Yesterday had started out quite pleasantly too. It was still quite warm, without being quite so hot and sticky. Which made it a nice day for wandering round Veliko Tarnovo doing several bits and pieces. One thing which really needed doing was getting the stuff for the pool. We have found this little shop which does all of the chemicals for your pool requirements. The stuff from there seems much better quality, and it also costs less than the similar stuff from either Metro or Praktiker. It also gave Net the chance to have a mooch round in one of her favourite art shops. It never ceases to amaze me some of these smaller specialist shops being tucked away quietly on the back roads, and a lot of the time you only find them by accident.
Everything was going fine until about 1 o'clock, when the breeze began to pick up strength. The breeze soon became a wind and the skies were getting ever darker. We didn't have long to wait until the rain put in an appearance, and it was proper rain. None of the misty drizzly rubbish, this was rain coming down like stair rods, the rains of biblical proportions. Not wanting to be left out the thunder and lightning soon joined in. The ground had started to bake hard over the last week so the rain seemed to be finding it difficult to soak away, so there was an awful lot of surface water about. Driving conditions soon became bad, the windscreen wipers were only just coping with the amount of rain coming down. The surface water was hiding various potholes. It did get slightly easier once I got off of the main road as it is a constant climb up to the village, so at least the potholes were more visible.
By all accounts the thunder and lightning did continue throughout the night, but I managed to sleep right the way through it all. The rain has been off and on all day, pretty much like the power. I have seen a video clip of the road outside the village pensioner's club, and that is now a muddy river flowing along.
People might say that it is ideal weather for ducks, but even they seem to be noticeable by their absence. Everything just seems to be getting a coating of mud. The fireflies which I would normally see at this time of year have only been spotted for a couple of days. I guess that their light just isn't strong enough to shine through their beetle sized wet suits and raincoats.
Looking at various weather forecast sites, we can expect more rain into tomorrow. So not only will everything be muddy but it is also going to be soggy. This means that I probably won't be able to do anything with the garden until at least the middle of the week. This is mainly down to the stickiness of Bulgarian mud. As soon as you stick a fork or spade in the ground the mud takes on a psychiatric dependency to your tools and just won't let go. It is the same just moving about in the garden the mud sticks to your boots and before you know it you are three inches taller but wearing diving boots. They do say that every cloud has a silver lining, but unfortunately it is horizon to horizon cloud so I can't even see the edges never mind the lining. Someone will probably have nicked the silver and dropped it in the mud, so it will never see the light of day again for a good few years. At least I have managed to get this blog article written before the power disappears or gets stuck in the mud. So wherever you are I hope that you are warm and dry.