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Is this incessant rain getting you down?


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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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'T-shirts' yesterday, and wetsuit with aqualung today. More water expected over the weekend.

I wonder how the water-boards, utility and train companies are coping. No doubt we will be in for another 'unexpected event' broadcast, and how its effecting profit margins?.

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06:15 this morning I was woken to a clap of thunder that shook the house.

It is getting to me lately as I have more veg to plant out, the greenhouse is getting overcrowded. I'm not able to plant out while the ground is water logged. One advantage is that with all this rain I am finding out where the ground floods. Now i'll be able to treat those areas so I can make the most of the garden I have.

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'I really think I've gone passed the 'getting me down' stage into the full-blown despair.'

You only think so...?

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