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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wed 9th March 2016 - Golden Hill Fort, Yarmouth. GG # 625.

Terry's Photographs.

Still smiling - in spite of the weather.

A rather "damp" tea break.

Above and below - Cut & Tuck.

Just one of the many pathways that were cleared.

As the writer of this blog, I am very aware that many of the posts start with a description of the Wednesday morning weather…. well, this week follows that particular format. With weather alerts out for high winds and rain, roads flooded alerts, plus flood warnings for the Eastern Yar river - this week's GG session wasn't going to be the most pleasant! Perhaps GGmers just come from hardy stock (or never look at the weather forecasts?) but around 20 turned up in the Golden Hill car park. The brief from Mark was very simple, just give as many of the pathways as possible a "cut and tuck"(cut anything encroaching on the pathway and then tuck the cuttings neatly away). There must be several miles of interlinking pathways across this site so we were soon spread far and wide, working in small groups. As well as the new growth, several larger jobs were tackled when we came across either rotten or storm damaged branches. Everyone met up at the van for tea break but, unfortunately, the weather suddenly took a turn for the worst with very gusty winds and a abrupt heavy shower - yuck! Fortified by a cup of hot tea and a biscuit (or two!) it was back to the job in hand and by the time the session came to a close, many of the paths were looking much clearer. A sterling effort by those who decided to brave the elements - let's hope that our run on "challenging" weather conditions ends soon!

Just heard on the local TV news that winds in excess of 70 mph were recorded on the Island this morning and the Yarmouth/Lymington ferry was suspended for a while. Picture below shows the rainfall map at 12:45.

Many thanks to Terry for the photographs this week.

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