Monday, later -
There is a blizzard situation between the church and my balcony. Wind is swirling snow off the church into the alley, and the balcon is being sprayed with it. On my expedition for cigarettes I found it to be much worse than imagined. Our alley is a snow trap; it is calf-deep. There's no path because I'm the only idiot to try it. Out of breath by the time I got to the street. There, there were ruts, half-full and easier. Getting up the stairs - no stairs, just a slope - not easy but took it slowly. No easier at the top; no paths. Saw tabac was closed. Got a loaf of bread though.
Cannot see anything in harbor from the balcon by the boulangerie. A wall of grey full of flecks. Kids were snowboarding down the steps between the flowers and the France. Hardly anybody about; just refugees hiding in the France - where I went after seeing the other tabac was closed. Remember that! When the going gets tough there aren't any cigarettes. I think I have two left.
Found a rut going back along the quay around the Vieux Port. Were the boats surging? Seemed to be more back-and-forth than up-and-down. Our corner, between the quay and Templars, that is where it is like a blizzard, flurries coming down the hill, smack smashed in the face in the alley. How hard can it be to lift feet with the snow calf-deep? Twenty metres of it and you are KO.
Let's call the situation the big dump. It's two weeks until spring. If this lot goes all at once there's going to be a lot of water. Don't park in Collioure's storm ditches.
Odd hearing the weather on France-Info. Usually all about everywhere else. Not today. No trains. Airport closed. Trucks ruled off the roads. Spain is closed. Or the other way around; we are closed.
Monday, still later -
I need a cigarette. My hopes are pinned to a rapid thaw tonight so I can hop, skip and prance over and up to the tabac, which will be open and waiting for me with wide open packs of Gitanes, garlands of cheery Xmas lights, and a Bic to light one with. That's all I want.
Look out da winda and I see... darkness, because it's nighttime. Estimate that the snow is over a foot deep but it's stopped falling. There are some breezes so I imagine there are some extra-deep drifts. I think I felt these in the alley where some snow seemed to come above my knees.
I hope the future resembles the forecast and all the white shit melts before Friday and the red carpet doesn't get too soggy.
Oh, I forgot - other sources have been saying, warning really, about exceptionally big waves tonight while we are peacefully sleeping in our cozy beds. They also said that those at risk had been 'removed' from areas of danger but they probably said that last weekend too when 50 people drowned. An early report said the waves would be six metres high, so places like St Cyprien were being evacuated. Didn't say anything about Collioure, Port Vendres or Banyuls. Apparently France doesn't believe there's snow in Perpignan so they had to put it on the TV news; claimed 30 cms, showed bewildered drivers. Then they claimed 25 cms for Argeles but there was no video of it.
Oddly, with the Orange Alert last night they clearly said there would be no school buses today. So of course a lot of parents drove their kids to school this morning, from Perpignan to private schools outside, and then they couldn't drive out to pick up the kids. The roads were impassable.
Go on, hurry up and melt! Hand on heart, truth, they say the last time this happened around here was 1993, 17 years ago. Or was it 1974?