Thursday, August 03, 2006

Soaking Wet!

A short while ago I visited Plymouth (UK) which is a cityI lived in for some time. I have many happy memories of living there so I always enjoy going back. A kind of calm envelopes me so it is somewhere I really feel relaxed. Plymouth is a very handy city for getting out and about and exploring. On the one side is the sea, on the other side of the Tamar river is Cornwall and to the north of the city is Dartmoor. When I lived in Plymouth I was always spoilt for somewhere lovely to go, even if it was walking down to the Barbican quayside and up onto the Hoe to watch the fishing boats, or driving into Cornwall. I especially liked to go walking on Dartmoor though. The photographs here are of a place called Burrator Reservoir which is in Dartmoor and supplies the water for Plymouth.

The first photograph was taken just before a storm. On this particular visit myself and a friend had decided to walk around the reservoir which takes about 4 hours. It was a lovely sunny day as you can see from the photograph below. This one was taken from on top of the dam and you can see the reservoir shore stretching into the distance and away to the right with a Tor on the horizon. The last photo is of the dam itself.


Anyway, we started to walk but within an hour we heard the distant rumble of thunder. The shore of the reservoir is mostly lined with dense woodland so we thought we would be sheltered from any showers. Wrong! Shortly after the first photograph was taken (note the mean and moody sky) all hell broke loose weather-wise. There was very loud thunder, lighting and torrential rain. I'm not talking about the stuff that makes you wet, but the stuff that trys to drown you while you're standing up.

The trees provided shelter for a short time but then the water made it's way through the canopy and we were soaked! This deluge lasted for nearly 30 minutes before easing off and by this time I was soaked to the skin. We decided to head back and the sun came out and we began to gently steam. I was remarking to my friend that at least our feet were dry as we had proper walking boots on when I disappeared into a puddle up to my thighs! Just to add insult to injury! Now I was squelching too as I walked. Anyway, we had dry clothes in the car so we changed (yes, even underwear) which involved incredible contortionism in such a confined space. At the time I was less than impressed but I can laugh at it now. We fully intend to go back and complete our walk some time and this time we wil try and stay dry!



7 comments:

Zeus said...

The photos of the resevoir look a lot like Western Pennsylvania here in the states according to my human pet. As for the rain, we know about those drowning storms here in Houston, Texas: Chill you to the bone, make you sick, and attempt to flood the area in less than five minutes. It's the worst kind of rain imaginable!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Another beautiful place with a terrific story to go with it...That rain sounded almost scary..! I love you both changing your clothes in the car! Funny now, as you said.

BTW: I too use post-its as book,arks! (lol)

Manuel Tendero Gil said...

estupendas estas fotos ultimas un saludo

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I hope you feel better very very soon, too! Sorry to hear you've been "under the knife" as they say....What a terrible phrase....Forgive me for even thinking it let alone writing it!
Seriously, I hope you recoop very very soon.

Samantha said...

I love visiting you :) I always start daydreaming about being at the places in your pictures LOL
Thanks for stopping by my place and commenting on my new look, God help us if you ask me how I did it, because I couldnt have without Kailani's help, and by george, it took me ALL NIGHT LOL

mar said...

Wonderful place! the rain could have waited a little... how clever to have had dry clothes in the car!! Do you do that in the UK often? (never mind, just kidding)
And thanks for your valuable help regarding that terminology :)

'B' said...

Lovely photos... Especially the last one of the dam wall...