Saturday 6th November 2010
It’s a little, (or even a lot), like Groundhog day, or year. Last year, not long after Halloween, the rains came, causing widespread floods in Cumbria. It appears this year has more of the same in store. On the 4th of November the sky sprang a serious leak over south west Cumbria. The rainfall was heavy over the whole county, with flood warnings for Keswick in particular. I think, compared with last year, our part of the county was hit harder than last year. The drive from the main gate, which goes between the Owl Centre and the wildlife pond had turned into a river in spate. Fallen leaves had blocked the flow of water through the fence into the pond. I had to wade through this torrent which came near the top of my wellies to open the gate and allow the flood to get through. Not that this made any difference, as so much water was flooding down the drive. Both overflow pipes on the pond were overwhelmed by this. As was the overflow by the castle. I have seen bad weather here on numerous occasions, but never like this. All the staff were sent home early to avoid being stranded here due to flooding. I did a last round of the collection to see if there were any casualties among the owls, as many of the aviary floors were under water, before I too, left. On the way home I encountered major flooding just about every 100 yards. I nearly didn’t make it home. My car had a tide mark near the top of the grill, and the fan belt doesn’t sound too healthy. On inspection the following day, there were no casualties. We got off lightly.
Halloween fell on the Sunday. We had been doing the spooky owl tours since the previous Sunday, and for the last three days both Andy and myself were joined by Roy and Debs Smith, to add to the theatre that was the spooky owl tour. It was a great success, with over 400 people having taken part. Visitor feedback has been very encouraging, and bodes well for next Halloween. I will leave you with some pictures of the Halloween week.
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