After days of torrential rain, thunder and lightning, the river is
rushing past, yet surprisingly not overflowing. Whilst other regions
in the South (particularly Lourdes) have had extensive flood damage,
we have weathered the storms that flattened plants in the garden,
broke some of the support structures and ‘grilled’ the telephone…
After a little discomfort surveying the scene, there is also reward,
by way of ‘an abundance of mushrooms’. Magically transformed into an
omelette for dinner, the cariolettes which commonly grow in ‘ronds de
sorcières, or cercles des fées’ (witch, or fairy circles) were a welcome
surprise – they are even appearing on the lawn by the front steps.
Temperatures are also ‘exceptionally clement’ and have surpassed all
previous records for October (i.e. statistics that date back 200+ years
– Corsica reached 27ºC yesterday). With the forecast return of sunshine,
there will be many more champignons ready to harvest…
A small cluster – one side of a large ring – they form an impressive
circle, 3m in diameter.