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Photo article from the Welsh Hovel: snow on top of flooding prompts two thoughts

Tom Winnifrith
Tuesday 17 January 2023

The pictures below show the elevated lawn and Ha Ha and the fields this morning at the Welsh Hovel. As you can see it snowed last night, there is about half an inch on the ground. And the fields are completely flooded. It is a wonderful view and shows my flood defences holding firm. But it prompts two thoughts.

On Saturday a chap in the houses above our upper field had a heart attack. I am afraid to say that he died. The air ambulance came to try and save him and has a standing permission from me to land on the fields if it needs to. But they were flooded so it was able to land on the lawn I built. I wonder if the various village snitches who griped on the Holt facebook page or who reported me to Natural Resource Wales or Wrexham Council might like to reconsider their behaviour in light of what has happened. The ambulance could only land becuase of work I did which has also improved drainage, reduced flooding and improved the aesthetics of the area. Folks you know where to apologise. I do not expect that you will.

Secondly, my son Joshua has now been on this planet in seven calendar years and as of last night there has now been snow in all seven of those years.  The ruinous cliamte change policies of this country are justified by the forecasts of folks such as Dr David Viner of UEA who in 2000 predicted that within a few years British kids will see snow as “a very rare and exciting event. Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.” So far Viner has been wrong for every year of Joshua’s life and his temperature forecasts of dramatic global warming have all been wrong too.  Yet our climate change policy for the next 50 years are based on work by him and his peers. Does nobody think it odd that we act on the basis of a man who could not forecast his way out of a paper bag?

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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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