What we have experienced this far in Flores, is that the weather can and do change rather quickly. So even if it looks very cloudy, all of a sudden the sun is out and the temperature rises. Or, the sun is shining and before even noticing anything, rain starts to fall or the wind catches speed.
Last Friday we had a storm that brought heavy winds and at times also heavy rain. When it is windy this island in the Azores is pretty vulnerable in the middle of the ocean. Most houses keep the shutters closed to the windows – to keep them from flapping in the wind, to avoid drought and to help keep the houses a bit warmer.
It gets very dark inside when the shutters are closed during the day. To feel a bit more alive we like to keep the shutters open in the living room, to be able to see the sky and the Atlantic below the village. To have a sense of what’s going on outside.
The dog we’re taking care of, Lucky, doesn’t like storms. Especially not when there’s thunder. She either tries to hide under our bed, or stays close to one of us like a glued piece of paper. Walking her is something we do in the moments it’s not raining too heavily or when the wind is a bit calmer and it can still be quite warm outside.
It’s funny how fast these shifts come. One day we are swimming in the ocean, sun bathing in Santa Cruz, Anders in flip flops and Wivan bare legged all day. The next it can be totally different. We wrap ourselves up in scarfs and blankets to keep warm inside and don’t want to go outside when the rain hits really hard and the streams are flooded.
Instead we watch movies, sitting in our bed with a cup of coffee. Or read a book, play a game and take a nap. It’s cozy and we might long back to this time sometime in the future, when the sun has been shining “too many” days in a stretch and we long for a rainy day to stay inside.
It looks like there’s coming another storm tomorrow, with lots and lots of rain. So we’re getting ready, preparing for slow or non-existing internet, making sure we have the food we need and some extra candles to light for coziness and warmth.
Keep warm and hold on to your loved ones.
// Anders & Wivan