Our great boast here is that this is the driest part of the UK-Dunbar just up the coast from us has this official designation but I reckon
that Hutton (not Paxton)
is drier than even Dunbar. Something to do with being in the rain shadow between the Lammermuirs to the North and the Cheviots to the South. And it seems also that the Whiteadder has something to do with it. Often rain seems to keep on the far bank leaving us alone and we are all of 500 yards away!. It can be pouring in Paxton and cat and dogless here. Rarely vice versa.But if we are still the driest bit of these isles over the last 48 hours I shudder to think of what has happened to the rest of the country. 44 mm fallen here in 36 hours. That may not seem much in Llandudno or Stranraer. But to put it into context: Last August we had 10mm in the whole month-by today we have had 62-more than any other month this year except for January and more than double May. And Mr Fish returned to our screens with his sharpest suit (always a bad sign) to promise us lots more precipitation for the rest of this week.
I waded my way into a wetter- even- than -Hutton- Berwick this morning to find out what holiday makers do in bad weather. I am not sure as I could not find any. Not even in Safeways. So either they have returned to Glascow or Newcastle or they are trapped in their caravans. Perhaps the doves they have sent out to spy out the receding waters have failed to return. Safeways was heaven. So few customers that the 9 items or less check out was unpersonned.
I don't dare tell Mr F but we had a very strong sign of really bad rain only this morning. Not one known,I suspect, to the Met Office.The frogs were seen leaving our pond-the toad, more perceptive, left yesterday. Oh Dear. And the Wellies are still wet.