The Magic Of Worm Charming.

Hey,

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Well, after a yesterday of deluge, the sun is now shining benignly down upon a world of puddles.

Everything is newly washed down and pretty, all of the normal dust and detritus is gone and the streets are newly minted.

Lovely!

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It was quite exciting on the drive to the hospital yesterday because of the torrential rain.

There were huge pools of water on all of the roads because the past harsh winter has left potholes in all of the Uk roads which are now 45% worse than they were last year.

This has coincided with harsh cuts which have been made in road repairs budgets over the past year so god knows when and if repairs will be carried out now.

I did read that there are a few councils in Wales which have had extra monies for road repairs and they actually have pothole squads on call to rush out and deal with them more or less immediately.

Their roads are therefore more or less perfect. Lucky things.

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So our journey got quite thrilling when passing cars went through huge pools of water and such a wave was thrown up that for a few seconds you could not see anything even though the windscreen wipers were already working well.

A bit like Alton Towers….but for free!

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When we got back home after the bone density checks we parked and made our splashy way back to the house, only to see lots of poor worms floating about in the water in the gutters, so we picked them out and put them safely onto the grass in peoples’ gardens.

It’s funny how quickly they all come out in the rain.

I think that when you see a bird apparently dancing on the grass it is simulating the patter of rain. As worms will drown in their flooded burrows when it rains heavily, they will rise up to the surface and the rhythmic dancing fools the worms into popping out their heads so that the waiting bird can seize them and pull them out for dinner.

Amazing behaviour that totally works.

It is amazingly like Irish dancing, sort of a Wormdance as opposed to Riverdance

Here is Wormdance.

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And here is Riverdance.

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Isn’t that amazing, so who copied who?
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I wonder, do you think that the American Indians could have developed their Rain Dance from watching the action of birds!!!!!!!!!!
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“What a stunning insight” do I hear you say?
Well you are totally correct!!!!!!!
I am excelling myself today.
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Now I am really going to astonish you by telling you that here in the UK we actually have Worm Charming Competitions where hundreds of competitors try to call up the most worms in a set period of time.
You cannot say we waste our time in pointless pursuits her can you!
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Worm Grunting Method Of Charming Worms.
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Blackawton Worm Charming Competition.

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There, I think you are probably quite awed and stimulated by now so I will leave you to make yourself a fine cup of Chamomile tea and go for a lie down.
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Lots of love,
jx
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