Posting the photo of the two ‘exotic’ water bottles yesterday, has inspired me to do a short series on … water! Don’t worry, I’m not planning a virtual tour of all the mineral water springs worldwide. Because I reckon there are more types of mineral water than there are wines. What do your think? I wonder if anybody has ever made a comparative study on this subject! Would make an interesting retirement project, wouldn't it?
SPA, from Belgium and Contrex from France.
Two familiar mineral waters which will be competing in my test
with the bottles shown yesterday.
But before getting to the subject of bottled water, I want to tell you about the celestial water we received yesterday. Our weatherman Frank had mentioned the possibility of a storm bringing some thunder and lightning yesterday afternoon. No extreme warning though, and completely unlike the severe storm warnings he gave us on Dec. 5th and Christmas Eve, when the whole country, and especially the coastline were on orange alert. Those two storms turned out to be storms in a teacup. OK, there were some loud and strong gusts of wind, and on the coast some brave photographers had a very interesting field day. But where I live and in the rest of the country, we had that somewhat ‘Bufff,-is-that-all-there-is-to-it’ feeling.
Yesterday, things surely were different. As I said, no extreme warning … just a local (unusual) winter thunderstorm. Nothing to be worried about. ‘Mon oeil!’ (My eye!) This wintry thunderstorm turned out to be the worst of the lot. Little before 5 p.m. I watched the northerly sky turn a menacing black. Half an hour later I was slightly alarmed by a rumbling noise. Looking out towards the south I saw some very fierce lightning and rain being swept almost horizontally over the ground. Traffic was slowing down, while the rain, the wind, the lightning and thunder continued.
It didn't last long; only 5 to 7 minutes or so. There was no obvious damage, but later when watching the 6 o’clock news, I learnt that the area between Brussels and Antwerp had suffered considerable damage: the roof the KV Mechelen soccer stadium (premier league) had been blown away, several trees had fallen on the overhead electric wires, stopping trains … in which over 500 people were trapped for almost 5 hours before they could be evacuated and driven to their destination by coaches. Another black day for our national train company, which already has a bad reputation when it comes to running on time!
So get out your umbrellas and wellies, because there are more watery stories coming up!