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A while ago I wrote about the water situation here, but there was one thing I forgot to mention FIRE!

We were first aware of the situation when collecting water around 7am Thursday morning.

We could hear then we saw the firefighting helicopters with their buckets hanging down, Then this morning we could hear the float planes so we knew it was not over.

Normally it rains in April and May so there is no problem, but for the past 3-4 years it has been getting drier and drier and this year is no exception.  So far we have seen two huge fires one of which is still burning in the Monsant wine region.  I have spoken to a friend there and they are worried because a few vineyards have already gone.  In May there was a large fire which took out 18000 acres of both forest and vineyard.

What causes them? Well like the huge wild-fire in the Rockies, they can be started by lightning. It is unfortunate here but people seem to be the cause of these fires.  Then there is another bit of nature to contend with.  From around 10.30am the wind gets up and blows down our valley, strong enough to drive our wind generator.  If this is happening across the river in those vallies then they have a real problem and I think this must be happening as the smoke from the fire looks like a misty foggy haze.

What we really need are some summer storms or heavy prolonged rain.  It has been 37c here today and that was at 7.30pm, as I sit here I am sweating but all the windows are open there is a slight breeze but no respite.

I am so very very glad the bombers and Forestals are experts, at the moment of writing my wife has all my writing materials packed ready, just in case…..

(c) Michael Bosc

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Horns In Paradise

Horns in Paradise

I was sitting on a beach in North Goa, pure white sand, glorious sunshine the Arabian Sea spread out before me. Walking towards me were some women selling fruit, baskets on their heads. I ended up buying a whole water melon, not that I wanted it all but that’s the way it goes in some places. As I hacked at it digging out chunks, a delight in the sunshine juice running down my face and through my fingers, I was suddenly aware of movement close by.

Looking up I was face to face with a herd of cows. Large eyes staring with even larger horns making an intimidating sight. Not exactly small creatures, something I had not considered when buying the water melon. Eyes were staring at me from all sides as I continued eating, who would blink first?

Surely I am more intelligent than a cow? but those horns were big. By now I had eaten several pieces and a plan formed. I threw a piece of rind and some of the cows chased after it, success! So the remaining pieces were thrown along the beach cows scattering in all directions.

A quick movement of the towel covered the remnants of the water melon. Now it was hidden the cows wandered aimlessly looking for food. Which goes to show that even in paradise there are things with horns.

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