Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England



Not here, but in Cumbria, the Lake District and southern Scotland the irony is that it is the rain that gives that regions landscape such beauty and drama and yet it can also deliver such misery and tragedy.


Wasdale October 2008

When we were in the Lake District last October, we thought there had been a lot of rain and flooding; but it was nothing compared to what has happened in the the last 48 hours, so sympathies to all those affected, especially the family, friends and colleagues of PC Bill Barker and those still out dealing with the aftermath of the flooding and under the threat of more rain today. These photos show the enormity of the problem with more news items here


Wasdale October 2008

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

13 thoughts on “Deluge

  1. Bill Barker’s death was a real tragedy.

    • Stuart, I hope your mum hasn’t suffered too badly in the floods, I got quite choked up watching the footage of the elderly being rescued, because I know just how much something like that would upset my own mum, that and the indignity of being manhandled into a dinghy (and yet I know it would have been done with every care and compassion by the rescuers.) It is something the frail and the elderly don’t always have the stamina to bounce back from… it’s just too much for them.

  2. A real tragedy and my heart goes out to his family.
    The rain has been very heavy over the last few days. I ran 14miles today on the fells and It never let up. Everywhere is a bog.
    The situation must be very difficult in Cumbria

  3. Goodness, was that really Booths behind the fire chief in Keswick?

  4. I am so sorry to hear that. Lovely Cumbria is the only place I’ve ever visited in Britain, other than airports, and I just loved it. My heart goes out to PC Barker’s family and friends and colleagues, and to all the communities that are dealing with the floods.

  5. Booths is handy but you an get carried away at the Deli counter. They have some lovely stuff in there.
    Aww Uphill I remember my Post Bob Graham sleep. If I could sleep like that all the time it would be great. Sadly I cant.
    Still will never beat the voice of Joe as I waited at the Moot Hall when he said my dad will be along in a minute.
    I will never forget that.

  6. I have a friend in Ireland who must also be surrounded by the flooding and rain. She was calling for prayers for those affected. Hope the sun shines there soon…

  7. Such a beautiful area and such a shame. Global warming rearing it’s warning head. I hope people heed the call very soon.

  8. So sorry to see what have happened, and for those who have lost a family member. Pictures of floods, broken bridges and empty villages have been showed by TV news.

    Yesterday we saw the happy reunion of two dogs and their owners, who had to leave them behind the day before. This is telling something about how fast people had to act. Hopefully the weather will change soon.

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  10. Just watched someone from Cockermouth opening one oftheir kitchen drawers with water pouring out, like from a colander. Miserable!


  11. These are absolutely beautiful photographs – so atmospheric. As you say the rain is the reason for the wonderful scenery in the Lake District and other northern areas but occasionally it extracts a toll for the beauty it gives. The death of P C Barker was a real tragedy and I feel so sorry for his family.t

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