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No not that type of splitting or that type either. The north south divide was a phrase created several years ago to identify the different living standards of people living in the north and south of this country. With the recent localized weather conditions again, I think that now, it should also apply to the varying weather conditions "splitting" the country in half, somewhere around the Humber estuary, (see my post of). In my neck of the woods only 2 days in December were without any rain and about 4 and a half days so far this month without any. The temperatures are extremely mild for January and warm enough for me to wear a short sleeved shirt last Friday evening. I live only a few miles from the Somerset levels and approximately 25 square miles of land on and around the levels is still flooded. I thought it might make it to 30 before the national news reporters found out how to get there. With frost, blizzards and snow in the north of the country and a mini tornado in Surrey lifting cats off the ground, lol, I still can't make my mind up about global warming splitting this country into 2 different weather zones, cold up north, sub tropical down south. If you Yorkies think its cold up there, remember I lived there for 15 years, in the days of larders and no fridges (a vegetable growers nightmare).

The recent extremely rainy weather here has put my early sowing on hold down the plots, even sowing under cover is out of the question at the moment due to the wet ground. I ventured down to the plots yesterday afternoon mainly to check the security of my poly tunnel before the next deluge of rain accompanied by high winds set in last night. The conditions inside the tunnel itself were extremely damp all round. The allotments in general were looking windswept and in a sorry condition overall. After checking the condition of my sheds and poly tunnel and depositing some kitchen waste onto the compost heap it was time for home and some more decorating to finish off. All in all a boring December and January not achieving anything positive down the plots.

There's Always Tomorrow!!


  1. Hi Rooko,
    Not sure why they've given up on dredging the Levels.They do it in the Fens?
    It's fairly mild up here in N Lancs/S Cumbria at the moment.I went up to Ambleside today to buy some shrubs.Plus a run up Loughrigg Fell in shorts.Mainly dry and sunny but with a very sharp but short blinding hail storm!
    Had to laugh at a Daily Express headline that it might snow in the north.In January!
    My allotment is fairly waterlogged at the moment but our growing season doesn't
    get going until April.
    As well as some Heys Garden Centre (Ambleside) shrubs I bought some shrub roses for my garden beds from Beetham for a good show and easy maintenance.
    Despite the tempting displays I'll put of buying my seed potatoes for a while yet as it's all a bit too early yet.
    BTW I could do with a cool larder as a centrally heated bungalow is no good for chitting potatoes.


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