South east England is in the grip of a “Severe Weather
Warning”. which is Met
office speak for it could rain really really hard and there may
be floods and if there are don't come running to us as we learnt
our lesson back in '87 about not warning of high winds so if
there is even a hint that things might be bad we going to tell you.
Anyway today's Severe Weather Warning was due to exceptionally
heavy rain which could cause localized flooding. Odd I recall
flooding this time last year. So I decided that if I could do my
10 O'clock on the phone I would work from home and not risk another
This all went well, my 10 O'clock got moved to 2 O'clock by one of
the others and so I set about todays tasks from my nice dry office.
came, it was very hard, the road flooded but I was dry.
Then at 12:30 the phone rang. It was my daughter asking if I could
pick her up from school as “they have closed Kingston due to
flooding and all the busses are cancelled”. I pointed out that
the only way I would therefore be collecting her was by bike and she
said she knew that, that was why she was calling me. I would have to
be an idiot to drive, did I not know Kingston was closed?
So now I had been put in my place I hopped on the triplet for a
ride through the flooded streets to Kingston. It was the usual kind
of thing. The roads were grid locked, more drivers pulled over to let
me past then pulled over to try and stop me passing (I just can't
believe people do that, however I felt a deep sense of satisfaction
as we rode home and past the same car that had tried to block me
going into Kingston still in the same queue of traffic).
Kingston was indeed closed but on a bike as usual there was a way
through so I collected my daughter went back through Kingston again
and headed home past the queues of traffic and by now a steady stream
of people walking.
Then as we crossed Hampton Court bridge, in the outside lane to
turn right, the steering went very heavy and we had a puncture. That
is the third on the triplet and means I need to get new tires.
Thanks to this I only just got home for my 2 O'clock.