Like so many across the country we have had heavy rain, thankfully not as bad as some places and my heart goes out to those whose houses/businesses have been flooded, I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like.
Have to tell you about Saturday night at work though, as you know the weather was horrendous, I can honestly say that I have never driven in weather like that before and to be honest I am in no rush to do it again. I already knew it would be an interesting evening as I had some new addresses to find which is not easy in the dark with no street lights, even with sat nav and directions, I have always said that it should be compulsory that house names and numbers should be made from glow in the dark material, it would make life so much easier!! Anyway, I set off and couldn't find the first address, so quick phone call to the address put me right in their drive ... simplas! The next was not so good, I - wrongly trusted the sat nav - never again! Having left Truro and any form of civilization behind ie street lights, roads. houses and mobile signal reception I found myself going down a hill to a rather fast flowing forde - which after a few minutes deliberation I went through and thankfully made it. Now it is up a hill and then down another which naturally means up another but the road is now a single lane track with water coming onto the road on both sides from the fields and water is also coming straight down the road into me!! I can only describe it as driving up a river, (at this point I thought I could panic about the whole situation or treat it as one big adventure - you can guess which I chose - advernture!!) The sat nav then takes me off this track down a bridle path - (some of our clients do live down bridle paths) so I went, then the path divided into two, at this point I started to get a bit doubtful and decided to see if I could ring the house - thankfully I was high enough up to get a signal now and the gentleman answered. When I told him where I was he was very adamant that I did not drive forward any more not even to turn around, just go backwards!!! OK ... Why? I had to ask, the answer came back "because my dear you are about to drive into the river!!" Ah, that seemed a pretty good reason to do as he said I thought. So there I am now trying to do a three point turn in the bridle path in the pitch black and pouring rain and not get stuck in the mud!! I'm very proud to say I didn't get stuck and made it back to the river road and this time drove with the flow of the water. Five minutes later I had found the house and the gentleman, who then greets me with a big smile and says "actually my dear I forgot you were coming, would you like a cup of tea?" After leaving him I had to negotiate the forde again, which was now higher, my heart did stop for a split second as I went through and the water come over the headlights and I was pitched into blackness until I came through it. I was so glad to get back into Truro do my last call then I hit Tesco's for a much needed bottle of wine then home. Thankfully I laughed then and still laughing otherwise I think I would have cried all the way home!!
Anyway here are some pics of our village Sunday morning when I tried to go out walking, but our walk was cut short (5miles) due to flooded roads and fallen trees :(
is was the gate way to my monthly view!!
Sorry for such a long post and if you have got this far well done. :)