We’ve had so much rain this weekend the stream is running for the first time this rainy season (always October and November). The ‘ancients’, as our predecessors over the centuries before us are called in the village, built the stream bed round the head of the valley above the house to stop water coursing off the cliffs in all directions and flooding the in-bye restanques and the house itself (see 5 November last year).
Every winter, once the land is well wetted in the first autumn rains, surface water streams down the steep ground among the cliffs around us and, if there has been a drenching of more than 60mm in the day, the ‘ruisseau’ flows.
The same happens in the cave which fills and overflows. On wet days like this in winter, more than 100 cu metres an hour floods down the usually bone dry Baume Obscure water-course into the River Gapeau in the valley below.