Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Water Water every where.

Today Sue and I were just so bored after being inside for days during the bad weather. After breakfast we decided to see if we could get out onto Dartmoor, from our front we can just see it and could see quite a lot of Snow still there. We set off out past Newton Abott, heading over drum bridges toward Bovey Tracey and Ashburton. What became clear very quickly was the amount of flooding there is around. When you consider how much snow fell high on the Moors, followed by heavy rain melting it, it isn't surprising it soon swelled Rivers and Streams causing problems.
This picture is just one of many we took on some of Dartmoors village roads. It shows that there is still a lot of snow up here. My next blog wil have some nice pictures of Snowy Dartmoor.
Please click on any picture to enlarge it.
The picture below is of what 10 days ago was a farmers yard and field. The "Lake" in the back ground in actual fact is just a grazing field for Horses swollen with flood water.

Below again normal fields, part of the same huge false lake in the above picture.
The local bird life soon find the abundant food in these type of waters, arriving in great numbers.

Below, again the same inland temporary lake, I think due to melting snow and a forecast of more rain it could even get bigger !!!.
As you can see, like its title Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink (a bit mucky).

This final picture was taken on the way down just outside of Ashburton, we had to go through several fords of flood water, this was just one of them.
At the end of all my blogs I always do a joke of the day. Today I decided that, after seeing all this water that as a mark of respect for the plight of the Australian people i would not do one. Lets hope they get just a little of our rain to help put out those terrible fires.


Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob, thank you for comments thoughts and words..Water water every were , we can only wish for heavy rain to help put out the devasting fires over here death now at 181 .. 550 homes lost last count.. and rising all the time..
there are still a lot of people missing.. and a lot of families perished in there homes.. its just so sad every time the news comes on I shed a tear,,, Take care Bob..

10:05 am  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Thank you Bob, for caring enough to leave out jokes on your post, in respect to the victims of our bushfires. Your photos are like mirages to my eyes; I don't remember the last time I saw water inland like that. I specify inland, because seeing the sea is completely different to inland lakes and rivers. You wouldn't have to send rain from England to Oz; half of north Queensland is underwater due to floods. It just needs a government who think with their head instead of their arse, to install a pipeline to carry water from Qld to Victoria. Never mind that it's about 2000 miles!!

12:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Hi Bob, the recent whacky weather we had of late has certainly provided some good photo ops! So far here we have had little snow, only one bad day and it has mainly been very sunny but cold. Not so grim up north after all then! Hope you are both ok.

9:28 pm  
Blogger Shammickite said...

That's a lot of water to be standing in the fields. We had heavy rain for a whole day on top of a month's worth of snow on the ground, and the rivers and streams were full to overflowing.
I too have been reading the news and various blogs about the Australian fires, my prayers are with them all "down under".

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Blogger Aiden said...

Glad to see that teignmouth survived the freeze, we here in lincoln weren't so lucky there have been a couple of least two were fatal! hope youre doing ok and all is well

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