We have been waiting for rain for a long time here in Central Portugal. To say the land is in need of a good watering is an understatement. Unlike the UK where there seems to be no lack of the odd downpour, in Portugal rain is scarce and welcomed with open arms.
There were horiffic fires in Portugal over the long hot summer, the worst in Portugal’s history, which were exacerbated by the tinder dry land. The whole country seemed to take a collective sigh of relief when it rained for a couple of days at the beginning of November. Despite the fact that it hadn’t really rained for that long, or for that much, the arid landscaped began to change. The golden sun-dried hay slowly began to disappear and the first shoots of green began to pop up, everywhere. It was amazing to see how much difference such a small amount of rain made to the parched landscape.
Over the past month it has started to get much colder and we have had a few more days of rain. Still not enough, but some and the landscape has well and truly revived itself. Trees are looking plumper, the landscape greener and of course, our boys are happy to wear their wellies and waterproofs and revel in the chance to go puddle jumping!
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