After an amazingly hot and dry April (usually a cold and wet month here in England) we seem to be having a whole month's worth of rainfall in just a few days now it's early May. The newly-installed waterbutt is full to overflowing and the poor old chickens need wellies, their pen is so full of mud.
On the one hand the wet weather is much-needed. If the April conditions had continued we would have been facing a drought. But on the other hand the timing is poor. A nice wet April dampens the earth ready for sowing and planting crops in warmer, dryer May. But a dry April followed by a very wet May means we have to wait for dryer weather to get crops in the ground, losing valuable growing time and increasing the risk of seedlings dying indoors.