Living in a Cloud

The past few days have seen much of Italy immersed in unseasonable clouds and rain. A depression called ‘Le Valkyrie’ coming from the north has collided with hot African air. Not surprisingly this has created a very unstable weather pattern. It’s supposed to last for a few more days and then finally the summer heat will descend upon us.

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Actually, I don’t quite mind this sort of damp weather. Looking at my orto (allotment) yesterday I realised that everything was growing quickly (including the weeds!) and a bit of rain was something the poor plants needed, the other being a spot of sunshine!

At least I don’t have to water them every day and I am glad that I cut the grass just before the showers plunged upon us. The extra water reservoir we had excavated last year has never been fuller.

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The fruit trees also seem to be getting off to a very good start with apples and pears beginning to develop.

The olives show a promise of a good harvest this year.

The rain fell unusually lightly yesterday – no Italian style diluvian pouring. It reminded me of what the Irish call ‘soft’ weather and I quite enjoyed feeling the light drops falling upon me. It was a bit like living in a cloud, and the landscape with its mild temperatures made me think of tropical rain forests – perhaps the foothills of the Colombian Andes.

No doubt when the heat hits us everyone will be complaining about it and thinking nostalgically back to these early June mist-laden mornings.


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