Wednesday 7th December, 2011
The viners return to their winter nesting ground having had their winter overhaul. Two are home whilst the other one is plying its trade in the Med hoping to harvest the Menorcan peas on its way past. Even though it is now feeling very damp each morning, it is still very dry.
Local sources suggest that we have had only 50% of our normal rainfall. Some local becks are not running and reservoirs are struggling to be filled. Looking further east things seem just as desperate. The river Danube is at its lowest level in living memory, with some vessels stranded up river unable to move due to the low volume of water.