Well we were doing so well this winter, with mild temperatures, sunny days, it all seemed so idyllic.
Then came last weekend and the R A I N. It has rained and rained and rained once more.
Further south several towns are flooded and the water levels show no sign of subsiding. Our garden is dotted with puddles that do not soak away. The path through the park is so muddy that it's impassable. From time to time the wind blows just the wrong way and we get a drip - I suspect the flashing round the cooker-hood outlet. Once the dryer weather comes I'll have to get someone up there to look at it.
But also there's the problem of the tides, allied to the wind and waves. That's why at Soulac-sur-mer a block of flats called Le Signal that once look rout over 200 metros of sand to the sea beyond has now been evacuated and sealed and is expected to begin to collapse soon. This weekend flooding is forecast in the bastide area of Bordeaux, on the right bank, between us and the Cenon church building. People have been advised to empty their cellars, to move their cars out of underground car parks and to park in higher areas.
Meanwhile it's interesting to see all the different things that get washed down the river. Mostly it's logs and so on, but once Pat saw a dead wild boar bobbing along. However that means that the river buses, the BatCub, can't navigate at the moment.
Roll on Spring, eh ! Still, by mid February we should start to see things warming up.