Marooned, briefly

February 14th, 2009

After all of Tuesday’s excitement, Wednesday brought a day of gentle rain. By Thursday morning, the river was much, much higher – right up to the edge of the path where I’m moored – and in fact it had clearly peaked during the night as the path was still partly wet. It was also cold – and there was ice on the path and, rather more crucially, on the gangplank. Faced with an icy gangplank with the “shore” end submerged, I decided not to go into the office and worked from home. By the afternoon the river had subsided to the level we’d had on Tuesday and I managed to get out and get provisions. Snow was forecast for the early evening, and didn’t disappoint. By this stage the river had dropped quite quickly, and so lots of fun was had out in the snow rescuing various boats that had got caught on the bank. Then we (myself and some of my neighbours) retreated to the warmth of the Fort St George and warmed our cockles with plenty of Abbot Ale.

Today (Saturday) the river’s come up a little bit after the snow melted on Friday afternoon. My achievement of the day has been beating the deformed end of the chimney extension back into shape, with creative application of a crowbar, pliers and a Mole wrench. So I won’t need a new chimney after all, saving me from shelling out £100 for a new one…

There are pictures of the floodwater and the chimney here.

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