Our monarch is having a really busy year. Not only has she celebrated ruling us for sixty years (on the wrong date and in the wrong year) but she’s also enjoying her Official Birthday even as I type.
One of the acts she’s performing today will be (unless she’s already done it, busy little bee that she is) to make her son Charles a Modern Major-General (thanks, G & S) or something, as well as a couple of high-ranking positions in he Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
In practical terms, this must surely mean that Charles will be able to leave his comfortable quarters – wherever he’s lodging at the moment – and get to visit, by land, sea or air, those areas of Wales which were flooded. As our duly elected Prince of Wales, a visit to chat with the folk who’ve had their homes ruined by the floods will make a big difference to their outlook on life.
Indeed – it may encourage them to vote for him again when he next puts up for election.
But Seriously . . .
… these terrible floods have caused trouble for our farming communities in Wales. Even if farmers and their families have not been washed out of their homes, masses of fields are flooded.
And more rain is still falling on already-saturated land.
You will have realised – unless you’re too busy looking the other way at the Queen – that this could mean food prices will rise. I rang a poultry-farmer friend recently, and asked him how he was faring in these “strange weather days”.
“I’m managing . . .” he said after consideration, “but I’m glad I keep ducks!”
We should all be aware of what problems the weather can cause – and prepare ourselves and our homes for emergencies.