Well we have had a month of extreme weather as no doubt you will have seen on the news. Luckily we survived the floods with no damage - that is the advantage of living on a hill - but many of our neighbours and friends have not been so lucky. The main impact here has been the many road closures in the area. Our main road into Penrith on the A6 has been closed due to bridge damage, and the routes around Ullswater have been closed and the local village is now called Pooley No Bridge - as their bridge has completely broken up.

The following weekend we were hit with snow storms that dropped 6 inches of snow - at least this covered up the puddles for a while and sledging was in full swing. The access to the farm was not good for a couple of days.

Despite this our haulage company from Palletforce has managed to collect the pallets of compost going out to customers though they may have been a little delayed.

More rain is forecast this weekend - but we are hopeful for a "white Chrismas". The fells and mountains are still beautiful and Cumbria remains "open for business" as usual.


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