Scrapbook ~ Wildlife walks throughout the year
Sunday 9th February 2014
It still hasn't stopped
raining! The Thames is at its highest level ever, Somerset is underwater,
Cornwall is rapidly being destroyed and the only places in Sussex not flooded or
covered in thick mud are the hills.
Unbelievably Lewes has not flooded yet, so we took the train past acres of new
lakes down to our favourite town for a bit of a stroll in what was likely to be
awful weather. It turned out that we managed to successfully skirt our way
around the showers and were able to watch them coming down on other people for a
change. The wind was terrible though and bitterly cold. Some people were up
there without hats and gloves and they looked pretty miserable. We were properly
togged up and we still got cold every time we stopped plodding.
Strangely we found a gingerbread house left on the bench halfway up to the golf
No we didn't eat it, although we were very tempted especially as, most unusually
for us, we didn't bring any cake.
This is the spot where the great 'snowdrop' of 27th December 1836
happened. The deadliest avalanche on record in the United Kingdom
A small shower as we gained the summit gave rise to a faint
primary rainbow with the
Alexander's Dark Band just showing but no
The drops of rain on the steep slope also showed a faint
Heilegenshein around our shadows.
A very pretty looking bunch of cumulus congestus out by themselves.
cumulonimbus capillatus just missed us but gave a great show of rainfall and
even a single strike of lightning.
From Malling Hill looking out towards the
River Ouse - which is much wider than usual!
The nimbostratus forming above chased us off the hill with a flurry of hail and
rain, back into sunny Lewes town.
Take the time to read
countryside code for yourself and please stick to it at all times.