The wet weather dominated when I wrote in November but no-one I think anticipated the storms that would engulf Cumbria at the beginning of December. It was so sad to see the floods happening all over again and this time on a wider scale. However on a local level here it is incredible to see how quickly Cockermouth Main Street is recovering, most of the shops were up and running and people smiling again within a few days.

If you want to see some photographs of how the floods affected the local area my neighbour, Roger Hiley, has put some excellent footage on his website

Thank you to everyone who has been in contact over the past couple of weeks, I do appreciate your care and concern. Cumbria is going to need a lot of help to recover so please come and visit and spend locally. The Cumbria Community Foundation has set up a Flood Recovery Appeal: if you wish to make a donation you can do so via their website

During the year I have put up a lot of photos taken by the seat in front of Foulsyke, here is one taken on a very frosty morning last week.


Wishing you all a Happy Christmas