Now it's January fill-dyke

      Normally it's called 'February fill-dyke' but this year the dyke filling heavy rains have arrived early leaving a truly sodden landscape with standing water in the fields and farm droves with the landscape looking miserable under grey and drizzle filled skies. Drizzle filled when it isn't pouring down of course.
      This quarter mile stretch of dyke usually has a couple of feet of water in the bottom but at the moment there is at least nine feet of drained rain water standing. I am sure that before very long the farmer will be asking for some help to drain the water further into the system by removing some planks from the dam that is about a mile further on and nearer the main drain. When the dyke is as full as this the land drains are emerging six feet under the water, the water backs-up, and the field doesn't drain until the level goes down.
      Sadly this means donning chest waders and getting into the dyke to draw the top two planks and then on the following day removing another two planks until the level falls.
      That'll be something to look forward too.