The constant down-pour that's flooded England, especially the Southern Counties, during the last week of June has not only spoilt may people's summer holidays but also threatened the corn and fruit harvest.
The constant down-pour that's flooded England, especially the Southern Counties, during the last week of June has not only spoilt may people's summer holidays but also threatened the corn and fruit harvest. Ironically this, the wettest June for fifty-five years, has been the best for some years from the farmers' point of view. The crops are swelling out, fields, bushes and trees are ladened with an abundance of fruits. Financially the farmers are in for a good year, if the rain eases up soon. The same water that feeds the crops is now likely to rot them.
So, for the most part, while the majority of people have peered out at the deluge, reciting prayers and threats, the farmers have sat back rubbing their hands. To ordinary city people the farming communities are an odd batch of characters. When it rains they're delighted, as long as it doesn't rain too long, and if the sun shines for more than three or four days at one go they wail that there's a drought and all is lost.
But now, after at least seven days of rain, the farmer is hoping for fine weather. According to one farmer, Mr. Arthur Kent of Chippenham, Cambridgeshire, there's a little rhyme about a wet June.
It looks as if Mr. Kent's rhyme might come true, for on Sunday, June 29th., the rain stopped as suddenly as it started. The sun blazed down and sent the thermometers soaring into the seventies in some parts, and the ceiling of cloud that's carried the rain has broken up, and the brilliant blue sky, that one usually associates with June, is smiling down on the land.