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Well, it's Sunday night again here. I'm trying to do school prep and watch Top Gear, make pudding, bake cookies and get everyone ready for an early night. Luckily women can multi-task. And on that note, I bought 'Above the Earth' for my classes at school - it's a French DVD showing the most amazing images of the planet. It's beautiful, and we do a unit in RE each year on being stewards of the planet. I played the first hour of it in class last week using the projector and big screen, then on Friday I put the tv wagon in my room and played the rest of the programme while I taught! I told the girls they were women so they could multi-task, watch that and do my work at the same time! It worked well!

It's really cold here, a biting southerly, but it's not flooding like the UK. How amazing. In summer too. I wonder if they had to rescue so many people because people wouldn't have thought it could happen to them, there, then.

We had a moving Mass this morning, starting with Be Still, a most beautiful song. My friends whose father died during the week arrived with all their family feeling terrible, their first Mass since he died, and said they could hardly bear to be there. Both wept on my shoulder as they came to sit down. I felt so sad for them, and when our head of the Bazaar got up to speak about our final final total, and to thank the man who stood in for her father who became ill during the Bazaar and subsequently died, she started to cry too, and it was all very moving. And my Principal also rose at the end of Mass and spoke with great heart about the college and how wonderful it is. She did really well, and I felt proud to be working for her.


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Jul. 22nd, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
People were trapped at work and at home. A few were trapped in hotels and some on boats (!) because if you can't tell which is river you can't sail and you can't get to supplies. We think there was probably enough advance warning for more people to have moved their cars to higher ground (some of them were trying to when they were 'caught') and sandbagged some properties, if they were physically capable. But it was fairly widespread and the waters were in some cases 10 metres above normal. Also, people trusted the flood defences, which weren't built to cope with the sheer volume of water. Nobody expected to have to evacuate two counties! People were advised to remain in their homes and await rescue if necessary. A lot of roads are impassable, either through floods or landslides, the trains are either cancelled or in chaos and the airports are jammed. Supplies of drinking water are threatened. The television pictures are amazing and frightening. People are being advised, nationwide, not to travel long distances. It is still raining.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Wow. Gosh. It really is quite extraordinary. We keep saying, but this is England! England doesn't have these kinds of disasters... it's not like there are huge mountains for the water to run off. It must be just a hell of a lot of rain, huh.

I hope you are safe where you are. We had floods once, when I was a teenager, and my sister in law's cat just survived by staying put on the top bunk in her bedroom. It only ever reached the floorboards of our house, so we were really lucky, but it was an extraordinary time, wading back and forth.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Apparently the jet stream moved and we are getting the weather that usually keeps to the sea north of Scotland. The worst hit areas suffered like this once before - 1947 when the heaviest snowfall in living memory melted. The problem is that the towns are built on a river system (as most mediaeval towns were, for transport reasons) and there has been so much rain on the higher ground that the rivers can't cope, and at the same time the nineteenth century drainage systems are n't good enough. There have also been town councils allowing new building on flood plains, thinking their flood defences were adequate.

We're fine - just a few new leaks in the roof and one under the dining room wall. Our main street was floded while I was away - and the golf course washed down the hill. Gail is fine but can't reach the shops. A friend's daughter lives in Tewkesbury and works in Cheltenham - she's been evacuated from her new flat,couldn't go in to rescue anything, had to buy all new clothes (and borrow from her father to do so) and 'camp' with colleagues in Cheltenham. She's been told it will probably be about three weeks before she can go home. Meanwhile, the power is off, and the fridge and freezer are full...

We saw a woman break down on the news when she found her cats, in her shop, drowned. I've never lived that low near a river but my mother's bungalow and the estate it's in were cut off a couple of years ago when the 'beck' rose.

Tomorrow is supposed to be dry (three dry days since the beginning of June) but the run-off from the hills is still raising the river levels.

It's almost exciting in a macabre kind of way. But I feel so sad for the people who are in the midst of it all. Some are safe but cut off and supplies are being taken in by helicopter. The TV news and the papers are full of the floods and nothing else.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
You are busy busy! But you're right, most women have that natural multitasking ability.

How do you like that Mika cd? I've only heard two of the songs off of it, but I love them both.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
-How do you like that Mika cd?
Christy had it playing last night and we didn't get through it all but I did like it so far. And I usually don't like new music straight off, it takes a couple of listens! And the CD is so pretty!!!
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Hm...maybe I'll check it out!
Jul. 23rd, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
Luckily women can multi-task. - Yes to be honest I get a bit bored if I'm only doing one thing at a time!!!

The weather here has been quite extraordinary, nothing here in the north compared to what has been happening down in the south... but it just keeps on raining... you think it's stopped and then it starts all over again...frustrating - this is our summer holidays!! The scenes from elsewhere have been horrendous though- so we should count ourselves very lucky really...
Jul. 23rd, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
-you think it's stopped and then it starts all over again...frustrating - this is our summer holidays!!
Yeah, I think that's one of the hard things, you're thinking, if this is summer, when will we see the sun before winter comes back again! I do hope it gets better for you in August.
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