Yesterday afternoon we had a squall that eventually made its way here.. I needed some last minute items so made a mad dash out the door to the neighborhood pharmacy and café.
On my way back, the wind picked up and as I was walking on a street lined with white crape myrtle trees at their peak full of blooms, all of a sudden there were white flecks, hundreds of them swirling in the air as in a snow storm in July. It was exquisitely magical. No one else around I felt like Alice in Wonderland if only for a block. I'm hoping for a repeat of the same sometime today. I have three neighbors that are out of town for the month or at least half of it and I am taking care of their animals, plants, gardens, mail etc. so the easier my life can be with some extra water the better.
the wind picked up and as I was walking on a street lined with white crape myrtle trees at their peak full of blooms, all of a sudden there were white flecks, hundreds of them swirling in the air as in a snow storm in July. It was exquisitely magical. No one else around I felt like Alice in Wonderland if only for a block.
Best thing I've read all day! I don't think I've ever seen a mass planting of white crape myrtles, probably because they seem less robust than the watermelon-colored ones. That just sounds so lovely.
We are having what sure seems like a normal rainy season this year, thank goodness.
Naturally, I thought of you Bixa when it was happening and again while writing about it. I never knew until recently that the white ones have a faint fragrance to them but, only at a certain stage when they're in bloom.
Yet another repetitive rain post: it's coming down so hard that I've had to close all the windows regardless of which way they're facing. The patio got flooded in just a few minutes, and the porch is soaked. There is thunder & lightning & the electricity is winking in and out.
Oh my Bixa! That looks like you had quite a storm. The photo makes me think of my husband today, he is at work and has had quite a few calls due to a storm we had here, but not as serious as what you had yesterday.
Cloudy morning led to an afternoon storm due to high humidity from the past couple of days. The skies have cleared and the humidity is back, I would say worse than this morning.
I'm glad you were spared any of that Bixa. Yes, what a mess.
We have had 3 days of heavy rain. Intermittent heavy downpours so no street flooding. Likely a shower or two today. It gives me a break with the gardens I am caring for on my block and my own. The frogs and the toads had a love fest last p.m. There are three water features on my block all in a row so, they had their choice of places to party. Also, keeps the temperatures down but, not the mosquitoes.
Mich, your lake swimming has me so envious. I would so love to have a cool body of water to swim in.
Tomorrow, back to the heat although, much drier air, so they say.
Windy as heck today! But the cold front has not reached us yet - 26C today which is lovely. Oh yes Bixa, it snows on the Drakensberg mountains every year but some years the snow falls in the foothills too. That means I can drive 10 min up to Hilton Village and see the snow in the distance - or, I can drive another 30 minutes or so and be right in it. Building snowmen and having snow fights! It doesn't last long and so when it arrives the whole world descends on the little dirt roads in the foothills. Their vehicles slipping and sliding in the mud of the melting snow. I have wonderful photos of us right in the falling snow. What a wonderful experience! Yes, I am going to give posting them here another bash….be patient with me.
It was already getting too hot for me in Bordeaux -- close to 30°. I was happy to return to Paris. It is actually the same temperature in Paris today, but for one day only, and I turned on the air conditioning.