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Friday, 5 March 2021

Thunderstorms, Figs, and Earthquakes

 

The first autumn leaves are beginning to trickle off a few trees, and last night I needed to find a blanket for the bed.  The seasons are beginning to change.

Yesterday we had a couple of big thunderstorms come through with torrential rain but no hail (at least, not here).  I met up with friends at a nearby village for lunch and it rained most of the way home.  At one stage it was like driving into a white wall of fog, except it was rain.

It wasn’t quite heavy enough to force me to stop, but the surface flooding on the road certainly gave the underneath of my car a good wash!




A couple of hours later and the thunder, rain and wind had all gone, and we had blue skies, sunshine, and a few wispy clouds showing that the wind was still ‘up there.’  

It is a bit different today, with a few clouds and a bit of sunshine and a cool breeze.




My friends gave me some fresh figs yesterday and, as I am about to have lunch, I think I will sample a couple.  We seldom see fresh figs in the shops (they grew these themselves) so they are a bit of a luxury to savour and enjoy.




Early this morning the East Cape experienced a large earthquake, followed by three big quakes at the Kermadec Islands that have now resulted in several coastal places being evacuated because of a tsunami threat.  I hope everyone manages to stay safe.

Take care everyone,

Margaret 😊


24 comments:

  1. We bought some fresh figs at the Growers' Market at the weekend. Delicious.

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  2. Enjoy those fresh figs. Nice of your friends to give them to you.
    We have been following all the earthquakes . A lot of family are in the Bay of Plenty and some extended family on Great Barrier. All seems to be settling down now. I darn well hope so.

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  3. Oh, too me the rain sounds wonderful and wow to the skies.
    Hmm, fresh figs, yum. Once Ingo put bacon around and then in the oven, very yummy, too.
    Uh-oh, earthquake and tsunami.... For once I´m glad to live in Germany.

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  4. Fresh figs are one of life's great treats. They cost an arm and a leg here, and of course by the time you buy them they are hardly fresh any more. As for the tsunami threat, if I understand well from the news here the danger has passed and the evacuations have been ended. Great news!

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    1. Yes, it was a relief to many people when the tsunami threat was lifted.

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  5. Those figs look very tempting, especially arranged so nicely in the glass dish. Gosh, wish I could eat one right now! I heard about the earthquake and the tsunami warning. I have cousins in Auckland right on the coast, I'm sure they are OK.

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  6. I do not like driving in rain that heavy! One time we were on our way home in rain just like what you are talking about and the wipers quit working. No place to pull off...I had to open up my window and tell Roger how to steer by looking down beside the car at the lines. It was frightening!

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    1. That would be terrifying. I'm glad you survived to tell the story :)

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  7. The coolness and signs of Autumn, are probably quite welcome, after your hot summer.

    So sorry about the earthquakes and following.

    Oh I bet those home grown figs are delicious....

    🌸🌺🌷🌸🌺🌷🌸

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  8. Eart Quakes must be very scary for all involved. I like cookies with figs:)

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  9. Nice that you got some sunshine after the rain. Not a fan if figs but it sure was nice of your friends to give you some out of their garden.

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  10. The weather was interesting in Auckland, too. Amazing how there were four all up, that we know of. Makes me wonder - what is going on in the world of nature.

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  11. Espero que todo haya ido bien. Los higos se ven muy bien. Besos.

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  12. We've had the experience too of driving through torrential rain and not being able to see. It's awful. I'm glad you got home safely and that the wind blew the rain storm away.
    We heard about the earthquakes and I think there was even a tsunami warning for the coast of B.C. but that wasn't on for long.
    Your figs look tasty. I used to like eating them until I read that there's at least one dead wasp ( probably more) in every fig. Now I cannot force myself to eat one. Sometimes it's better not to know.

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    1. Oh yuk, but I can't say I have ever found one :))

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  13. Our fridge overflows with figs during their relatively short season here. F makes a pig of herself because everywhere else we have lived they are an 'exotic' fruit. Fig trees are growing on our beach but the figs always disappear long before they get ripe. Other people or birds must covet them too. Enjoy your figs F says they look wonderful. xxx Mr T

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  14. Hmm, I am not that keen on figs.... but yes, we have had similar weather, and I now have a very light quilt over me at night - still too hot for the duvet.
    I did not feel any of the earthquakes, but others in town did...
    Stay safe
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  15. I've been out of Blogland for a while but was in touch with a lot of friends in coastal areas which might have been affected. I love fresh figs. I used to get them in France but when you see them here they are very expensive. I remember just how heavy the rain could be in New Zealand. We have a lot on Lewis but it's not very often that torrential.

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  16. Those figs look delicious. I love fresh figs and fig preserves. What a downpour of rain. The picture is amazing.

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  17. Quite a difference on the weather! I have never eaten fresh figs, they look so good.

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  18. Not a fig fan here I think it's the grainy texture but we had rain last week that was well needed.

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  19. I've never eaten a fresh fig, sounds fantastic. Thank you for your blogging friendship. God bless you and take care.

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  20. Of course, it's fig time of year, I hadn't realized. But I know of a wild fig tree about an hour's drive from here. I think I'll take a little road trip tomorrow. The tsunami warning was pretty real in this part of the country. My daughter was evacuated but luckily knew how to get to high ground on her push bike, traffic was real problem. I'm enjoying the weather at the moment, too.

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