Apologies again to any readers
that might be interested in my column. I am still working on that academic text
on overmodelled skulls - writing until 3 or 4am each morning - and it does not
leave much time for other writing. I should be finished by Monday, and then
things will get back to normal.
The three days of rain and
cold weather here at the beginning of the week surprised many people, but not
the older peasant inhabitants of the island. It had not actually rained like
that here on Eivissa/Ibiza for 20 years. It will make the island safer this
summer - from forest fires, that is, which are a much-feared but relatively
recent normal summer hazard. Recent studies in southern Spain indicate that
only 3% of forest fires are begun by natural causes, so be wary if you are a
tourist here in August: don't throw your lighted cigarette out your car window
into the grass by the side of the road.
The weather here since November
last year, combined with the recent rains, make things look as if (at least
temporarily) they might be getting back a little bit to what it used to be like
here before. An old shepherd near my house told me two days ago that this last
six months or so has been a bit more like it was when he was young, over 70
years ago. There is a lot of catching up to do, though. Another old peasant
from near San Mateo told me that maybe the water rituals they did last year
really paid off (see my previous articles in six weekly series about water in
Weekly Editions 026 Saturday 18th August, 027 Saturday 25th
August, 028 Saturday 1st September, 029 Saturday 15th
September and 030 Saturday 22nd September 2001)!
But if this sort of weather
keeps up, people in England may find people from Eivissa coming over there to
holiday (we hear the weather has been superb in England recently)!
Until next week, then.
Kirk W Huffman