Viella Vacances B&B and Holidays in Viella, Gers

Bed & Breakfast / Chambres d'hotes available close to Madiran vineyards and Marciac Jazz Festival, SW France

Everyday Ramblings !

The morning after

Posted by holidaysinthegers on February 13, 2009 at 4:56 AM

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Sunday morning and still no water or power and mobile phones only worked if you drove down to Riscle, about 10mins away.

 

The village was again bustling with people.  Still no sign of EDF though !  Being on a hill means that water has to be pumped to the village.  Having no electricity meant no pump. No pump, no water.  Power lines were down all around the village and it looked like we were going to be without water and electricity for a few days, so the mayor organized several pallets of bottled water to be delivered and handed out.  A man in a van toured the village shouting announcements through a megaphone all afternoon. I didn’t understand a word of it, but I’m sure it was very useful!!!  

 

Michel and Jean Pierre spent much of the day cutting up trees. All 10 pine trees surrounding Jean Pierre’s place had come down blocking the entrance. Several roads around the village were also still blocked by fallen trees.

 

I called in on the camel farm to see how they were fairing.  A few of the animal pens had been damaged and roofs lost, but luckily no major damage.  However, the river had risen alarmingly and they were in danger of being flooded. Hopefully, the sand bags would keep the water out.  The camels themselves were decidedly unimpressed with the weather and stayed firm put in their barn.

 

Later, we lit the wood burner so at least the lounge was warm.  I had started emptying the freezer so we were having a good old English breakfast for dinner.  The burner has a shelf in it for cooking, so we cooked the dinner the old fashioned way. Sausages, bacon and fried egg all cooked over a wood fire. Yummy !  It was really good fun. Amazing what good simple food, good wine and good company can do for the soul.

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