I'm sure everyone looking at this will have already watched the news on TV and seen the horrendous weather conditions Cumbria experienced last week. It's not very often we make the headlines all over the world, but over the last three or four days we were at the top of almost every news program you care to mention.
By some miracle, the only impact Thursday's downpour had on me was the frustrating hour and a half it took me to drive ten mile. Of course during that time I had no idea how bad things were elsewhere, and it was only when I turned the TV on that I realised the scale of things.
By the time Friday and Saturday came we were more or less cut off in west Cumbria. The local news was telling us that the road was closed heading south, the roads from Cockermouth to Keswick, and Cockermouth to Carlisle were closed, and the route to Ennerdale was also closed; to be honest though, I would have to have been stupid to try and drive anywhere in these conditions if I didn't need to.