Too Close to Home …

The only topic in Cabril these days is the unbearable heat and even though we try to keep complaints to a minimum, it’s bloody hot. We do our best to stay cool but yesterday things got a little scary. As anyone living in a forest knows, prolonged periods of heat + no rain + wind = o incêndio.

On Monday I noticed how loud the crickets had become, during both the day and the night. The daytime temperatures have been holding steady at +42C (108F) this week; going outside is like stepping in front of a hair dryer. Yesterday afternoon the skies began to fill with smoke and the birds were circling in fast, swoopy patterns.

By the time Penfold returned from his beach surfari the backdrop to Cabril became an eerie orange-black. There was a strange silence from the gorge, usually filled with the sound of kids playing in the cool water and brave teens jumping from the cliffs (to cool off and also look cool doing it). Now the only human noise is a random biplane or helicopter flying overhead.

smoke over cabril

'smoke over cabril' by Penfold

A growing area of Portugal is on maximum fire alert (FYI the Bombeiros use the Canadian FWI) and the map looks worse for tomorrow. Nothing to do but wait and hope or … tonight seems like a good time to call on the wisdom of the cannibalistic Windigokan tribe*.

Get on your feet — it’s time for a rain dance!

*Native American sect nicknamed “the backward people” who became famous for telling the US feds that the dance being performed was not the Sun Dance, but the Rain Dance, thus preventing any prosecution or intervention.


PS: Obrigada to everyone who entered the Summer Soxtravaganza Giveaway. Congratulations to daisyfae — your Tango socks are en route! I was so happy with how many people entered to win so I’m going to do it again. And again. Stay tuned for more tangoNovemberbravo giveaways …

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10 Responses to “Too Close to Home …”

  1. So that’s what he’s been doing ….. I think the forecast is saying it’s going to cool down a tad …… *dancing wildly to create some wind*

  2. KPX says:

    Dancing? Hmm. Anyway, the forecast on Sat is for DRIZZLE, 26C. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

  3. daisyfae says:

    that’s a little scary… no, let me rephrase that. that’s A LOT scary. here’s to some rain. and THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU for the socks! although it’s still pretty toasty here, i guarantee you that they shall be my best friends by November!

    • Tango says:

      No rain yet, still dancing …
      Ha! And they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend … who needs diamonds when we’ve got socks??

  4. Alice says:

    sending wishes for rain your way and doing my own little rain dance on my boat for you 🙂 boo hoo that I didn’t win the socks, I shall simply have to go and buy some of the lovely beauties! x

    • Tango says:

      May your dance rock your boat, just don’t tip the boat over! 😉 Not to worry, I’m planning another Soxtravaganza soon – stay tuned … !

  5. kyknoord says:

    Flood and drought are two of the biggest disasters we know. One happens when it rains; the other when it doesn’t.

    • Tango says:

      Welcome kyknoord, been lurking around your place for a while! We just enjoyed a whopping 4 minutes of rain, the first drops of moisture in 3 months and it was glorious. Melting resumed immediately.