What a year 2012 has been for water related incident. We kicked off with hosepipe bans due to the dry winter and finished off with it being the wettest year on record. You may recall the photo on the right from my Facebook feed. It is from Kelmarsh in July, one of several events rained, or should I say flooded off, though none quite as spectacularly as the river that appeared there overnight and ran straight through some people’s tents (fortunately, not ours, though we did have a couple of inches of standing water at one end). On balance, I think an ark might have been more use than a tent this year. Certainly, my rather perished and under-utilised old wellies were not much use at Kelmarsh and I had to buy new ones which did get a lot of use subsequently. I am also now the proud owner of a long waxed coat as my “water-proof” wasn’t very effective and did nothing to keep my legs dry.