It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The UK is in Drought

A substantial part of the UK is now suffering drought conditions, resulting in bans on using garden hoses etc.  However, a fair proportion of the UK is suffering huge rainfall and flooding.  The UK has just experienced its wettest April since record keeping began.  This photo is my favourite "drought photo" so far.  These swans are swimming along flooded a walkway (yes, walkway) in Worcester, which is one the areas under drought restrictions ...

I'm also mad for this tshirt from Balcony Shirts.  I imagine it could be worn whilst rowing your dinghy down the main street on your way to the shops ...

I know that drought is serious - hey, I'm from Australia, where we have real droughts - but I think the UK needs to look a wee bit harder at its water management strategies.  It's not a big country, they get lots of rain, they just need to make sure it's diverted to the right areas.  Apparently the rain they're getting at the moment "isn't the right kind of rain" to alleviate the drought conditions.  Really.  Ducks are swimming into the pubs.  It's the right kind of rain.

Oh, and here's a link to the UK Environment Agency, just so you can check on drought/flood threats to your area -

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