Yes, it’s been wet up here again. The road to Ashburton has been impassable on at least two occasions, though thankfully always when I have been on the home side of it and haven’t had to go out again.
I’m starting to use the flood tidemark of leaves at Deeper Marsh (aka Spitchwick) as a guide to how heavy the rain has been. This is partly because it is too windy to walk the dog most other places, unless you’re keen on the idea of a large tree branch on the head. I tried walking Dr Blackall’s Drive in a really strong wind once. I was doing fine until I turned the corner going up into the gorge, then the full force of the wind hit me. No matter how hard I walked forwards I wasn’t actually going anywhere.
Anyway, here is the tidemark for Friday morning and then the tide marks for today, after a very wild night.