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Is this incessant rain getting you down?


TopCat®
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Well it is me, and I'm sure many others as well, up and down the country.

It seems like forever when here in 'sunny' Cornwall we managed a complete summer's day and it's starting to get depressing. But then my woes are but nothing compared to the poor souls who suffered the atrocious flooding recently. I hope the flood waters never ever reach them again.

Whilst on the subject of excess water, can anyone tell me why the raised rain gutter on car roofs was designed out of their construction? My old Honda, I noted at the time of purchase in 1991, was built about the time that all cars were losing their guttering and opening the car door for access in pouring rain was a new, very wet experience if one didn't move rather quickly!

My poor wife came back this morning and, together with the car door's interior got a right old soaking before I could get to her in time. The car does indeed have slightly recessed rain channels but are next to useless if it is driven with the window slightly open. Braking or changing direction usually sends a shower of roof water cascading over and inside the glass. (yes I know, just change the car I hear you say! :o) Not quite yet I'm afraid.

I'm not sure if this is the case, but I'm sure a recently made American film had cars with gutters, so why not us? I had heard some time ago that their removal was because of better aerodynamics and to cut down on wind noise.

Well. that's got that off my chest, so now I patiently await any responses from our learned members. TC. :)

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Quickbeam

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'Not in the slightest!'

I wouldn't expect lousy weather to bother a Welshman living in Scotland in the slightest!

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Bingalau

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Up there this is known as Scotch Mist. Also I bet chub-tor just gets reminded of home on Dartmoor. I lived near Yelverton on Dartmoor for a few years and it was like this most of the time. Still a lovely area to live though.

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First we moan about a drought because we face a hosepipe ban. Then we moan because it rains and solves the drought problem.

Soon we'll be moaning because a heatwave is baking our lawns, or because the heat has buckled a railway line.

Then we'll be able to look forward to autumn, and a good moan about the fact that we had no summer this year.

Followed shortly by more moaning about something else.

Everything in my garden is currently growing like never before. I have the most luxuriant bamboo growth, roses that don't seem to know when they have enough in the way of flowers, and my grass is as green as that on the other side of the fence.

My glass is half full...of rainwater. No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

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Macscouse

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What rain? LHO and I went for a 120 mile spin today,leaving Nairn at 11am. We passed through Inverness heading south to Dores at the head of Loch Ness,and drove down the south side of the loch to meet the Fort Augustus road. We went over a 8 mile pass from Farr to Tomatin on a road that was no more than 9 feet wide, with steep drops, which took us 1500ft up. Down to the Boat of Garten just in time to see the steam train, and then to Grantown on Spey, and back to Nairn for 4 pm. One or two spots of rain on the journey was all we met and the burns were all low. A wonderful drive, with very few tourists daring to try those roads. Route maps available on demand!!

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Macscouse

That does sound like a wonderful trip. You were lucky - Wales and Northern Ireland have just had their wettest June on record, England experienced the second wettest June since records began, and even in Scotland - where the far north west was remarkably dry - it was the eighth wettest June on record.

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TopCat®

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Just check back on what I wrote, FE, and you'll see a couple of smiling emoticons included. No serious moan was ever intended; just a true account of the continuous bad weather which, we're told, will be with us for several days yet. My garden also has phenominal growth this year and I've had to drain down several thousand gallons of water from the fishpond. Never had to do that in over ten years of residence here.

In the words of the British/French policeman in 'Allo, Allo' "Good Moanin" to all. TC. :o)

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Forum Editor

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I wasn't referring specifically to you with my 'moan' remarks TC - we all tend to whinge about the weather,and sometimes my attempts at humour misfire.

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TopCat®

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Thank you for the explanation - just thought maybe you'd had a bad day or something. Off to the sack now - goodnight all.TC.

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Chegs ®™

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For years I've referred to this area as Wet Cumbria,deliberately leaving out the S as it usually has the opposite of the rest of the country weatherwise,eg: you lot are melting in a heatwave & I'm sheltering from the rain only this summer it would seem our rainfall has enveloped the whole country.We did manage a whole week of sunshine but that seems so long ago(few weeks)that it might as well've been last year.It is really depressing me too,as I don't venture out very often & then only to clear my head and being unable to (I don't possess a waterproof garment,though thought I did with my motorcycle jacket which I found out leaks like a bloody sieve) I'm suffering more headaches than I've got pills to lift.Wish winter would hurry up and arrive as that's when it's driest(weirdly)My partner's fed-up too,the garden needs mowed and as soon as she unlocks the shed,the rain returns.I'll get some fun in a couple of weeks though,watching them try to fill the wall cavities with insulation in the pouring rain.

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"I'm suffering more headaches than I've got pills to lift."

I'm no doctor,Chegs ®™, but maybe you should see yours?

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