>This time next week …

>… is when I’ll be packing my little car and heading off to the frozen northerer. Only I understand it’s not so frozen at the moment. This is bad as water levels are very low just now, and I believe a hosepipe ban has been imposed in Cockermouth from today.

I’m going to pause while you think about that. Cockermouth looked like this in November 2009. What did they DO with all that water?

Not long after the floods I went for a walk around one of our managed reservoirs at Scout Dyke. Water levels have been at an all time low for months, and the water hadn’t been saved at all. Either someone forgot to put the plug back in, or the water companies actually enjoy being able to charge us for their incompetencies and want to control the amount of water we’re allowed to have/use. They say there are leaks that have to be repaired. Well, try putting the plug in.

Ahem. Oops, that one turned into a bit of a mini rant, didn’t it? Sorry.

So, the Voices book … Devon gave me a slapped behind and made me shake myself up (thank you, love). If there are no photographs, there are no photographs, and there’s not a lot I can do about that other than admit defeat. Even so, I do have lots of words and I am having one last go at finding photographs. If I can get the pictures sorted before my deadline, I can contact the publisher with an actual date that I’ll be able to deliver. It will still be late, but hopefully it will still be. Please send lots of photo-vibes. If I get some “thens” I can do the “nows” myself.

I looked at my pile of market study magazines. I was going to put them all in a plastic box I have and take No Contacts? No Problem! with me. But the stack is so huge it won’t fit in the box. I might go through them and pick 10 – 15 of the most likely looking. I’ll see if I can find contributors’ guidelines online for any and print those off too.

For 11 days I’m going to be a full time freelance writer again – 13 days if you include the time on either side and if I use it wisely. I’m looking forward to that, but it ain’t gonna happen for another week.

11 thoughts on “>This time next week …

  1. twiggypeasticks 9 July 2010 / 9:40 am

    >oooo I hear you. We get record rainfall floods etc every year and STILL run out of water in the Summer, get those blimmin leaks fixed !! Have a great triptwiggy x

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  2. Diane 9 July 2010 / 9:55 am

    >I thought they were joking last week when they said the hosepipe ban may happen. It's unbelievable. And they're going to force us all to have water meters? Pah!

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  3. carolwarham 9 July 2010 / 10:09 am

    >Paul Hudson was saying recently that Yorkshire Water were quite happy with the current water levels and had (at that point) no intention of imposing hose-pipe bans. However here in the valley that rain forgot we have had little more than the occasional wetting of the pavement.I'm off to Centre Parcs (Cumbria) next week with 8 members of the family aged 6 to 87. Wish me luck! You have a great time in the Lake District.

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  4. Devon Ellington 9 July 2010 / 10:16 am

    >They like to charge us for incompetence and play control games with us, because there are no consequences.Glad I could help.Have you looked for any sketches done in the time periods? Some of them might be in the public domain, and historical societies or libraries might have access. Even if some are published, you might be able to get permission without $$$.Enjoy the trip! It sounds lovely.

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  5. Devon Ellington 9 July 2010 / 10:19 am

    >And by the way — the PUBLISHER should be paying the permissions fees, not you. If they aren't willing to pay for the photos, then they should pay for an artist to do some illustrations.

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  6. Diane 9 July 2010 / 10:45 am

    >Carol: Is that Paul-the-weatherman? My rain barrel is empty, but only because I let it run out so I could move it. I've not been able to refill it yet, though.You have a nice time at Center Parcs too. We may pass.

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  7. Diane 9 July 2010 / 10:48 am

    >Devon: I never thought of sketches. That would be a nice change from all photographs. Josie has done a bit of research for me too, so hopefully something will come up.Unfortunately, it's written into the contract that the AUTHOR is responsible for any repro fees, and is therefore encouraged to get what s/he can for free. Another reason I need a different publisher for the next one – that and the no-advance policy. I'll still give them first refusal (if I deliver this one), but as the next one will need me to travel, I HAVE to negotiate an advance and if they don't, I won't.

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  8. Ordinary Man 10 July 2010 / 5:52 am

    >When all is said and done the water companies have only their shareholders to answer to, the cost of fixing leaks could affect their dividends, hosepipe bans are far cheaper and may even push the costs up..hey bigger dividends!!!!Severn Trent applied a hosepipe ban in the that hot summer in 2003…Elan Valley was almost full.

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  9. Matron 12 July 2010 / 8:22 am

    >Go on! have a rant – where has all the water gone? and what is the point of a water butt collecting all the rainwater from my roof. When it is full I don't need to water the garden… when it is empty ..I do!

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  10. Diane 12 July 2010 / 10:44 am

    >Nidge: And they get away with it.

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  11. Diane 12 July 2010 / 10:44 am

    >Matron: Hello and welcome, and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I let my rain barrel run out so I could move it. I didn't think it would take so long to start filling it again, though.

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