Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tropical storms

Well, it's raining. It's been raining off and on all day. Every day this week, we've had at least one downpour. It's like the evening tropical storms at 5:00 p.m.
This is not really great for the vegetable garden. It's not bad, but the plants do need a bit more sun and warmth. At least our water bill should go down. The tomatoes are growing. We've got two or three little zucchini on one plant and the other plant that hasn't grown much has managed to produced a flower. The cucumber is growing. The raspberries are finished, at least until September, when we might have a little bumper crop. We've got blueberries this year. Last year I got two bushes and they have lots of berries on them this year. I think the carrots drowned. I don't see where the beets are; maybe they drowned, too.
Paul had carotid surgery on Tuesday and was out by noon on Thursday. He's fine. I went to pick up the family from Shanghai on Tuesday morning. Everyone is coming over here for lunch tomorrow. I would have liked to barbecue the chicken and eat outside, but the forecast is for more rain.
In March the water tables were at record lows and 90% were below normal. By May, only 75% were still below normal. Even towards the end of June, more than half were still below normal, but are getting better.
So, that's it in France.
And I know that it's been hot in the US. Fires in Colorado and B&T were victims of the storm that hit the DC area last week. I hope they are back in their own house after a week of forced vacation.

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