Saturday, July 6, 2013

Rainy season blues!

rainwater running off the roof
We've actually had sun most days this week - but I'm still going to talk about the rainy season. I've been told that this has been a "dry" year in comparison to other years. However, I must say, that it has already rained a LOT!

Often when it rains, it isn't a nice gentle sprinkle. No, it's a full-out downpour! It's like someone taking a bucket full of water and turning it upside-down. One minute you are dry and the next you are soaked to the skin - but at least the rain is warm.

One thing that I have noticed is that a lot of people collect the rain water. You can see in the picture above that there is a barrel covered with plastic. The barrel contains rainwater that they have already collected and are storing. This water is used for washing and sometimes even for bathing. The municipal water comes with a charge - rainwater is free.

This time of year it's important to be prepared for the rain to start at any time. Take along your umbrella and wear shoes that you don't mind getting muddy and soaked. We have started to wear our "Crocs" all the time. Many times the downpour doesn't last that long and you can wait it out until it's over and then go on your way. Most people don't mind if you duck under their porch until the rain passes - sometimes they will even bring out a chair for you to sit on!

A sudden downpour kept us indoors for about 1/2 hour

Arriving home just in time - look at those clouds!
Getting your laundry dry can be especially difficult during the rainy season. Having a "dry" place to hang your clothes helps. We have installed lines under our porch to hang our clothes but sometimes the rain comes in sideways because of the wind and they don't dry. So, we have a secondary place to hang them - inside in our spare bedroom. It can take a couple of days for everything to dry properly.

Clothes drying on the porch.

Drying clothes in-between showers

Riding through a huge puddle on the road to Raitipura

The ducks enjoy the opportunity for a bath
During this time of year you can hear frogs singing and if you aren't careful you may step on them as you walk up to your front door. In the ditches on the side of the road you will find a lot of tadpoles. When I checked out one ditch I couldn't believe how many of the tadpoles had already turned into small frogs. Check out the video.