Short back and sides

      It is five thirty in the morning and the sound of clanking and banging rouses you from your sleep. A swift but bleary check through the bedroom blind reveals the Inland Drainage Board preparing to start on the task of clearing the dykes of vegetation and obstructions so that the flow of water isn't impeded. It's top and tail time again.
      This little dyke flows into another dyke, that joins yet another dyke, and finally the water runs into the Middle Level Main Drain. The dyke may be small but it is an important part of the system and it will begin to fill up with the heavy rain that will surely come.
      The reed warblers and ducks have vacated the reed beds and departed after their family business has been concluded and the preparation for the winter rains is under way.