Thursday, 22 March 2012

Today the weather report on the radio said it is to be 25c here today! Though it is already 31c in the sunshine in our garden.... phew! It is wonderful to feel the heat again, no doubt you are saying, but it is always warm and sunny in Lanzarote. And of course it should be, but this winter has been the coldest in 17 years, so the reports are suggesting. It certainly has been very cold for the island.

For the first time since we fist visited the island back in 1986, we saw people going out during the day in coats and scarves..... ! Scarves are unheard of and as for a coat, a light one, but only when it rains! One of the Canary islands, Las Palmas even had snow this year! But whilst we have been cold, overcast and windy, we have had barely a few drops of rain since March 2011. A serious problem for the island farmers and if no rain comes this month, there is every chance the potatoe crop will be lost. Domestic water is in plenty of supply thanks to the desalination plant on the island, but water is expensive so not something we waste a drop off.

Today it seems we have our weather back and of course it is this wonderful climate that inspired me to write Sometimes It Happens... a sunny book filled with laughter, love and heart stopping emotions.

Thank you for stopping and I hope the sun is shinning in your part of the world.


Paula Martin said...

Our temps are nowhere near as high as yours, Pauline, but today is a glorious spring day here in NW England with blue skies and sunshine - and all the daffodils are in bloom!

Shirley Wells said...

Ha. I was about to tell you that it was a glorious spring day here and that the daffs were looking lovely. Paula's beaten me to it. :)

Enjoy that sunshine. Wow, that rainfall statistic is amazing - and frightening for the farmers. I wish we could send you some from Lancashire!

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Paula, so pleased to hear you too are having a glorious day. The sight of daffodils is one of the best there is, winter behind and summer ahead... wonderful.

Hi Shirley, the rain is an issue, not that we get much anyway, but the island is very parched indeed. Normally this time of the year, the mountains have a green veil over them and millions of little purple and yellow flowers are seen everywhere. The rain season is almost and no rain, so there are no little fragrant flowers to be seen!

Deborah (Debs) Carr said...

We've had very little rain for months now too and they're talking about water restrictions.

I can't wait for the summer and the return to more heat and fewer clothes.

Melanie said...

We've had temps in the mid to high 20s C this week which is unheard of in March here in my part of Canada. But we'll take it. Supposed to be back down in the single digits next week, although still on the + side of zero. They've even been mentioning the UV index in the weather forecasts!

Supposed to rain here tonight but the sky isn't as black as it was earlier. Perhaps our rain has passed us by and dumped on folks elsewhere.

Perhaps you'll have to get out and do a rain dance?

Pauline Barclay said...

Hi Debs, the weather is very strange, I hear that the UK and southern Spain is also having serious drought problems too.

Hello Melanie, a rain dance.... I just might do that. Keep cool!