This RAIN!

Much has been said about the current (late November 2012) weather situation. I can’t really imagine anyone not being aware of just how awful it is … unless you happen to have been on the moon in a Branston Rocket! Yes I know, I added a T.

Clearly Somerset has indeed taken a pounding, and here where I live in a small village outside Taunton, we have been cut off twice already. Many properties flooded, and today (Saturday) it starts yet again on already swollen rivers, canal and fields. Drains cannot cope, the wet weather we endured during the summer means the water has no real place to go.

By now I hope everyone has their Bonsai tucked away. Forecasts suggest … maybe, some 100mph gusts coming! Get those trees away in the garage, or wherever is safe but do what you can to protect them. Show caution when using the greenhouse as many have been blown down or away if poly-carb type. I’ve  got all the deciduous varieties in my garage; (they DO NOT) need any light during dormancy; just be mindful if the garage is heated not to bring them out of a winter sleep too quickly!

Evergreen varieties such as pine or coniferous will be fine in the dark for a few days. DO NOT bring them into the heated home. An unheated porch etc will be fine, but if closed in watch the sun (when it arrives) as a glass porch, gazebo, conservatory can indeed heat up very quickly.

This week I couldn’t help getting my broom out to help out during torrential rain and flooding. I made myself extremely ill as sadly my arthritis and digestive disorders are not good at all. Still, one feels so helpless, and I am glad I was able to do something, rather than nothing! Be mindful of any old folk that live nearby, they would without doubt appreciate a friendly face checking on their well-being. If you do feel helpless during a flood and you feel it is safe to do so, just use a broom to keep drains clear, they soon block up with leaves, sometimes in seconds. It is a continuous job during a flood. Be cautious on the water quality too, it is in some instances likely to contain sewage and other unwanted ‘stuff,’ and as one Policeman (Phil) in my all time favourite Police show ever, used to say, “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”  ABOVE AND BEYOND everything though please stay safe. Here is my village this week with a final one from me just before I collapsed.

This one is taken from the bridge looking towards Bridgwater. It is rarely clean and clear but seldom this Red-brown mix. Levels are high too.

Well, clearly anyone who knows me will recognise my cheesy grin. Hidden though is the fear from millions of gallons of flood water roaring in the background. I just thought I would include a ‘non-action’ man ( I wish) image as it happened.

12 thoughts on “This RAIN!

  1. Eric D

    Sound advice Mike. I hirple to the end of my street (we have very similar problems) and look down on the flooded river, and it’s happened at least a dozen times this year.
    I watched a series of videos from Peter Snart recently. He was addressing members of NIBS, and he reminded us that all this rain means that as well as there having been little top growth, roots are also weak – so extra care required this Winter !
    His ‘Winter Care’ videos are all on YouTube, compliments of ‘Bonsai Eejit, and are worth watching.

    1. Mike Jones

      I must agree Eric. Indeed your two recommendations re, Peter Snart and Ian, (aka Bonsai Eejit) are shameless plugs, of which I am delighted to include links for 🙂


      Bonsai Eejit

      Take care friend and stay safe!


    2. Gary T (Tree Assassin)


      ‘Hirple’ – I love that word! Alas, I am no longer able to hirple; I trundle in my trusty chariot! But a brilliant word to remember when told ‘nothing rhymes with purple’! 🙂

      Thanks for the links & info.

      Best Regards


  2. Gary T (Tree Assassin)

    Mike, I hope things calm down and dry out for you all soon.

    Try not to over do it and wreck yourself; it’s not possible to save the world single-handedly (American movies being the exception to this rule!). Easier said than done when there’s potential flooding to be fended off though.

    Wishing you all the best and keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    Best Regards


    1. Mike Jones

      Thank you Gary; really makes you feel all warm and humbled when someone actually takes the time to type a reply. I often wonder if anyone reads my general drivel within the blog content side.

      I’m still pretty much out for the count so if we get the deluge today from mid afternoon to early hours that the Met office suggests there is little to be done other than hope.

      Thank you again.


    2. Eric D

      Evening Mike/Gary,
      I watch very little TV, but I DO read dozens of blogs and websites (not all bonsai-related), and there are hundreds of excellent videos on Youtube. It’s how I learn, and I’ll be doing some thread grafting in the Spring thanks to Mike K’s excellent video on the subject.
      So please keep going !
      It’s a great way to spend an hour or three during the long Winter nights.

  3. David.

    Oh dear really sorry to hear you are having a bad time down there. Not been too bad up here very windy and wet but no real damage, although it did blow all the leaves off the Trident Maple before they had a chance to change colour, oh well maybe next year. Haven’t taken any of our trees in yet probably next couple of weeks they will be going into the shed for the deciduous and greenhouse for the evergreens. The oak is just managing to hang on to about three leaves but looking well. Daryl is doing a picture for us and she has just emailed it to us wow she is one talented lady. Keep safe down there and hope it improves for you all. All the best for Christmas and the New Year and look forward to seeing you at the Swindon show in February. David and Sue.

    1. Mike Jones

      Thank you both. I look forward to seeing said picture from Daryl. As you said … she certainly is 🙂

      Oh well, sandbags in place for the next onslaught which is supposed to be about now 😦

      Take care both, and the same good wishes from us to you too.


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