Oh 'tis raining here. And away up in the mountains the avalanches are happening. Put the two together ........and we are in flood time.
Oh yesssss!!!!! The lakes are back, ...... the geese have the time of their lives, the sheep are moaning about being either stuck in their paddock or across the lane on the side field which is very low on grass and 'why do we have to keep eating hay?' they loudly complain, while the cows stand calm but bored in the barn, but the pigs remain unaffected in that all that has happened for them is that their pens are now a muddy swamp instead of the normal mud bath.
We try not to let our nerves get stretched. We try not to keep watching the water levels. We really do try not to keep measuring the distance the water is away from the house. So we went out today and bought two interior oak doors for the house. Seemed like the best thing to do was to get away from it all for a few hours. Seemed to work. It is raining again at the moment. It is late evening. We shall sleep, but with an awareness that the nearby river is having a struggle to get all the water away.
But the backdoor is proving such a boon to keeping the wet away from the house, and for that we are pleased. Lester can look after the cows without getting soaked, and I can get the dogs in and out of the house without them dragging muddiness all over the floors. And there are no flies or mosquitoes to bite us to pieces, we are not being baked senseless by a ruthlessly hot sun, neither is the wind howling a gale and threatening to blow the roof off, so all in all, it is good that we all we have at the moment is a drop of rain! There is always a silver lining if one searches hard enough for it!
As for us, Lester is busy looking after the animals and getting continually soaked while doing so, and I have been doing a lot of work on the Labartere website. Apart from that, all is well, and we do not mind the rain, well, not much, and keeping that thought firmly fixed in my mind to deaden the thought that tomorrow we might be paddling out of the courtyard gates because the water has kept rising, I go off to join Lester in bed.