A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Inexorable rain

I know I’ve talked a lot about the rain we’ve had almost constantly since Christmas. About how it affects us, our house, our land.

This is not only what it’s all about, however. The rain has cost millions of Euros in the province, through damage to livestock and land, houses and roads.

Horses have been drowned in the field. People had to be evacuated from their homes – just yesterday.Villages are cut off, roads are swept away.

This was brought home to us just today. We were on our way to the vet’s, which is in Alhaurin el Grande, a village about 30 miles away. One of the roads into the town has been closed for ages, for roadworks. But a new development today: the alternative way was closed “due to rain” – it was flooded, the road washed away:

Rio Fahala

Trying to get to the vet's - this is the former road! (photo by Kenton @ imagenary.co.uk)

This meant that everyone going to Alhaurin had to take the looonnnggg way around. Imagine how this affects residents and shopowners. This is particularly interesting in our area, because the Spanish road workers never tell you in advance that a road is closed – you may drive many miles before you come to the road block, and you are never given directions to a diversion!

Coming back home, the road from Coin is crumbling on the side in many places. In some places, there have been landslides of mud and rocks onto the road. In other places, the road itself has fallen away, due to erosion underneath:

Road to Coin

One whole side of the road. Gone. (photo by Kenton @ imagenary.co.uk)

The water has found its way everywhere, making streams and mini rivers everywhere. In the village just down the mountain from Yunquera, there is a new ‘river’ where we’ve never seen water before:

New river in Jorox

New river in Jorox (photo by Kenton @ imagenary.co.uk)

This is the true cost of all this water. It. Gets. Everywhere.

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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