I’m sitting writing this post with a glimmer of blue sky poking through the window blinds.  No doubt in a couple of minutes, it’ll be pouring rain again.  Such is the current weather cycle over Surrey and surrounding counties.

Hannibal had a near escape in last week’s deluge….. his fancy packing cartons were, up until then, being stored in a garage in Staines.  Yup, you read that right!   So, upon receiving the flood alert,  it was a very quick scoot over to save them from floating down the Thames.   (Imagine, it would have made for a great marketing scoop as thousands of the blighters took to the Thames waters!)  Fortunately for us, the water hadn’t risen above the pallet they were stacked upon.    They are now safely packed away….. 10 metres above ground level.

South West France hit by flooding

South West France hit by flooding

And whilst we are continually sodden, our Yankee friends are struggling with a severe drought on the west coast and somewhat of an Ice Age on the east, with plummeting temperatures and relentless snowfall.   And all this, because the pesky jet stream is off kilter.

 

So with all this going on, it’s not surprising that belief is strengthening at the prospect of climate increases rendering massive parts of Spain, Italy and France unsuitable for future grape growing.  As early as by 2050!   Now that really would be a disaster.  Best stock up pronto!

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