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    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 12:09pm (Dec 8th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    You've probably seen the horrendous flooding that parts of Cumbria and Lancaster have recently endured over the last few days - whilst Scarlet is lucky in that their house/street isn't flooded, they haven't had electricity for 2 days from Saturday morning to yesterday when the power came back on - for a couple of hours - and then cut again.

    She called to say they couldn't get any details from the electricity company and their mobile was quickly running out of charge - as we spoke the call ended with her mobile dying. I feel a bit (completely) helpless as we can't contact her - mobiles can't be charged, home phone lines don't work - we can't get to her as many of the roads are closed and still flooded, the shops near her are all closed due to the power outages - they have very little food and no heating / hot water. :(

    I was happy to see her sense of humour was still there even in the face of adversity when she mentioned they were really chuffed when they received a little package from us today - a couple of baubles and an advent candle - as they were using the advent candle for heat and light!!

    I've checked with the energy supplier and they say as their home is very near the fault their supply isn't due to come back on until all repairs are complete - estimated at 4pm tomorrow! So they've not had electricity for 4 days...

    I've texted to let them know but obviously they won't get it until the power is on anyway..! We've also sent an Asda home shopping delivery their way (should be delivered tomorrow morning) so hopefully they'll be in for it to arrive safely - it's all snack food/drink so hopefully stuff they can eat if they still don't have power.

    There's not much more we can do, apart from send our love and hugs - they've been through the wringer a bit recently so could really do with some good fortune for once.

    Much loves, dad xxx
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 3:41pm (Dec 8th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Awwww :) :heart:

    Thanks man! So chuffed the power seems to be back early...slightly worried as it gets closer towards 4pm haha, as that's when it went off yesterday, but at least we've had chance to charge things and get the house warmed up a little!

    Our mobile's charge actually lasted until late last night, but the problem was the signal just drops completely from the area when the power goes out. At least we could have made emergency calls this time though, way better than at the weekend!!
    This was a lovely post :)

    We hung the baubles on the tree and had the lights on, then the power went out bwahahaha! Your advent candle was a lifesaver though and only burned down to 12 throughout the evening :smile:

    Here are some pics and a video from the weekend before my camera died...this is the main road between us and town:

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    Walking through the village:

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    Houses; the water was really deep here too and almost reached the top of my wellies:

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    I didn't get to take too many photos of the flooding because my camera died early Sunday to Monday!
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 3:41pm (Dec 8th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    My Nana bought us this game about four years ago for Christmas and it was great as it was an electronic game that didn't need power! :bigsmile:

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    We played LOTS of pictionary :rolling:

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    Lyle's bull that seemed to be eating its own horn and have it's innards hanging out :rofl:

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    Our December BBQ on Saturday where Lyle set fire to the garden :rolling:

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    This was Monday night when the temperature dropped to 6*C / 42.8F, brrrr

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    And footage to show how dark everywhere was!

      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 6:19pm (Dec 8th 2015)
    Get yourselves some flippers and an aqualung...:scared: You lot look after yourselves . :heart:
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 8:03pm (Dec 8th 2015)
    So glad you have some power back - hope you managed to cook something hot and filling and the power has stayed with you.
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 8:47pm (Dec 8th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Power's still here, it's soooooo good! We're all warm and have had our first hot meal of the week :bigsmile:

    Both times the power went out the town got it back before our village, and the street lights came right up to the bridge about 20 seconds walk from our when we stepped outside we could see power, which was so annoying haha! We got power twelve hours later...looking towards town we saw this:

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    And our house is up there :rolling:

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    And the view from our door :smile:

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2015 8:39pm (Dec 9th 2015)
    Wow, that looks really awful, Red. I hope everything will get better there soon. We are in a bad way around here too. Some of the little towns around us have water 5 feet deep on their main roads. We are lucky in this neighborhood as we are well over 500 ft. above sea level.
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2015 5:25pm (Dec 10th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Apparently we had 20cm - 30cm of rain in 24 hours last wonder there were floods! I'm so glad the river in our village didn't overflow...

    When we walked Rey today and climbed the huge hill we saw some amazing flooding in the fields we used to walk through to get to the next village (stupid bitey horse is back so we can't use them at the moment) I'll post the pics soon though.

    Do they use pumps to clear water that deep Lynn or is it just left? Are there other ways to / from the towns?
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2015 8:17pm (Dec 10th 2015)
    Five feet deep!! Wow!! Glad you're OK Lynn. Keep those wellies handy Red, think there'll be a lot more rain before the winter's out. x
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2015 5:02pm (Dec 11th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Discovered on yesterday's dog walk that my left welly has a hole in - glad that didn't happen a week ago!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2015 11:14pm (Dec 11th 2015) edited
    When the rivers crest, the only thing you can do is wait for the water to go back:face-sad: to it's banks. They got most of the people out with boats, lots of people lost their homes, but thankfully no one died. This is going to be an awful Winter.
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2015 4:47pm (Dec 12th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Are you having worse weather / flooding than usual Lynn or is this quite standard?

    I know a lot of the rivers that burst their banks around here had flood defences put in within the last five years, and that were supposed to be able to withstand a once in a lifetime flood...that went well :rolling:

    Had another power cut last night, but only throughout the night. Can deal with that :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2015 9:27pm (Dec 12th 2015)
    In a way we are having it worse than usual as our rain is generally light and the past couple of years it's been heavy rain. Also it snows up in the mountains several feet of snow, then the weather warms up and all the snow melts with the heavy rain so doubles and triples the amount of water that starts coming down the rivers. Mt. Rainier is over 14,000 feet tall the foothills around it are several thousand feet high with snow on them too..when it starts to melt in the rain like it has been's scary. This is my view of Mt. Rainier
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2015 12:06pm (Dec 13th 2015)
    What a fantastic view to have outside your window, Lynn!
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2015 6:06pm (Dec 13th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow, having enough snow to really have to worry about the excess water when it melts is a crazy thought!