Sunday, January 25, 2009

Stormy Stormy Night...

or Saturday, I should say. The southwest of France has been battered with the worst storm since December 1999, with winds reaching up to 184km(114miles)/hour, torrential rain, flying debris, and falling trees. Going outside hasn't really been an attractive option the last couple of days.

It's a wonder sometimes how these old stone houses and buildings stay standing after all these years and storms. Apparently there have been a few deaths from collapsing stone walls, and a man was lightly wounded after a chunk of the facade of the Mairie in Narbonne fell onto his car.

I lay awake Friday night and listened as our roof tiles moved a millimeter every time the strong winds rattled the house. That means the possibility of new leaks. That also means the Duke, who isn't enamored of heights, will have to go up there soon to check out the damage. He's really looking forward to that.

But I suppose we should count ourselves lucky. The Hérault, our department, escaped the brunt of it, and we weren't one of the over 40.000 homes that lost their telephone lines or electricity. We also luckily weren't traveling, as most of the airports were closed, trains were canceled, and many roads were blocked by fallen trees.

Instead, we just battened down the hatches on Saturday. Which in a non-submarine scenario meant that we stayed inside, played games and puzzles with the little ladies while a boeuf bourguignon slowly cooked in the oven. Gave me a good excuse for not doing any of the work in the garden I needed to do.

But in true Languedoc fashion, it's lovely and sunny this morning, without a cloud in the sky. Guess I'll have to do that work in the garden after all.

7 comments:

softinthehead said...

Glad you came through it intact. No complaining about being able to work in your garden in January please ! :) Very very envious right now

Emily said...

Seems like your guardian angel was working overtime.... with storm like that, good to know all's fine in the end.

Dedene said...

Glad you avoided the worst of it. I still shudder from the 1999 storm. Hope everyone down in the southwest is holding on.

carol b said...

I remember driving down to you one time and seeing all the treesa across a big swathe of countryside shredded and battered after a storm had been through. The power of nature eh?
ps loved your coffee post.

A Work In Progress.. said...

Glad to hear you are okay, and hope the roof turns out okay too!

Riana Lagarde said...

glad that you guys are okay and didnt have any damage. i found a rope in the gararge and told Dh i'll tie it to one of the beams while he goes on the roof to fix the tiles. yikes! ... puzzles and games sounds divine!

Magic27 said...

Glad you survived the storm - even here in Montpellier it was blowing up some gale on Saturday...

And yes, forgive me for being so slack, but yes, your book arrived last week and it's great! Some of it had me laughing out loud! I'm going to send it to my Dad as a late Christmas present (yes, very late, I know). Thank you so much for sending it!

Keep the hatches battened (unless the sun shines - ghastly rain here all day till about 20 minutes before sunset, when the sun came out), and enjoy the boeuf bourguignon, sounds yummy!