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Bring back the rain!
6/27/2010 8:51:54 PM
Well, a quiet weekend for once at Low Arvie! No dramas, no crises and NO RAIN! We have not seen that particular commodity for almost two months now and things are beginning to get a bit worrying. Galloway is notorious in the UK for its fairly high rainfall. People I meet down in England often ask me 'How do you cope with all that rain?' The reason for this is mainly the weather forecast on national TV which comes from London. There is usually a black cloud with raindrops issuing from it plonked over SW Scotland and my theory is that they do this automatically and don't really either bother to be accurate or care to be. They just think 'Oh Dumfries and Galloway, its sure to be raining there!' Many, many times they are so wrong, but it does put off tourists and visitors from coming here. And that's a two way street too. We could use the income that they would bring, but it keeps our roads from being clogged with traffic.

Anyway back to the weather at the moment. As you will know I was praying for the good weather to last until we got the silage done, and those prayers were answered - its all done and in now and the grass re-fertilised ready to cut again in September. All the fields around the district seem to have been cut and cleared too. So it can rain now. Up here, every conversation begins with discussion about the weather - and I mean every conversation. Its amused me when I first came here. There is no such thing as a short telephone conversation, you have to spend at least the first two minutes praising the good weather or bemoaning the bad before the purpose of the call is even broached and it is discourteous to try and cut this short. Well, now over the past week these 'openers' have changed from praise for the sunshine to desire to see the rain again.

The only trouble is that once it begins to rain, it doesn't seem to know when to stop. What we really need is a climate where it rains in the night and is nice in the day, but no, we either get wall to wall sunshine or wall to wall rain. Just at the moment, though we really do need the rain. All the rivers and burns are very low and farmers will soon have to begin carrying water in bowsers to their animals out in the fields. We are ok as our burn has quite deep pools which will never dry up, but others are not so lucky. July is usually a wet month (both books) and this is the reason we have left the RSS (TLoLA) and now cut the silage in June, so we have hopes that 2010 will be no exception and the rain will come next week.

This farming life is just a roller coaster where we are buffetted about by the elements and spend our time coping with what comes.

Take care,

Lxx


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More Blogs by Linda Watson
• Low Arvie winter returns - Sunday, January 09, 2011
• Low Arvie news - Thursday, December 23, 2010
• Low Arvie woes! - Sunday, December 12, 2010
• Low Arvie winter - Sunday, December 05, 2010
• Low Arvie interview - Monday, November 29, 2010
• Low Arvie on the radio - Saturday, November 27, 2010
• Low Arvie in bookstore - Monday, November 22, 2010
• Low Arvie winter work - Sunday, November 21, 2010
• Low Arvie winter preparations - Saturday, November 13, 2010
• Low Arvie calving report - Saturday, November 06, 2010
• Low Arvie first! - Monday, November 01, 2010
• New Low Arvie website - Wednesday, October 27, 2010
• Low Arvie woes - Sunday, October 17, 2010
• A sad week at Low Arvie - Monday, October 11, 2010
• Low, Arvie, Americans and the Ryder Cup! - Sunday, October 03, 2010
• `Low Arvie update - Wednesday, September 22, 2010
• No swallows at Low Arvie - Monday, September 13, 2010
• New arrivals at Low Arvie - Tuesday, September 07, 2010
• New Low Arvie website - Sunday, September 05, 2010
• Low Arvie silage - Done! - Wednesday, September 01, 2010
• Low Arvie -Smashwords news! - Sunday, August 29, 2010
• Low Arvie -Smashwords news! - Sunday, August 29, 2010
• 'The Ladies' updcate - Friday, August 27, 2010
• The Ladies - Authonomy comments - Saturday, August 21, 2010
• Low Arvie 'boy' racer! - Thursday, August 19, 2010
• Low Arvie and the 'thrill' of free publicity - Wednesday, August 11, 2010
• Back at Low Arvie - Tuesday, August 10, 2010
• Sad time at Low Arvie - Thursday, August 05, 2010
• New Low Arvie blog - Sunday, August 01, 2010
• Low Arvie -emarketing - Wednesday, July 28, 2010
• Low Arvie news - Monday, July 26, 2010
• Low Arvie Video - Friday, July 23, 2010
• Low Arvie Rainmaker! - Monday, July 19, 2010
• Low Arvie feature - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
• Back to Low Arvie - Friday, July 09, 2010
• Poor Tabitha - Tuesday, July 06, 2010
• Happy 4th July! - Saturday, July 03, 2010
• Low Arvie Ladies on the loose! - Thursday, July 01, 2010
• Low Arvie - a new skill? - Monday, June 28, 2010
•  Bring back the rain! - Sunday, June 27, 2010  
• Friday again at Low Arvie! - Thursday, June 24, 2010
• Drama at Low Arvie - Tuesday, June 22, 2010
• Low Arvie news - Tuesday, June 22, 2010
• A new Lady of Low Arvie - Saturday, June 19, 2010
• Low Arvie worries - Thursday, June 17, 2010
• Low Arvie Nature News - Tuesday, June 15, 2010
•  Low Arvie News - Monday, June 14, 2010
• Low Arvie welcomes new arrivals - Thursday, June 10, 2010
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• Little Bo Richard! - Thursday, June 03, 2010
• Botox and Low Arvie update - Tuesday, June 01, 2010
• A wonderful Friday in SW Scotland! - Friday, May 28, 2010
• Summer in Galloway - Monday, May 24, 2010
• Back at Low Arvie - Saturday, May 22, 2010
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• Procrastination - Monday, May 17, 2010
• Good news and bad news - Sunday, May 16, 2010
• Verdict! - Sunday, May 16, 2010
• Life part 2 - Saturday, May 15, 2010
• A new outlet - Thursday, May 13, 2010
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