Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday - storms








http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/05/flood-warnings-issued-across-uk-and-ireland-as-storm-desmond-arrives.

Storms: And they are still with us, what we don't see is the damage to farms, not only in loss of animal life, but the landslides that have happened in Cumbria for instance.  When I checked through my news this morning they were highlighting the dam that had burst in Brazil in November of last year cascading tons of toxic water down to the sea, it was remarked that you hear nothing of this catastrophic happening in the news, no we are entertained to the latest on Assange and his break for freedom.
This morning on 'Farming Today' a woman farmer was talking about a landslide on her small farm, and of course the consequences this would have, it would be a long term problem, as she could not get her sheep up onto the fells.  The photos are of another farm that experienced a landslide at the back of the farm.
As waters tumble furiously in the rivers up in the North of England and Scotland, one wonders what will this back to back storms have on the coming farming year.  We all look forward to the sun of spring and summer but the fields are still heavily flooded with water in others lurking underfoot.


4 comments:

  1. Those photographs really bring it home don't they Thelma? Here today it is sunny with a light breeze and deceptively spring-like. We are lulled into thinking the stormy weather is over, but I understand 'Imogen' is on her way. We can still not get on to the land and the jobs pile up. And we are lucky compared with most farmers.

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    1. There is an icy wind here today, and the farm trucks go by with great bales of hay to feed the cattle presumably in the barns. The land is in a terrible state round here as well.

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  2. These landslides in the UK are not the sort of information that your government actually wants promulgated, which is why the focus was limited to local areas. So God Bless the Guardian Newspaper in raising the citizens awareness.

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    1. Yes on the whole the Guardian keeps ahead of the game, Monbiot of course in the forefront demanding different farming techniques, more trees on the hill, less sheep.

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