About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

wow weather!!

Just when I feel we've seen it all, this wonderful place throws yet another suprise at us. The day before yesterday during the day the weather was excellent, hot and sunny and sky as clear as a bell. The blue skies we get here are so beautiful compared with the UK. Such deep deep blues.
I was just deciding to wash my hair, I generally sit up on the terrace to dry it in the sunshine. Rik called and said "take a look at that sky" well.... up from nowhere huge black clouds were boiling up and even as we looked a rumble of thunder came across the valley...
It didnttake long, within half an hour the whole sky above ther house was black, thunder rumbled and the odd lightning fizzed.
Then came the suprise... as the storm reached us , almost centred it seemed over the house, we heard ... clunk, clunk, clunk clunk clunk... great big... and I mean golf ball size hail stones... I mean bloody hell... it was and had been so hot during the day (well into the 80s) the ground was steaming as the hailstones hit... it was so heavey they settled for a while too... crazy....
It all lasted maybe an hour or so then was gone.
It has cooled down now, the temps are in the mid 70s and lovely and cool nights...
Great to be able to sleep and work hard too.