Thursday, 1 December 2005

Delta Destruction

Delta Dawn

Every time I've almost made progress and posting here got somewhere near the top of the pile, the lights would go out, again. Aghhh ... Probably not surprising, since we were visited by Tropical Storm Delta, which left a trail of destruction in its wake. I dread to think what's to come, as the electricity company estimate that repairs to the main network will take 4-6 months. Whilst I should bite my tongue and give them the benefit of the doubt, many years of bitter experience tell me that a Canarian estimate of 4-6 months really means it would be a bloody miracle if it was even started in 4-6 years!

No, it is not usual for us to see this kind of weather, so I do allow that these are some pretty extenuating circumstances. In fact, we have never had this kind of named storm before in the Canary Islands.

The first I knew about it was when I went out early on Monday morning and captured this shot of the sky. I sensed that a bad storm was on the way in, but I didn't know how bad until I then turned on the TV to find that we were under alert and advised to stay indoors.

It wasn't long before the electricity went and being the really brave person that I am, I went to bed, pulled the covers over my head and woke up once the worst of the storm had passed! I can sleep through phones, barking dogs, alarm clocks, thunder, loud winds ...

Of course, the wind speeds they predicted (75-100 kmh) and the ones some areas got (240 kmh), were two different animals entirely. We've had winds of 75 kmh that rocked this house with its 18 inch thick walls before. I had no wish to be conscious of it again.

And, there is always a "silver lining". When the electricity was cut again this morning for another 2-3 hours, I couldn't sleep, so I took the dog for a long stroll. We came across neglected almond trees that still had almonds on them, so we did a bit of "scrumping". They'll come in handy for Christmas recipes! 

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