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And the drought goes on.

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OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 30-Apr-11 09:32:29

I think the rainfall situation is starting to get quite concerning. Down here we've had very little rainfall for the past two months and there is nothing substantial that I can see for the coming week (maybe next weekend?.....) It is the same across many central and south western areas too.

see environment agency report

In my own garden a lot of plants are showing signs of lack of water - some already losing leaves! We've had a number of fires locally too. I love this weather but its not how it should be!

mankyscotslass Sat 30-Apr-11 09:34:35

There has been very little in the way of rain here either OYBBK.

And a couple of fairly serious moorland fires too.

mankyscotslass Sat 30-Apr-11 09:35:29

My mum reckons that is was like this at the start of the 1976 drought, but I really don't remember much aparart from being in shorts and sandals for moths, and that was in West Coast Scotland!

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 30-Apr-11 13:26:10

I don't remember much about the '76 drought either, other than my Grandma dancing with me barefoot in the puddles in the first rain storm that broke it and the wonderful smell of rainsmile

PaperView Sat 30-Apr-11 13:28:47

V little rain in Manchester either.

Which is a sentance i never thought i would write grin

PaisleyLeaf Sat 30-Apr-11 13:32:33

Same here. Thunder storm last night, but need more rain.

mankyscotslass Sat 30-Apr-11 13:36:25

Wall to wall sunshine here in sunny Manchester today!

It's been good for the kids having the last 2 weeks off, but the garden is looking very tired.

Hassled Sat 30-Apr-11 13:40:01

My water butt is empty - I can't remember when that last happened. And I feel weirdly guilty watering the garden unless it's from the butt - I'm getting a bit obsessed about the whole rain/seedlings issue.

'76 drought I remember well, because it was the year we moved to England. I thought it was just standard in England for water to come out of taps in the street (we had standpipes) rather than houses - that our mother had moved us to some strange backwards country grin.

lubeybooby Sat 30-Apr-11 13:42:07

We haven't had any rain at all here for at least a month (leicestershire) and very very little for 2 months or so before that. I was recording recipitation for my OU module and kept noting 0mm week after week. Everything is dry as a bone and the various thunderstorms around now and then have missed us too,

Admiralpiett Sat 30-Apr-11 13:42:37

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lubeybooby Sat 30-Apr-11 13:42:56

precipitation even

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 30-Apr-11 16:06:10

about the moors fires in Lancashire

lubey - not much of a graph to create with that data!

Hassled - thats a really funny memory grin

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 30-Apr-11 16:09:06

The wind today is only going to compound the problems with any fires I fear.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 30-Apr-11 16:10:13

posted too soon! strong winds likely to carry through into tuesday. not helpful of them!

mankyscotslass Sat 30-Apr-11 16:22:55

There's a brisk breeze here today too, but glorious sunshine.

Those fires are bad OYBBK.

DS1 has just been to a friends birthday party. Bet the parents were grateful they could chuck 15 nine year olds in the garden rather than have them in the house.

I'm going to have to water the veg tonight . (well the pots with carrots and beans for the kids in).

Everywhere is so dry.

HerRoyalHighnessPrincessCervix Sat 30-Apr-11 16:24:42

very dry here in wiltshire. garden all dry and cracked, grass yellow and my (very small) pond has virtually dried up (no fish so going to give it a clean out anyway)

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 01-May-11 09:22:25

southern Wales and parts of the far SW seems to have a chance of rain tomorrow. Western parts may have some on thursday too. Other than that, unless the odd thunderstorm comes along, another very dry picture across the uK this week.

GloriaSmud Sun 01-May-11 09:55:21

We got back from holiday yesterday and the edge of the lawn at the front of the house, near the driveway, has a brown edge to it. Those bits usually only go brown in the middle of the summer so it shows how dry it's been.

(OT ~ OYBBK, I think we were in your area of the country yesterday. We decided to make a detour and show DDs Stonehenge on the way back from Devon so drove Salsbury/Newbury way. Think you're over that way?)

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 01-May-11 11:47:05

About an hour east-ish from there Gloria smile <cryptic> I hope you had a good holiday.
We've decided to embrace the drought in part and let the guinea pigs be responsible for all mowing until decent rain makes it grow rapidly. hooray!

mankyscotslass Sun 01-May-11 11:51:40

The plus side of all this dry weather is it's saving me a fortune on heating and also drying the washing....can't remember the last time I had to put the tumble drier on.

Glorious here again today, it feels warmer than yesterday already.

GloriaSmud Sun 01-May-11 13:01:42

Ooh 'eastish!' <rushes off to look at maps! Also idly wonders whether could get DDs hamster to like grass!>

Manky ~ have all the holiday washing out at the moment! I can't remember when I had to resort to the dryer either!

Meglet Sun 01-May-11 13:04:02

My water butt was emptied over 3 weeks ago. I have resorted to using the hosepipe on the veg I don't want to lose.

I love not having to take coats and rain covers out with me though.

Can it rain a little bit overnight please?

colditz Sun 01-May-11 13:05:28


Seriously, we have a very easily offended sun in the UK. You must never ever talk about it negatively, or hint that you would prefer rain, or it will disapprea for the rest of the year and we'll have floods.

You can solve the lack of rain with a hosepipe - you can't solve a lack of sun.

Meglet Sun 01-May-11 13:08:10


Dear Sun,

I love you very much and the fact you give us rosy cheeks, make us smile and I have less washing to do. Please don't ever leave us.


shinyshoes Sun 01-May-11 13:13:59

Dear sun,

You make me very hot, sweaty and icky. You make me feel sick. I can't take the children out as I am very grumpy sitting in the sun.
I hate it in my eyes and can't walk anywhere as I start to sweat like a pig on a spit.

Please send copiuos amounts of rain, thunder that makes the windows rattle and lightning that lights up the night sky.

If only for a couple of days grin

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