349: More Flood Pics And An Apology

~River Overflowed In Spain~

Toñi sent us more photos of the flooding in my Spanish village during October 2018,  so I thought that I would share them with you.  Got your raincoat on ?

The rain came and the river Guadiaro flooded Estacion Cortes de la Frontera

The flood at its height
Same view when the water receded
Clean up

For sale. Delightful small house with river. Boat mooring and fishing throughout the house

~That Didn’t Work !~

There is a lot going on in the river Mur, Graz, Austria, near our home.  Then it rained !

Here are some photos in case you can’t watch videos.

Last week on the River Mur, Graz, Austria
Work going well …..
…. and then it rained …
…. and rained !

Well, that didn’t work !

~”I Must Answer Comments !” ~

Many of you who have written comments in my previous posts may have noticed that it has taken me days to reply.  It’s important to me that I do reply to every comment as you have put yourselves out,  you were bored at work,  escaped from your partner/kids/cats/dragon,  you’ve got nothing else to do,  or you’re drunk.  Knowing you, it’s probably all these things combined !

There are two reasons why I take so long in replying.

Firstly, as I have shaking hands, I use a psychotic voice/typing app to reply to comments.  I say something like, “Thank you Ute for liking my blog.”  and it types, “Think you beauty for licking my clog.”  I am an expert at correcting typos by TYPING !

Secondly, concentration !  As most of you know, it takes hours to create a post like this and I am pretty well brain-dead when I click “Publish”.  I love replying to your comments and can only cope with 5 max at a go.  Then I need a break.  Time after time I say to myself, “I must answer comments !” and my brain disappears into a singularity;  a one-cell world of its own.  Then !  Sometimes days later !  I’m on top form and can blitz comments.  So, I am sorry, grovel-grovel, for not answering your comments straight away.

I wonder what the cats are up to ?  I must go into the kitchen and give them a stroke with my shaking hands. 

“Who wants a stroke, pussycats ?”

Do you think that I should water down my posts a bit ?

Ralph xox ❤

Thank you Toñi for the Spanish flood pics and thank you Natascha for the River Mur video and pics plus the photos of the cats. 

81 Comments on “349: More Flood Pics And An Apology

    • Yes, I agree Leslie. The locals have been through at least three floods in the last nine years and I am sure that they will be back to normal as quickly as possible. Ralph xox ❤

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    • I am sure that everyone in the village would be grateful for your prayers Anjali. Thank you. Ralph xox ❤

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  1. i ‘m so sorry this has happened to your village in spain and hope that everyone is safe. as for comment replies and some sort of timeline, don’t worry about it at all, sometimes we just like to hear ourselves talk, and no need to answer, we know you are listening….)

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    • Yes, everyone is safe in the Spanish village, just wet and fed up.
      Thank you Beth. I love reading your comments and love answering them when I am able.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  2. Hoping your village is dry soon, Ralph. How awful. Please don’t ever feel you have to reply to my comments. All of us followers will love you regardless. If it makes you feel better. I often don’t remember to reply to comments. It’s all good. XOX

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    • I am sure that with lots of work the village will soon be back to normal, Mary.
      That is really sweet of you to say my friend. Knowing that you are there and reading my posts is lovely. Yes, it’s all good. Ralph xox ❤


  3. I too, feel terrible for the residents of that village 😦
    Regarding comments, me too – please don’t feel any pressure/obligation to reply. I am sure most folks feel the same way 🙂 Best wishes to you and Natascha. Have a lovely weekend.

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    • Thank you Takami. I am sure that the villagers would appreciate knowing that people from around the world are with them in thought.
      I do like to reply to comments. As I said, readers put themselves out to comment and it is, for me, nice and respectful to reply. I have visited many blogs and it is surprising how many bloggers do not reply to comments.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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  4. Yours are one of the busiest posts on WP, Ralph. It’s not surprising you have trouble responding to all the comments.. Phew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it.. Take all the time you need… 🙂
    And then it rained. My goodness; nature can sure make short work of the efforts of man! We build homes and bridges, roads and paths; then the power of the elements let us know who is the true boss. The last powerful deluge we had here, Ralph, in 2015 felled our fence and brought havoc to the surrounding district; not unlike the images I see here. That’s life! We all go on…..
    Look after you and yours… I know you do! 🙂

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    • Eventually ! I really must get down to answering comments and your lovely one is the first Carolyn.
      I really do hope that you never have to go through 2015 again my friend.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  5. I’m so sorry to hear of (and see) all this flooding!

    Don’t worry about the comments. You are a real person with real person things that have be looked after! I like your posts – many thanks for sharing yourself and your Natascha and your kitties with us. 🙂

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    • Thank you dear Lynette. Flooding is not good, is it ?
      Comments need to be answered. Sorry I am so long in replying my friend.
      Love from Graz. Ralph xox ❤


    • Oui Georges. Beaucoup d’inondations. Merci pour votre goût des photos des chats mon ami. Passe une bonne soirée. Ralph 🙂

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  6. Dear Ralph, thanks for another warm and open post. It is saddening to see the floods and the great damage to people’s homes and environment. This autumn seems to re-design so many places on Earth. We are small in the huge forces of nature.
    Your blog is one of the very popular ones, rightly so. You give warmth and humour and what would we do without the wisdom of the cats. I am sad to hear about your hands but you have found a solution, even if it works like predictive texting.
    Take it easy, nobody is expecting you to sit there all day just to tell us …….

    Go with the flow and don’t overstrain yourself.

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    • Thank you so much for your understanding and long and varied comment dear Miriam.
      Take care. Bugs (mad voice/typing app). HUGS ! 🙂 Ralph xox ❤

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  7. No watering down the posts, Ralph! With all the floods in Spain and the US, we have enough water. Shaky or not – I think you do a great job!

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    • Okay GP, no watering down of posts. Thank you so much for your uplifting comment my friend. Ralph 🙂

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  8. I adore your posts! Don’t stress about answering my comments.
    However, all that flooding is vey stressful!
    Hello to Natascha, and pet the cats for me. Their eyeballs will be just fine! Much love to you and all! -Resa xoxoxo 💜💚💛💖

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    • I love to answer your comments dear Resa and I will always answer yours. Mind you it has taken nearly a fortnight ! I’m quick, aren’t I ?
      Yes, I am sure diktats (stupid voice/typing app) the cats’ eyeballs will be okay if I stop stroking their heads. I do hope that your eyes are much better now. Thank heavens I did not stroke your head ! 😉
      Love from Natascha, the three cats and myself. Ralph xoxoxo ❤

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  9. So much water, I cannot believe it, thinking of your lovely street. Poor Toni living on the bottom, surely lots of things are not usable anymore. Really sad.
    Apparently in Germany they have a shortage of petrol because the Rhine has so little water, that the heavy tankers cannot deliver it to all destinations. It would take more than a day of rain to fill the Rhine it says in the paper. How do different the weather is in Europe.
    Regarding your posts, they are always quite long, I am sure nobody would mind if they are a bit shorter and it takes you less time. Also we don’t mind regarding comments answers. We know you read them all and enjoy them. So don’t get stressed because of it. We all love you! Hugs xx

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    • Yes, it was a lot of water, wasn’t it ? Toñi is okay as her apartment is on the middle floor, just below my apartment.
      That is really interesting to read about the petrol shortage in parts of Germany.
      I don’t think I can shorten my posts as you suggest, but I may publish with longer intervals between the posts.
      Love from us in Graz. Ralph xox ❤

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  10. Sounds like you’ve found a great solution to the shaking hands. 🙂 … and don’t believe those cats, they love all pats. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Widdershins. We all love pats, don’t we ? 😉
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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  11. That flooding is devastating Ralph. Climate change and abuse of the planet is elevating these disasters for sure. I do believe God is angry at what man hath wrought on his beautiful earth. Glad you’re safe, and never apologize for how long it takes to respond. No doubt your blogs take painstakingly long to write because you put so much into them. Be well. 🙂 ❤ xx

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    • It is devastating Debby. I agree that God is going to sort things out soon.
      Thank you my friend, as you know setting up a post takes a lot of time, but I really do enjoy the process.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  12. So sorry about the flooding – yikes. We have the opposite problem out here – no rain. Take good care of yourself and don’t worry about responding to comments!

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    • Yikes indeed, Jan ! So sorry to read that you have had no rain. I will do a rain dance for you. Must Google how to do it 😉
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤


  13. Anche in Italia e nella mia della città di Roma ci sono stati tanti disastri allagamenti e alberi caduti la natura si ribella ai danni e alla avidità degli uomini.

    un abbraccio

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    • Sì, sono d’accordo con te, Shera, alla natura non piace quello che l’Uomo sta facendo al pianeta. Grazie per il video. Ricordo che quando vissi in Inghilterra molti anni fa un forte vento soffiava su un abete di 25 m che mancava di una casa a pochi centimetri. Parla di fortunato!
      Buona serata. Ralph xox ❤


    • Everything is back to normal. These Spanish locals are so resilient. Take care my friend YC. Ralph 🙂

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  14. Oh it is so bad. Probably all the landscape have changed and won’t be the same again. Glad you and the kitties are safe.

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    • Yes, it is bad having one’s home soaked. Thank you my friend, we are all safe.
      Have a lovely evening Inese. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Thanks goodness. We used to have this kind of emergencies before they erected a wall along the river. Those who never lived in such area may think that it is a clean water. It is not 😦 …

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  15. It seems there is flooding almost everywhere in the world! I hope everyone is recovering.
    Those auto-corrections are hilarious! No need to rush to comment; take your time.
    Just wondering: does Murli think the River Mur is named after her? 😀

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    • I have not heard anything about the cleanup in this Spanish village recently which probably means that everything is back to normal.
      This voice/typing app really keeps me busy as I am having to correct it constantly.
      Murli is just an Austrian name, Natascha says.
      Thank you for your wonderful comment dear Magick Mermaid. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Definitely no joke my friend. Thank you so much for giving me such lovely feedback about my posts dear Annette. Ralph xox ❤

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  16. It’s hard to hit the “like” button with all that devastation, Ralph. What clean-up of all that mud. But I’m glad you and yours are safe and dry.

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    • I know what you mean by using the Like button when a post is difficult to like, Diana, but clicking Like leaves the footprint that one has visited and read the post. Thank you for visiting and leaving your footprint (not muddy 😉 ). Ralph xox ❤

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  17. I have Functional Neurological Disorder, put simply, my brain is wrongly wired, lol. Which means I understand the hand shakes, I get non epileptic fits when my whole body shakes, but when typing sometimes my hands do a sort of a take-off manoeuvre which results in interesting words and buttons opening on the computer which I didn’t even know were there. As always love to you and Natasha and the cats. xxx

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    • Yes, everyone is okay Elizabeth. 🙂
      I am fine thank you, settled quite well in Graz. I hope that you are well and happy my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  18. Ralph, no watering down of the actual content, however you could shorten the post. No fun & tiring to do such long ones with your shaking hands. We want to know how you are and what you, Natascha & cats are doing! Keep that up & comment when you can! A simple thank you with a few emojis would suffice! We’d understand!! 📚🎶 Christine

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    • Okay Christine, no watering down. I find it difficult to draft short posts. I start off with just a simple idea and before I know it my posts seem to be made of elastic and stretch on for ever. I realise that you and everyone else who comments have put themselves out and deserve a decent reply. I may take a few days to answer, but I always will. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Ralph, understand perfectly! But, only respond when your shaky hands agree! Your posts are always a treat, and I appreciate your giving heart! Happiness always to you, Natascha & the kitties! 📚🎶Christine

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    • Thank you for your poem and link Fred. I freed your comment from my dashboard span. Goodness knows what it was doing there. Ralph 🙂

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    • Will do ! Thank you for your wonderful comment Mihran. Take care. Ralph 🙂


  19. Don’t worry about replying Ralph, I love reading your posts they make me chuckle although this one is terribly sad for all the residents in your old Spanish village 🙏

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  20. That was quite a rain storm. So you would have been trapped in the tower like Rapunzel at your old place. It looks like there was quite a bit of water in Austria as well. Hope you are both still doing well, and the kitties, of course.

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    • Yes, there was a lot of rain at the time. I think that you have been getting rain in California which is putting out the fires. I hope you are okay my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  21. It is tough when flooding occurs. My home gets that way from being lower than the neighboring complex. Hope this is a dryer and easier year for you! ☔🌞

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    • I’m so sorry to read that you have had to endure flooding krcc. NOT GOOD ! I hope that you never have to experience it again 🤔🤗


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