The forecast for today was to be wet, at least in the afternoon, but as yet, there is no sign of any rain. This has been the pattern this summer. We have had rain forecast many times, only for none to arrive. Even when it has rained, there has been so little of it, it has barely dampened the ground. Normally, we would be complaining about too much rain, but things around these parts seem to be getting rather serious. Nowhere is this more evident than at Straw's Bridge or 'Swan Lake' as it is known locally. Ordinarily this lake has water up to the edges, but right now, there is a good 8ft of 'beach' around the edges.