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Friday 4 September – rain tries to stop play

The rain never seems to stop for long. It seems to have been going on for weeks now, and it’s none too warm outside. I hope it’s not too late for an Indian summer but it’s not looking good.

By way of an illustration. This is a footbridge over a burn that cuts through one of my fields. Usually the burn – which eventually ends up the River Tyne – is about 50 cm deep, and there’s a good metre clearance below the bridge. Well as you can see it’s something of a torrent at the moment, and the burn is well over 2 metres deep. If there is a lot more rain in the next 24 hours then past experience suggests there will be flooding further down the valley.

Water lapping over the burn's bridge

Water lapping over the burn's bridge

Yesterday was equally soggy but nothing seems to dampen the enthusiasm of Peter Atkinson, MP for Hexham, and Guy Opperman, the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, who were visiting the parish yesterday. We had tea at Rochester’s Camien CafĂ© before they had to dash off to the next parish. It’s a 50 year tradition for MPs to do that around here in summer, but I can’t help thinking they’re supposed to do it on horseback.

Peter Atkinson and Guy Opperman, Rochester

Peter Atkinson and Guy Opperman, Rochester

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