The overnight market is mostly lower, with corn leading the way after the USDA last night upped their good/excellent crop ratings by one point to 70%. The market had been expecting a 1-2 point decline.

The dollar is firmer, adding further pressure.

Canadian canoeing in the rain on Derwent Water is not an entirely unpleasant experience, although getting the thing to go where you want it to go is a wee bit tricky.

Under these circumstances the two girls in the boat decided that it was probably better to let Nogger take control and paddle them around whilst they relaxed and took in the view.

Today it's down a mine. Not sure if it will be raining down there, but strongly suspect that it will. Tomorrow it's "I think you're gonna need a bigger horse love" as we go trekking in the rain.


Interesting to note that Thirlmere, just down the road from here, still looks several feet below normal despite all this rain.

Gotta go, the smell of bacon is wafting up the stairs...