After Desmond


The storm came, the rains fell and the field behind our house developed a huge puddle. Or a small lake? It has flooded before, although not often, but this is the largest expanse of wet which we’ve seen there. It has never, to our knowledge, burst through the wall and flooded Bottom’s Lane for instance…


…and I’ve never seen the graveyard flooded before. When you look at the depth of the water compared to the headstones you should bear in mind the fact that the ground in the cemetery is considerably higher than the land around it – soil was brought in to give a sufficient depth to make burials feasible; generally, the bedrock is not far beneath the surface in this area.


Little S was very taken by the transformed landscape. Waterscape.


This is Lambert’s meadow, or Lambert’s Lake as it seems to have become.


Naturally TBH had to wade through the water to get to the submerged bridge.


Sadly, I didn’t capture the expression on her face when the inevitable happened and the water over-topped her boots.



Later, as the light was fading, I had another short walk on Warton Crag.


There’s often flooding around Warton, but I’ve never seen it like this. With Kendal and Lancaster both flooded, in Silverdale we had a very lucky escape with no adverse effects at all. The extent of our fortune was brought home to me as the sun sank and the familiar view was eerily unfamiliar because of the absence of streetlights or lighted windows – Warton, Carnforth, Lancaster and many other places south of us were without electricity and would continue to be so intermittently for much of the following week.


After Desmond

6 thoughts on “After Desmond

  1. Brings to life the sense of wetness. Brace yourself for winter though, Daily Express says there is an “Arctic Bomb” coming. It might not be true though, old fella’

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      If it’s in the Daily Express it must be true! An Arctic Bomb? Sounds like a 1970s pudding. I can see that I unwittingly invited the mockery, btw. Very droll.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes, thanks. Whilst I don’t want to risk jinxing our home, I think I can safely say that we are highly unlikely to be flooded – the area stands on Limestone, and whilst low lying areas flooded anywhere with even a slight elevation remained safe. Rising sea levels occasionally give me pause for thought however.

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