Honey Fungus in Jason and Sams' Garden
I returned to Shannon airport from the UK on Thursday midnight and Jim was there to pick me up. I know the UK news has been all about the floods in Cockermouth, but it's been awful in Ireland too. Jim wasn't sure whether he'd even make it to the airport. He drove through a too deep flood at one point and the car was spluttering but he managed to make it across.
We set off home and every route we tried was flooded. We took all the back roads we knew and eventually we did make it home, after 2 hours of worried driving.
Our road was a river and Jim had carried out some repairs in the pouring rain on Thursday, but it needed much more. The lane leading to our turn off was just a stream of water and had dug a deep groove out of the right hand side.
Jim stood by Hilary's house and videoed this. Our turning is at the bottom of the hill where it bears right.
The road to the right leads to our cottage and to the left, to Kevin's house and Lough Graney.
This is where some of the water came from, the field to the right of our turning. The stream is usually a little trickle.
These video snippets were taken on Jim's very very old camera, so forgive the quality.
Friday 20th November
Yesterday we realised we would have to repair the road at the bottom. Luckily, the builders had dropped some stone by a farm gate at the top of the road by Hilary's, so we were able to use that, utilising our motorised wheelbarrow to cart it up and down.
Here I am filling in the holes with stone and shale. It seems to have held today. We have had more rain, but the initial deluge lasted 48 hours.
Jim and I drove to Lough Graney at Caher, where the road was flooded and took a few photos:
I'm glad I don't live in that house, on a level with the lake.
This is the road, with a rather attractive tree reflection.
These people lived in the flooded area and had gone back to collect some things. They had a collie dog with them - Buster thought that was great:
In Cork, thousands are without water as the main treatment plant is under water. Many roads around County Clare are still blocked with the floods. Jim needed to go shopping today and did manage to get to Gort, our nearest shopping town, via another round about route. I spent my time cleaning up and generally sorting things out. Jim didn't manage to visit Lidl though:
So it's all been a bit exciting. Jim is going to the UK on Tuesday until Saturday so I hope I will be able to run him to the airport ok - and get home again.
My UK Trip
I went to visit Jason, Sam, Jack and Kitty on Tuesday. I arrived at some unearthly hour in the morning, around 8am and Jason picked me up with Jack - who was very excited as usual! We partook of a MacDonald's breakfast then drove back to J's house. We had to stay in most of the day as Sam had taken her Mum Rene to the hospital for a procedure and had to wait for the phone call to collect her. No problem for me, Jack and I played and Kitty watched.
Jack pulling a cheeky face!
Jack and I made a camp! It kept collapsing though.
Kitty had been fed (as you can see) and was playing with these beads. She had bright red cheeks as she is teething.
In the garden are some beautiful fungi, and I took some photos of that while the sun was shining:
A 'joiner' of the line of fungus.
I shall leave it at that for today and post my photos from Days 2 and 3 in the UK tomorrow.
Love to everyone.