We parked up near the school and walked down as the roads are now closed. This is the sight that greeted us when we turned in at their gate...
Even though I knew it would be bad, seeing my dear friend's house like this still got to me and I burst into tears. Luckily, M was there with a big hug, and then I cried again when Mrs M opened the door. We've know each other for years and in many ways she is like a sister to me, so it was truly horrible to see her home under several inches of water. She looked utterly exhausted, hardly surprising given that they've both been up since 3am on Friday morning trying to save their house. The one small crumb of comfort is that the water inside the house is clean.
|M walking down to the Bradbeers building|
|Bicycles are the mode of transport in flood-struck Romsey at the moment|
|Daisies submerged on Mrs M's lawn|
|Fishlake Meadows Road is closed|
|Water pouring off the fields onto Greatbridge road|
|Submerged road under several inches of water|
|This is the same shot I took of the sandbags yesterday. The water has now breached them and gone into the house, forcing the elderly lady who lives here to leave her home.|
|Me walking carefully along the flooded road. The water is flowing like a river down here with a fairly strong current that tugs at your boots. Not Very Nice on the whole.|
|Not any more....|
|Hard to see where the ditch is and where the road is now|
|Greatbridge, looking down towards World Of Water which is an island at present. Emergency trucks were rescuing stuck cars there|
|On Fishlake Meadows Road the water is nearly over my wellies.This is as far as we could go without getting wet toes.|
|Looking up Budds Lane towards Greatbridge|
|Greatbridge Road, closed at the railway bridge|
|The petrol station (featured on South Today news last night) is flooded as well|
|More rescue trucks working|
|A river flows down what was the road|
|Watching me, watching you.....|
|Almost over the tops of M's boots....|
|Life has to go on. Two stalwart ladies rescuing their bin|
After all that, we felt in need of some fresh air that didn't involve wading through a welly-full of water, so took the dogs up on the Down to check the sheep. They have been getting a wee bit skinny but are now on extra rations and are looking much better for it.
Pops got more than she bargained for when one of the silly ewes ran straight between her and her dad (aiming for the feed she could see the others scoffing on the ground), got tangled up in Pop's lead, panicked, took off, and dragged Poppy with her, sending her head over heels several times. She yelped, and it was one of those awful awful moments when you can't do a single thing except hold your breath and pray frantically that she wouldn't be hurt. She is so tiny that a sheep foot on her little body does not bare thinking about. The ewe dragged her some distance before it mercifully got free and Pops was able to get up, with a wild and frightened look on her little face and come shakily back to us.
I picked her up and gave her a cuddle - she climbed on to my shoulder (as far away from the sheep as she could possibly get) and subjected them to a Very Intense Stare. After a few moments of reassurance she seemed absolutely fine and raced off after Teddy.
Because she has had an Upsetting Experience today, I have forgiven her for the eating of cat poo she did with great relish yesterday, despite knowing that it is a Wrong Thing To Do. Yuk. Dogs can be soooo disgusting, can't they? I forgot to tell M until after she'd licked his face as a hello when he came back from work.....
You hear all these horror stories about dogs being shot for worrying and killing sheep, but so far on the down its 2-0 to the sheep: first Betty head-butted Ted when he got in the way of the bucket of nuts, and now Pops has been tumbled-dried by Gladys. I shall be watching those girls far more carefully with my poor dogs in future.
|Gladys, the dog bowler-overer|
|Pops and Ted with dad|
|Bettty, the head-butter|
|Some of the Wiltshire Long Horn flock|
|View from the Down|
|A sad Yew Tree Casualty of the recent storms|
Wishing you all well until next time, when hopefully the blog will be full of better news.
Keep safe all,