We have rain this evening...the first since April. I couldn't contain my excitement and rushed out into the garden with the dogs and enjoyed that wonderful feeling of the raindrops soaking through my clothes and the delicious smell as it hits the parched soil.
My pleasure was short-lived however. I hadn't had the television on all day, and when I finally switched on to catch the news I discovered that elsewhere in Turkey, particularly in Istanbul, there have been flash floods. The latest news reports 8 people killed and 3 missing.
In Saray, in the province of Tekirdag, close to the border with Greece, rescue workers recovered the bodies of a mother and three daughters and were still searching for the father who had been swept away. Just one of the tragic stories that are emerging. More rain is forecast for the area tomorrow.
We are so lucky...we've only had a shower here....and I feel so guilty now about enjoying it so much.
I don't think I will ever feel the same way about rain again.