On said...

Call that rain?! If anyone dares mention the words 'drought' or 'hosepipe ban' round here for the next ten years I will crown them. Even by our standards it has been horrendous, and February is usually the snow month...

dinahmow said...

You have a mini mill race!
But what about all those crops that need winter chill?

mountainear said...

We have the rain but sadly not the spring flowers. I'm still waiting for winter.

Dartford Warbler said...

You have your own little waterfall in that running stream! Lovely to see primroses so early. Lots of compensations for a bit more rain.....

June said...

Here's a question from someone who's never stepped foot in Europe
That lane . . . is it meant to accommodate . . . vehicles? ...or only foot traffic?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

At least you get early primroses with your rain . We just get MORE rain with ours .

zephyr said...

i must keep reminding myself: there is a lot i love about where i live.
However.
Your blog reminds me just why i've dreamed, all of my life, of living in your country.

*sigh*

Isabelle said...

Glad you like it! Not a fan of mud, myself, but early daffies would be lovely.

hasenschneck said...

This year has been amazingly rainy. It's not always this bad here! But I also have a muddy torrent outside my front door and regularly have to call out Wessex Water to unblock the drain covers, which quickly get filled with mud and gravel. Luckily we're almost at the top of the hill - I'd hate to live at the bottom...

elizabethm said...

Like mountainear we have the rain and a whole lot of mud but not yet the spring flowers although I did blog today about what I could find in flower in my garden. Some of it has arrived early, some of it never left!

Ginnie said...

You have chosen a wonderful spot! I'm astounded by the primroses and daffodils!

Marcheline said...

sigh..... *smile*

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