Together with the rest of Cumbria, and most of the country, we too have been enjoying the unusually long run of dry weather. We are all familiar with the uncertainties of English weather meaning we have got used to a summer not being what it should be for some time now !!

For us here at the Village this current spell, only interrupted by a few days of cloud and even less of rain also, began back in April…..demand for extra garden furniture and bbqs has never been as high. The River Leven that normally flows past here at a great speed and decent height, yes worrying at times, has slowed to a trickle at times.

Due to the length of this hot, dry spell, this pattern has been repeated in rivers and lakes across the county. The “News” part of the piece is that United Utilities are now requesting drought permits and orders on three of the Lakes here, a week before a hosepipe ban kicks in.

For many who own or visit here this may seem rather bizarre for the wettest county in the country, having suffered two devastating floods in recent years it is rather hard to comprehend. Let us hope that any forthcoming rain provides sufficient for the farmers and wildlife, yet not enough in the coming months that will see us glued to river levels.