Thursday, June 11, 2015

The storm of the century ?


High excitement in deepest France profonde. The weather forecast calls for 100 km/h + winds and heavy hail. Outside the air already echoing with the sound of the thunder, the standard roses swaying drunkenly. A sign has gone up on the town hall noticeboard advising everyone to stay in 'at risk of inundation ' between ten tonight and three in the morning. Theatricality is woven into French life. 

The district nurse will drop off the key to the Very Old Farmers front door in our letter box after she visits him later tonight. We're to check on him after breakfast in case the roads are blocked. The local gendarme has been given our number. The red faced man with anger management problems has shooed the pre-teens off the village green with the words '' Don't you know there's a storm coming ? ". He waves his arms a lot. They sulk away. 

The well rehearsed routines of country life. 


The builders leave early. The garden an obstacle course of bins and buckets. The PONs think it's all wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.



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13 comments:

  1. I hope you and the PONs stay safe.
    Bentley

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  2. Stay safe. Coffee in a thermos is always a good idea. Extra batteries. Extra water in the baignoire. Gas in the car. Cash. And hopefullynothing outside the wind can pick up and hurl. Just part of our "hurry cane" check list!!! My angel Jake, the weatherdog and now the meteorologist at the Rainbow Bridge will look after his pals in deepest france profonde! xxxx

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  3. Jack ( above) has some excellent suggestions. I'll add keep a full charge on cell phones.tablets and laptops.
    All of this preparation will ensure the storm goes in the opposite direction.
    How wonderful you will look in on the VOF. Hope his fire is large enough to last the night or he has a nice heater to warm him.

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  4. Hunker down and stay safe! Something we do often in Hurricane prone coastal North Carolina! I agree with Jake coffee in a thermos will save you if you are a coffee drinker!!

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  5. We think it's great that the village cares for each other. Seems to be a trait that is disappearing in the modern world.

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  6. Take Care, and God Bless for keeping an eye on the Very Old Farmer.
    We hope you, the Font and the Pons all weather the storm. Good Luck!

    Yogi and Mom

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  7. Saying a prayer that my ROF family will be spared any damage from the storm....also the Very Old Farmer.
    Take care and let us know as soon as you can that everything is okay.

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  8. Stay safe and dry - from drought-riddled California...

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  9. Hope all is well in deepest France Profonde!

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  10. 100+ winds are an almost everyday occurrence here on the Canadian prairies. Stay safe and batten down the hatches! We are watching the Criterium du Dauphine this evening. U cab see ominous clouds in the distance. Close to you?

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  11. Hope all is well and no damage has been done.

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  12. All those unattended buckets - PON paradise !
    Hope that the storm caused no damage and you are all safe and dry - especially the VOF.

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