It’s gray and rainy as I write this — quelle surprise! Actually, it’s been pretty much gray and rainy since 2016 began, and all the water is having an impact on the Greater Daglan Area. Yesterday we got it with a vegeance.
Early in the afternoon, just as my wife Jan and I had finished lunch and were loading the dishwasher, a sudden storm blew through our valley, bringing not only torrential rain but also lightning and hail. Our lights flickered, flickered again, flickered again, and then went out completely — for more than six hours.
As I’m sure you know, six hours without electricity these days is a long time. You wind up thinking things like: “Well, I can at least read my Kindle. But what if its battery runs out? I’ll just have to charge it. Oh, right, I can’t.” We couldn’t even make calls on our mobile phones, as the cell phone towers were out cold as well.
Today I surveyed the damage, because the sun finally came out in the late morning, and so I’m offering a quick photographic tour of our area. First, a look at some destruction in the walnut grove alongside Daglan’s rugby field:
Last year, through the late summer and then the autumn, our rivers and streams were getting lower and lower. The Céou River, a tributary of the mighty Dordogne River, runs through Daglan on its way to Castelnaud, and was bone dry in places. Not any more.
Fields where we normally see cows grazing are now lakes and ponds, as water spills out of the rivers. Here, for instance, is a view of the Céou, taken from the Pont Neuf, the bridge you cross just before entering our village:
For a final look at how our rivers have risen lately, I’ll first show the Céou at a small waterfall near the neighbouring hamlet of Bouzic, as the river heads for Daglan. This photo was taken a few years ago, on a sunny spring day:
And here’s the same spot on the same river, photographed just after noon today:
On the good news front, there’s no snow in sight, and it looks like we’re headed for another very green spring.