Sunday, 15 July 2012


I have sometimes wondered if we would ever get an emergency call while we were away in our caravan. Well yesterday it happened. Our friend and home watcher rang us with the news that our home had been flooded. We vacated the caravan in record time and hit the road.

The flood had been as a result of an adjacent brook bursting its banks. The brook runs through a culvert under the road out front. Some years ago MK council had fixed a steel grille at the entrance to the culvert but had not bothered to keep it clear of obstructions. Torrential rain early yesterday morning could not flow through the blocked grille and the water began to rise.

We arrived home after the water level had dropped to find that we had been flooded up to the top of the skirting boards. What a mess and so much water damage to furniture, fabric and fittings.

Lots of work needed to put things right over the coming months but fortunately we are properly insured. However, sitting here typing this in the conservatory 24hrs later with sodden filthy smelly carpets etc.  waiting for the loss accessor to condemn is not my perfect way of spending a Sunday afternoon.

So I’d like to take this opportunity of imagining I could gather the individuals at MK council together who share collective responsibility for this happening and handcuff the lot to the grille just prior to the next heavy showers. That should dampen their spirits eh?

Many thanks to Christine and Doug who alerted us and mopped up whilst we travelled home. It’s nice to have good friends.

End of rant!!!

Friday, 13 July 2012


I photographed this yesterday (between downpours). It had climbed up and was hanging over the top of a six foot fence. An unusual but pretty shrub with the stem of the flower growing out of the middle of the leaf. Posted here in case anyone knows what its name is.