On storms and songs

Hey, today’s title sounds like it could fit on the cover of a George RR Martin novel, doesn’t it?

We have a bit of a storm building up today.  We’ve had several good storms this week, and if I say ‘storm’ I mean severe lightning storms with gale-force winds, rain falling so fast you get drenched stepping out of your car to under the umbrella, and sometimes hail stones the size of pigeon eggs (one or two places have had storms in the past few weeks where the hail stones reached the size of cricket balls).

While it might sound a bit extreme, it’s the type of weather I grew up with.  It’s how the weather is supposed to be here at this time of year, which is very good.  The past two rainy seasons we’ve had way below average rainfall, so we’re due for a good soaking.  Living next to a river it does lead to some stress, for if it overflows its banks we have to move our cars as our access road then becomes submerged and the river has even pushed up into our parking area on occasion.  On the other hand, thanks to the stormy weather the wife lies very close to me at night – she’s almost as afraid of thunder as she is of heights 😉

NaNo is going well.  I’m moving the characters to the second setting of the story and introducing a few new ones, so it’s going more slowly than I would like, but I’m steadily catching up and hope to be ahead by the end of the weekend.  But as promised I’ll take a break tomorrow to bring you that review of Jim Butcher’s Side Jobs – my first foray into the world of Harry Dresden.

But what I really want to get to:  I woke up this morning with a song in my head and I’d thought I’d share it with you.  This is one of those songs that made me cry the first time I heard it and every time since.  Enjoy a great song by a great performer.

(By the way, thank goodness the seventies are over.  I don’t think I’d have made it if I had to wear pants like those…)

4 thoughts on “On storms and songs

    1. Yeah, I’m pretty much making it up as I go along 😉 It is fiction, after all. But I’m already dreading the actual work of rewriting that lies ahead. This is really the easy part of the whole process.


    1. As I said, luckily not here, but we do get hail storms where it looks as if it had snowed afterwards. The cricket balls were in Pretoria and to the North-East of there. Biggest I’ve seen personally in my life are just under golf ball size.


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