|white water rafting anyone?|
The day we went the weather was pretty gloomy with patches of intermittent rain. I can't remember if it was also as windy as it is today:- although it's nothing like as forceful as when "tempete Joachim" roared through on December 16th. Joachim had also brought lots and lots of rain and even 6 or so days later when we visited Azay-le-Rideau the deluge of water was still clearly affecting the river.
|river Indre in spate|
We drove through the village down to the river Indre where you can park by the bridge and from the road get a view of the chateau floating in it's lake before heading for the entrance.
There was no 'tranquil lake with mirror like reflections' last month just before Christmas! We were treated to a vista of muddy brown flood water. The normally peaceful Indre, which is diverted to 'moat' the chateau; raged under the bridge in full spate and nearly threatened to swamp a Christmas tree someone had put up next to a sluice gate for the festive season.
|festive tree above the floods|
We stood and watched for a few minutes and saw at least 2 small logs go whirling downstream. A far cry from the fluffy clouds reflected in the water round Azay's chateau last August.
All the rain, high water and wind we've had in the last month or so will, no doubt, be giving curators of chateaux like Azay an anxious time.