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Somerset Levels

His boots were still damp in the morning when James Cullock forced his feet into them and let the dogs into the yard.

The concrete was damp from rain but that wasn’t the water creeping across what was left of his pasture. He shook his head and retreated to the kitchen where the kettle boiled his wife clattered about with mugs.

Greg would be there in a few hours with the trailer, reading to head north to a friend of a friend three counties up, willing to give them his spare fodder. God knows what James would do for feed when that was gone but it would keep what was left of his livestock fed for now.


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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. I’m so disappointed because i don’t understand all what you write ans i’m sure it’s very pleasant and interesting… Argh ! I keep on

  2. I Googled Somerset Levels since I hadn’t heard of them, although I have heard of Glastonbury Tor, which is there. Sounds as though they flood relatively often, at least compared to other spots. But the flooding looks horrific and widespread! Poor farmers!


    • It’s been especially bad this year, they do flood quite often but not normally to the rate it has been this year. There has been quite a few Midlands farmers who have started transporting fodder down to the levels since the grass beneath the water levels will now be ruined and it will be a good while before ground can be ready for use.

  3. Yes, it will be a long time before things return to normal on the Someret Levels. Nice reminder.

      • We’re in Cambridgeshire and have been pretty much spared the widespread havoc of the last few weeks. The Nene is well up, but there’s a significant flood plain (not built upon) which is absorbing the first effects.

        • That’s good, I’m just outside of Shropshire so I’ve seen some of the flooding in Shrewsbury but there are some pretty good flood defenses now in place around here.

  4. Nice topical take on the prompt – many farmers in a bad way in England at the moment, and not much chance of getting back to normal any time soon.

    • Unfortunately not, but it is impressive to see how the agricultural community is pulling together to help out those who need it.

  5. Well-written, timely story. I’m glad to hear they’re getting help from others. Sounds like it’ll take quite a while for things to return to normal.

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