Sunday, January 21, 2007

A Strange Winter

Grandubbione forest fire
with a happy ending,
To say that the winter has been strange is an understatement. It has only snowed briefly and without real conviction. To complicate matters it is incredibly dry. This past week we have seen forest fires popping up thru out our valley. The helicopters and fire fighters have been stretched to their limits and driven mad by the gale force winds that hit a few days ago. They just had everything about out and then fires started popping up like mushrooms here and there. Yesterday we had 4 different fires going that we could see from Pinerolo. More than a bit disconcerting. It was so strange too yesterday as I strolled thru the market all the vendors were with out their usual canopies and tenting as it was so warm and sunny, but not so strong of a sun that they needed to protected their goods. This is January in the alps? On the way home I noticed some of my favorite purple creeping flower that are the first to bloom here getting well underway and more an more buds starting to break and peak up thru the ground. I fear that after such a bountiful year for fruit last year we are going to be lacking as I'm sure there is going to be some cold weather still to come, even if it is in June.
Then late this afternoon we had a fire break out at the end of our road about 5 km behind us and the helicopters and firefighters rushed here and put out one small fire and seem to be getting the bigger one under control Thank goodness to the dedicated people that help out in such an emergency. We hear the trucks going down now so it seem they have put it out. If only it would snow and help us all out.
My primulas are happy, so I'll take pleasure in them and hope we get some moisture.
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