Sunday, 1 November 2009
All that rain . . .
As I mentioned earlier, we had a bit of rain here overight. Here are some photos of the river taken AFTER it had subsided a few feet. Before dawn it had been busy-bodying across our lane and the one the other side of the bridge, depositing mud and heaps of leaves in its wake. As we reached the first bend at the bottom of our hill, we saw a dead cow hurtle past, on its side and with its head sometimes flung up by the waves. It won't stop until it floats out into Carmarthen Bay or fetches up on the beach at Llansteffan . . .
K and I decided to walk up as far as the gates to the Big House to see just how high it was further down, where the river narrows and goes through a rocky canyon. Huge boulders I normally stand on to take scenic pictures were completely under water and the coffee-coloured water was hurling itself downstream, almost up to the top of the banks. It can't have seemed too threatening though as our neighbours living on the river bank hadn't moved their car to higher ground.
Masses of debris was being carried downstream - sticks, branches, and a biggish tree stuck against the middle support of our bridge, which is something which happens regularly when we have heavy rain. Not a good day for Pooh Sticks unless you can run very fast from one side of the bridge to the other . . .
View from the bridge - as you can see, it is close to invading our neighbour's garden.
This is how it gets out onto the lane, as well as coming up through the drains . . . It's quite intimidating driving along beside the river when it is this high.
Trees along the river edge are now several feet deep in flood water.
. . . and how the river usually looks.
Whirlpools formed and moved as we watched.
Huge boulders now under water.
There'll be plenty more photos like this over the winter I suspect . . .