Chalabre Wall of Weird

This is May and we should really be thinking of all those flowers brought on by April showers. But we didn’t have showers in April, we had glorious sunshine and temperatures in the 80s F (upper 20s C). It was so wonderful that I didn’t listen to the counsel of various neighbors and I planted five tomato plants in Weasel’s Wort, a garden belonging to some friends who are kindly letting us use it while they are in Mordor.

Now, many of my neighbors warned me not to, but about half of those I polled were also planting early. Weren’t we silly? Last Tuesday (May 4th) we had a SNOWSTORM!!! Yes, in the month of May. And, it was so heavy and unexpected, accompanied by high winds, etc., that there were massive power blackouts all over the place. We wound up without power for eight hours, which is a bit of a bummer when your cooking and heating are all dependent on electricity.

An Unusual Sight for Spring

We had closed up our fireplace for the summer the week before and kept thinking, “Well, the power is bound to come back soon,” so we didn’t feel like opening it up again. (We close it off with a kind of door, otherwise wasps are attracted to the cool inside the chimney, then follow the light down into the house; not nice.)

So, there we sat, waiting. Luckily I DID buy a small, gas camping stove after hurricane Klaus in January of 2009, so I was able to make myself the all important instant coffee I needed to keep me alive until power was restored. I was going to try cooking eggs on it, but it’s so hard to do anything in the semi-dark that we decided to stick with eating cold stuff. Once again I wondered if it would be worth it for us to buy a generator, but for now I don’t think so.

The joke is that at around 3:30 the power flickered on, something that is often a sign that all power is about to come back. In this case, that was not true and the power remained off for a further four hours.

It was not only humans who were thrown out of kilter by this unexpected turn of events. The swallows were wheeling around in the sky and screeching. I’m sure they hadn’t the slightest idea of what to do, poor things. Then, when we walked the dogs, we ran across someone’s goose which had escaped into the gardens. Peaches and Shmoo were ready to bring home goose dinner, but we managed to hold them back.

To top things off, the rivers were going wild. I have seen them high before, but the Hers was about as high as it’s been since we moved here; at one point I would say it was about two feet from the top of the bank. Normally, it’s about 20 feet from the river to the bank, so you can see that was impressive.

But wait, there’s more!  On Sunday, before the snow, we came across another bit of weirdness to equal the strange hot air micro climate that we had just before Christmas. We saw our very own, mini CROP CIRCLE!!!

Our mini-crop circle

No real answer to this one as far as I can tell. I can’t see anyone having done it for any reason I can figure out. Was it another little micro-climage glitch? I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure.

At any rate, the weather remained unpleasant for most of the week, although we did have a bit of sun and warmer temperatures for part of Friday and Saturday. Astonishingly, my tomatoes seem to have survived the trauma, and this week is Ascencion, which should mean that we finally get into the real weather of late spring and early summer. Of course, it also means it will be the weekend of the village fair, but that is another post for another day.
Ciao for now.
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7 thoughts on “Chalabre Wall of Weird

  1. Randy
    It is so wonderful to read this, and know we aren’t alone. It is May 9th and it is snowing here! This weather has just gone bonkers. Thanks for the pictures they are beautiful!

  2. Thanks, Stacy. I’m wondering if any of the strange weather has to do with the volcano or not. Most of what I’ve read has said that this one isn’t big enough to cause any major weather changes, but those articles were over a month old.

  3. Well here in Montreal, we had the same heavy snow storm last week, same problems, trees broken, no electricity for hours, my herbs covered with the white stuff. Then it was nice and much warmer but again yesterday, for Mother’s Day in Montreal, snow flakes painted the cold landscape.
    Today its very cold (4) and when I will be playing tennis later in the day, I certainly will wear my warm turtle neck and gym suit.

    • Suzanne, your weather is why when JM and I decided to leave L.A. we did NOT choose Montreal! It was actually high on our list (provided we would have qualified to move there) for every reason but that!

  4. Well it seems reading you today that you did not get such a great deal!!!LOL
    Still we have the best Jazz Festival, World Music Festival, Just for Laugh Festival, International Firework Festival, Festival des Francofolies, all during the same summer… dont be jalous!
    See you in the fall to talk about it!

  5. Here in the UK we’ve not had snow just a cold penetrating north wind which has brought back the volcanic ash and according to the long range forecast is set to stay for at least another week. Really depressing and miserable gardening weather. You’d think we’d be used to it but it always takes me by surprise as I always use freak good weather as my benchmark and then get disappointed.

  6. At least my tomatoes are growing like mad, so I can’t complain! And, it’s the weekend of the village fair, so of course it’s raining!

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