More floods, rain and gales affecting both Paxton and Horning on Remembrance Sunday when I trained Sam with many water retrieves.
I then loaded up the Range Rover and rescued two of Daniel’s friends marooned the other side of the flooded River Kym. Poor Diana had forgotten her plan for us to go to the parade service with her Brownies at St James Church
The overnight wind strengthened into a gale, moved to the north-west and with the driving rain made for some harsh conditions when I went out to take the dog for a walk. The river had risen steadily and was over the lower lawns and half way up the banks on my riverside frontage. I took Sam over to Mill Meadow where the water was flooding on to the field so that I had to walk around the raised banks and even then, could not go right to the end for the flooding. I continued my policy of giving him experience in water and threw him two dummies into the navigation stretch. Though not as fast-flowing as the sluice side; the lock guillotine was up and the flow fast enough to give Sam experience of being swept along.
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A good towelling for him upon his return home and then he was allowed to spend some time in his kennel for once during the day as the weather was quite cold. Back for breakfast but then I had to go out again to move the garden furniture around in the summer house before the water got too high. The televised Remembrance Day Service at The Cenotaph which was just as poignant for me as usual and the music, which becomes yearly more familiar, was the more so. I was set to rest and do some work afterwards when Daniel came running in with news of two of his friends marooned the other side of the flooding River Kym.
In fact, they had become trapped up the drive of a girlfriend's house last night which was a misfortune mixed with opportunity, but the game had become tiresome when they could not even get their car out this morning. I loaded up the Land Rover with boots and waders and took Daniel over there and, after I had prospected the depth of the water in my waders, we drove through the flood and carried them home. Back a little late for lunch and then because it had stopped raining, despite feeling lazy and tired afterwards, I went out and worked on the compost heaps; assembling a new one from the kit I bought yesterday and then turning the other two out of the rising flood-water and into the enclosures.
Out with Sam again and then back for a rest in the lounge whilst eating a buffet tea and watching television. Poor Diana had forgotten her plan for us to go to the parade service at St James Church and it was too late when I thought to ask her about it. An evening with my journal and some interesting programmes on Radio 4. A call to Doris this evening and found that the rain and wind had been severely affecting Ropes Hill Dyke again. It was not so bad as last month but still the road and gardens were under again.