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Friday, 9 November 2012
Wet, wetter, wettest!
The first weekend of this month saw the end of a very wet week... in fact the wettest since we've been here.
Since Thursday, November the First, the rain didn't seem to stop falling for more than a couple of minutes.
And, if you needed to go outside at that point, there was still some rain "in the air".
I made this comment on another blog...
"We are currently flooded at this end of the Aigronne... the bief is up two foot from the norm... our neighbours fields are awash, one containing winter wheat, and we have a flooded meadow.
The meter is reading almost an inch of rain for the last twenty-four hours and it is still bucketing down. The plastic gauge is over half full... can't read the divisions... I am looking at it with the telescope from indoors... but that's around three inches since last Saturday!"
The two pictures on this entry are taken from the bedroom window... I wasn't venturing out at that point.
I haven't yet connected up the Weather Station to the computer... but we have a plastic tube rain gauge that I've been emptying on Sundays. From the morning of Sunday the 28th October to last Sunday morning a total of 96mm had fallen... as I emptied it around mid-afternoon, that doesn't include the millimetre that the rain gauge was showing at midnight... that fell whilst I was over in the longère beginning this post.
As Gaynor blogged there were floods everywhere... especially effected were the newly planted fields of Winter Wheat.
But I commented elsewhere...
"I have no sympathy though for the farmers who cultivate the floodplain, rather than leaving it for grazing or hay. The ploughing has created a rise at the field edge and a hollow in the middle... result, now that the river has gone down a little is that, between the bridge and the poplar plantation there is now a visible river edge on the lefthand side that matches the righthand edge by the road.... leaving in the middle a lake that won't drain for weeks. There are newly planted crops here that will not now come up... and the field will not be dry enough to re-work until the late Spring... what a b#**~y waste! Until two years ago, this was a regularly mowed hay meadow!"
We have a goodly number of 'eleveurs' of beef cattle around here, as well as La Borde and Grandmont just up the hill from us who are both milk producers. The new wash of silt over the fields that are grazing land will ensure a good hay crop... or, in the case of M. Deschartes, a small holder with a small herd of milkers, living just above the hill from Gatault [also a grazier/cattle dealer] good grazing. His cattle are on the in-by land around the farm... or under cover... at the moment, so the good cuts of hay he got from the meadow at the bottom of the hill, before he let the cattle have free rein, will help over winter with the quality of his milk. Both he, and the cattle dealer at Gatault, use the flood plains for what they should be used for... grazing!!
Others cultivate right up to the river edge... just to get that extra bit of cash... and then moan that all the work currently going on on the river is causing the flooding... when they are using land that should never be cultivated. How on earth is Yohann, the river technician, going to get the water quality he is after with some of the local agriculturalists causing problems like this.... with the fields cultivated right up to the water courses, the fertilisers, manure and worst, the slurry will continue to run off and pollute the river.
What hope is there for the river life?
And the wildlife that depends on it...
how can the Kingfisher hope to feed...