Dreaming of a wet Christmas?

Daglan lies in the Région of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, and as you may know (from your Latin studies) the word aquitaine comes from the same root word as water. That’s because the Romans (sometimes known as The First GDA Residents) found so many lakes and rivers around these parts.

And speaking of the GDA, you might think that the following photo shows an attractive small lake, or perhaps a large pond, near us.  But you would be wrong. Have a look:

A tranquil body of water near Daglan.

That photo was taken yesterday (Saturday) around noon, as I drove home from a session of aquagym. But just two days earlier (Thursday), it had been a field, normally occupied by cows, where two men with chain saws were cleaning up a number of trees they had felled. I see this field often, as it’s only a kilometre or so from our house, and I pass it if I’m heading towards either Gourdon or Cénac.

In the next photo, you can see the logs the men were piling up at the side of the road that leads to the hamlet of Bouzic:

Logs from the field, now a lake.

Everywhere I drove yesterday, there were these temporary lakes and ponds, as streams and rivers overflowed their banks. We’ve had rain after rain after rain, and with the earth so soaked, there is nowhere for the water to go — except up and over the banks.

Today, fortunately, was sunny and dry, so maybe our Christmas will be bright. Then again, there’s a good chance it will be wet.

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5 Responses to Dreaming of a wet Christmas?

  1. Karen says:

    Wishing you a bright and sunny holiday!

  2. Marla says:

    What a sight! It’s been day after day of the same here in Raincouver. Hopefully it doesn’t put a damper on your holidays, Loren.

    • Loren Chudy says:

      Thanks Marla. No damper here, in terms of holidays. By the way, I’m sure you’ve heard this before (about Raincouver); “How can you tell the weather in Vancouver? Simple — you just put a rock in your back yard, where you can see it from your kitchen window. If the rock is wet, then it’s raining. If the rock is dry, then it’s going to rain!” All the best for Christmas and the New Year. Happy blogging in 2020!

      • Marla says:

        Haha that’s great – and very accurate!
        Best wishes to you and your wife over the holidays. I look forward to reading more from you next year!

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