Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Wet weekend

It's finally stopped raining after the typical Bank Holiday weather, it's been so very wet and windy. Our garden is covered in the blossom blown from our neighbour's tree just the other side of the fence, I'm not complaining but it's a shame as the tree was looking lovely. I could do with buying more plants for the raised bed but will leave it this year as a certain Miss Tilly likes to trample in there as well as jumping into the flower tubs.

 
 
I've had to remove the foam insulation covering the pipes from the boiler as it was like a magnet to her. She's now tall enough to nibble the end so I will need to take some more off. The joys of having a pup that is into all sorts of mischief.


I was warned to be careful taking Tilly for a walk at the weekend as travellers had set up camp on the nearby industrial estate after having been moved on from school playing fields. Anyone who has read my previous blogs will know that every spring and summer we have a problem with them here and at one time they pitched up in our street and smashed  car windscreens.

I should have known better at Bank Holiday time but we decided to take Tilly for a short drive in the car on Sunday and visit the big park where she could have a good run on the long lead. The weather was quite warm so I didn't need to wear a coat but as soon as we arrived at the park it started to rain and as it was coming down quite heavily our walk was quickly abandoned. It then took well over an hour to travel the few miles back home and I couldn't believe it but it started to hailstone while we were moving very slowly in the queue of traffic. We hadn't expected it to be as busy as it was especially this year with some restrictions still in place  but it looked like the caravan parks were very busy. Lots of people sat outside pubs and cafes even in the rain. 

Bank Holiday Monday the weather was so wild we didn't even venture out of the house. Seems like the worst of the bad weather is now over, just typical for those having that long awaited break away just for the weekend.

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  1. Sod's law that it should start raining the minute you get to somewhere for a nice walk with Tilly. I remember the long delay you had once before when you were on your way home from somewhere, I also remember the travellers setting up home in your street. I never went anywhere on Monday as the weather was so awful, the dogs didn't want to go out only in the garden so I never got out of my pj's :)

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    1. I know the rain was needed but combined with those strong winds it was awful and even kept me awake over night. I should have remembered to avoid the coast road on Bank Holidays but hadn’t expected it to be that busy this year. Monday’s rain was really heavy and I wasn’t taking Tilly out in that but I did get dressed :)

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  2. I've been doing some family history research over the last 20 or so years, and I've concluded that my children's great-great-great-grandfather was from a traveller family! Maybe we have relations who were parked on your street!!!!
    I thought it always rains on Bank Holidays in Wales????

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    1. I would hate to be related in any way to the travellers who plague this area. I don’t want to say too much about them just that they are a downright nuisance and leave their filth behind. The travellers are Irish as was my great great great grandfather but he was not from a traveller family though.
      April was a very dry month and we needed the rain but not the gale force winds as well. It does always rain at Bank Holidays you’re right.

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  3. I remember the problem those travellers caused when they tried to set up a camp on the grass area . . . and right now you don't want people like to even know you have a dog, let alone set eyes on her. What a bl**dy horrible world we live in sometimes 😤

    We never go anywhere around here on Bank Holidays, ever!

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    1. We saw all the caravans and cars parked up and didn’t feel safe walking Tilly round here as it’s a quiet area and that’s the reason we went out in the car. Last year I heard they’d parked up on the retail park but got moved on as they were blocking delivery lorries and they went leaving three dogs behind. I don’t know if it’s true or not but wouldn’t surprise me. You’re right about it being a horrible world. I’ve been upset by some local news too this weekend. Two young lads caught on CCTV stoning three swans, killing one and injuring the two others. What the hell is wrong with people!

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  4. I do hope you don't have any trouble from the travellers. I've seen the mess and damage they leave behind when they move on and I wouldn't wish that in anyone.

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    1. They always leave their mess behind and councils round here even provide them with portaloos. It’s the criminal behaviour that’s the main worry. We just have to hope they move away soon.

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  5. Oh dear, seems your Bank holiday weekend in May is known to be wet from other blogs I read. Pity you couldn't spend it out and about. We don't particularly have "travelers", as that is what is referred to as gypsies here & very few about. Hope they are moved on soon for you. Maybe some netting over the side garden until the plants grow & Tilly is older? Take care & hugs.

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    1. It does seem to be typical Bank Holiday weather although we have had a very warm and dry April followed by cold, wet and windy weather. I think travellers is the more polite word for gypsies or it may just be a UK name I don't know. They come over from Ireland, camp wherever they like and cause misery for locals. They are a big problem here and there are limited powers to move them on.
      I'll leave buying new plants this year as Tilly would no doubt be attracted to the netting. Take care.

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  6. We need to be prepared for all weathers at the moment. It's all over the place.
    I hope you don't have any problems with the travellers again. It must be very stressful for you. X

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    1. Isn’t the weather strange and not knowing what to wear each day. The travellers aren’t as close as they have previously been but near enough to make me worried about walkingTilly locally.

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  7. We managed a walk with Archie in a local wood on Bank Holiday Monday but there were a couple of showers while we were out, the tree canopy kept us dry though. We were out in the best of the day, it got very wet and windy later in the day and it's been the same on and off this week. It sounds like Tilly is into everything, I remember having to watch Archie like a hawk when he was a puppy as he was forever picking up slugs and snails, it's not the nicest job having to prize those slimy creatures out of a dog's mouth!

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    1. The weather is so changeable and it’s easy to get caught out in heavy rain showers and we certainly didn’t expect to see hailstones in May. Tilly is fond of picking up stones In the garden and biting them and I’m worried she could damage her teeth. I have quite a collection of stones on the outside table now. I’m relieved to say she hasn’t picked up any slugs or snails yet and that sounds revolting.

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  8. It certainly was a bit of a washout wasn't it. I share your worries exactly. I live in fear and dread of dog theft and it means I never take them on my own to lonely places now which is such a shame. You really have to have eyes in the back of your head with puppies!

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    1. Dreadful weather. I've never had to think about dog theft before and it's a real worry and a shame now with the increase in the crime and Tilly being so small and young and I'm not a spring chicken anymore. I'm always glad when Tilly has a nap as I'm forever watching what she's up to.

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