Life goes on with each new day bringing it's different challenges.
Our Canadian guests have returned to Calgary.
We are spending a day tomorrow sailing on a stretch of the British Waterways in our friends barge. We had initially thought we would spend more time with them but their schedule did not fit in with ours so a day is better than not seeing them at all. Although the forecast is for rain I am sure I will have plenty of photographs.
Tuesday begins our time with "Soul in the City" (see a previous post). I went to have a look around the library area this afternoon and it is hard to see the shrubs for the weeds and the Columbine is covering everything. So looks like it will be hard work. We are praying for a good raport with the kids and opportunities for good conversations with the folks around.
Our weather continues to misbehave. We have had some more flooding in the garden but nothing like last week. Others have been less fortunate. In Berkshire which is west of London there are homes with 5 feet of water in their living rooms. A hospital on the South Coast had 18 inches of water in their ground floor wards. Barges have drowned under bridges on canals and in some places cars have become emersed under bridges. Friday was the first day of the school summer holidays and there were 40 miles of stationary cars on the M5 overnight as the roads were impassable.
In London 20 Underground stations were closed and 140 flights cancelled at Heathrow. There are many places holding their breath waiting for rivers to overflow some more as the water seeps down from the hills.
So we count ourselves very fortunate to have nothing more than a flooded garden.
Apparently we have low pressure from the jet stream that has been sitting over our country for some weeks now with not enough wind from the South to shift it.
So here are some beautiful photos from my garden taken before the storm and the first 3 I took today to show that not everything was damaged in the storm.
I will get to sorting my Oxford photographs sometime soon.