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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 Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. 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’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  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.

      • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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