cloudy-skies-1It rained. At last.

puddleActually, it rained a few weeks ago, a nice, long soak that allayed the fears of many who saw ground hardened like concrete by drought, which, in the past, has led to flash floods when rain falls at last but too fast.

cloudy-skies-2But then more weeks passed without a drop. The garden sagged. Finally, when the wine harvest was done, it rained again. A nice, long soak.

wet-leavesDon’t you love the smell of rain? The smell before it even starts? The smell during? I was in the house with most of the windows shut, but I got a whiff and knew it had begun.

drop-on-palmI had to go out and walk amid the drops. It was primeval. We need rain.

dry-grass
Our back yard, before the rain. At least we don’t have to mow.

We even had thunder and lightning for drama! Just so we could feel like we had a REAL thunderstorm and not some namby-pamby “shower.”

from-roofEven so, the sun came out. That’s how thing roll here. When we lived in Belgium, the sun would be shining bright but you still needed to take an umbrella because it was likely to rain at some point during the day. Here, even when the rain is dashing down, sometimes you need sunglasses because part of the sky will be clear. I’ve driven with the windshield wipers going full tilt AND with sunglasses on against glaring sunshine at the same time.

see-rain-afar
I love seeing it come down in the distance. 

see-rain-afar-zoomSurprisingly I didn’t see a rainbow, despite the combination of rain and sun. I guess it wasn’t the right angle.

white-cloudsNo pot of gold. But afterward, there were diamonds everywhere.

rain-drops-on-genet

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13 thoughts on “Big Drink

  1. Ah, the smell of rain. We had a brief shower here in the SF Bay Area (CA) last week and the smell was intoxicating. The next day the air was so clean. Thanks for the lovely photos & I’m looking forward to seeing future posts featuring your apartments. I haven’t been to Carcassonne but my daughter has and tells me it’s beautiful and fascinating. Definitely on my list of cities in France to visit.

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  2. What a great photo of fallen leaves. I noticed when visiting my mobile home in Vendée two weeks ago, how brown the lawn was compared to July when I was last there. No doubt it will recover over winter.

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