Electrical Storms

We were hit by some huge storms yesterday and over almost 2 inches of rain fell in about 30 minutes. After paying for a new computer board for the gas boiler ( €350 ) the electrician fitted a salva vita that cuts the electricity before the lightening blows everything . It is unfortunately amazingly effective and seems to sense the crackle of lightening and whips off all the electricity. You then get up and switch the box back on, normally after each crack of thunder . During big storms it is easier to just turn all of the electricity off and go to the pub . These huge storms are fairly normal here especially when there is still cold air over the mountains of Albania and warm moist air traveling across the Mediterranean.This is especially true  in May and early June so we just have to learn to live with them. The other downside is that without electricity obviously I can’t blog hence no blog yesterday. Hallelujah I hear you cry

Good stuff for a Sunday don’t you think ? The old guy conducting is Walter Cronkite  one time anchorman for CBS news and during the heyday of USA broadcasting news when people actually watched the news he was known as the most trusted man in America.

Now the really good news for you is that we have thunder rumbling around again this morning and the forecast is for storms all day today so this will have to be kept very short as rain drops are beginning to fall as I write.

Power cuts tend to accompany these storms especially out here in the country and of course the mobile phone signal normally goes as well knocking out the internet connection.

Storm in Italian is temporale and so when someone says c’e temporale in arrivo it means the storm’s arriving and it’s time to head out to the bar or hit a shopping mall.


Luckily we are out to lunch in Martina Franca today with an Australian lady that owns a few rental villas here so no power cuts for us .Too many councilors and politicians  live in town for that to be acceptable.

We are quite lucky too in that when the power does go we seem to get put back on very quickly as the guy behind us in the huge masseria ( farmhouse) controls all the milk production in the area. All the farmers must sell their milk through him. This means he is a man of some “influence” and he clearly doesn’t like his lights being out and hey when he doesn’t like something….well things happen quite quickly. Say no more wink wink nod nod.




About hereinpuglia

Retired to Puglia after some 40 years in the travel industry working for P&O Lines, British Airways, Alamo rent-a-car,Abercrombie&Kent, owner of Quest Tours and Travel and finally with Thomas Cook North America. Married to Geraldine we now have a small house with too much land near the town of Martina Franca in Puglia. Two kids one married and living in Hong Kong and the other single and living in London. No dogs, no cats no animals.
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