Hi everyone.  

Today’s course report ought to be called a weather report, I’m afraid.   

Storm Christoph brought us 61 mm of rain (and a bit of snow) between Tuesday afternoon and late Wednesday.  Add the 35 mm we‘d had the previous week and it amounts to near 100 mm, 4 inches, of rain in less than 10 days.  The attached photo, courtesy of Russ and Karen, was taken on Wednesday evening looking back down the 14th.

Local drains, river courses, fields, have all been overwhelmed, with water lying everywhere.  When Gavin and the team came in at 7 a.m. on Thursday they discovered that the yellow hazard posts marking the 5th bridge, located at least 5 feet above the normal Guy Lane brook level, had been washed away and were found in the pond by the culvert under Guy Lane.  

We’ve been able to compare the historic rainfall readings we get from our gauge at Eaton with the Met. Office data from Hawarden which ‘proves’ that Eaton’s weather is appreciably worse than the official Chester data - approx. 20% more rain, for example.  Chester is said to be in a rain shadow - clearly a very local one.

The stumps from the tree thinning have been ground out.  Gavin has finished servicing the machinery.  As an insight, the new rough mower needs all its bearings replacing (it is worked hard!).  The dealer wanted £1000 for a bearing ‘kit’.  Gavin sourced them separately for £300.  He fits them himself.  

Work plans for next week are heavily dependent on ground conditions, inevitably.  Some of the staff are still running down their 2020 holidays.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Alan Wood

24 January 2021



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