Wednesday, February 12, 2014

By coincidence



I came across this postcard today depicting a terrible storm back in 1904 in a town in the North of France. As a result of a storm, high winds and a deluge of rain, the little river that went through the town turned into a raging torrent. Houses that overhung the river were destroyed as their foundations were washed away. There was plenty of flooding and damage throughout the rest of the town too. 21 people died that day. A reminder perhaps, that we have always been at the mercy of nature.
(Whether the government be right or left!)

5 comments:

Coline said...

Never cease to be amazed at how wild conditions in France can be. I was having a marvellous picnic by a gentle river then a few days later on the news thundering torrents were thrashing through that quiet valley...

How is your coast and the offshore islands holding up to the winter storms?

A Lady's Life said...

I love this post card from simpler times.
Oh ya. Mother nature though ... can't be disputed with.

Anji Knutsen said...

Coline: We're fine here so far. The port was blocked last weekend to sightseers, but nothing serious happened. Thousands of seabirds are being washed up on the shores of Charente Maritime, the bird rescue centres are very busy. Unfortunately, most of the birds are dead by the time they are washed ashore.

A lady's Life: certainly puts us firmly in our place.

Henry Metcalfe said...

How could this happen then? Climate change hadn't been invented.

Henry

:)

Anji Knutsen said...

Henry: It's great to see you again! I hope that all is well with you.

I'm not so sure about climate change not being invented then. At school we were told about another ice age coming. In my 8 year old mind the glacier would come rolling down the road....