The water levels here at the Welsh Hovel are about a foot up up on yesterday but the waters, while encroaching further into the main garden, remain at least ten yards from the house. So no panic. Yesterday Joshua and I went to inspect “Joshua’s fields” which run along the banks of the Dee up from the house to close to the bridge to England.
The only way to get a view of the floods was by heading into the graveyard of the village church. As you can see, the top meadow – where Joshua will keep his goats – is still dry. But from a row of blackberry buhes that divide it from the main field, the grass is now underwater. That pond by the blackberry bushes is 200 yards from where the river normally runs. Those bushes and small trees in the river are normally the bank.