Photo article from the Welsh Hovel - the river Dee bursts its banks

Tom Winnifrith Wednesday 12 June 2019


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The River Dee is the boundary between England and Wales. Our new home is on the Welsh side. The river flows past an orchard which is behind the farm courtyard so about 15 yards from our house and then winds its way along two fields/ water meadows attached to the hovel for about half a mile. Normally the orchard is about six foot above the river. But it has been raining solidly for two days and upstream water has been released to stop lakes overflowing. And so I woke up this morning to the views below.

The first is across the Dee showing a field in England which is now a lake. The other photos are of the orchard. A couple of the apple trees are now surrounded by water and what should be a rough lawn is now a pond. The fields themselves have grass up to my waist and in some places chest so I have not investigated but I sense they too are now taking on water.

It has to get a lot worse for the water to enter the farmyard and in 50 years it has never entered the house although it came close in 2015. But it is a spectacular view don’t you think?


About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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