It is raining and cold here, the washing takes ages to dry, the dog has turned the backyard into a mud pit and I will soon have to get my trusty lumberjack to deliver another load of wood for the fire. That means I will be spending a cold and wet afternoon in the rain carting the wood up the front steps and stacking it on the verandah. Brrrr. My pathetic complaints pale into insignificance compared to the weather some places in the world have been experiencing lately and definitely not as bad as the weather events detailed in this article.
An umbrella would not really help you with any of the seventy pound hailstones in Germany from 1348 and those showers of blood would really annoy me if I had just put the washing on the line.
Chasms in the earth spewing forth poisonous fluids and destructive fires that consume all in its way, gasses rising from the ground, infecting the air, and bringing on a plague. You don’t want any of this in your neighbourhood. I am interested in the way they have connected the fire and vapor from the earth with the venomous creatures falling from the sky. I don’t think that one generally follows the other as a matter of course. We have been hearing many reports of movements of the earth lately with volcanoes and earthquakes causing anxiety around the world but I don’t recall any rains of poisonous creatures being reported. I am not sure how the young serpents falling from the sky can be attributed to the rising gas either. If the insects were winged they can fall to earth but how did the serpents get up there to fall down? Poisonous, and, after impact, probably annoyed, creatures dropping from the sky sounds like the type of weather that would keep me at home.
The soft, fatty substance resembling butter that fell from the sky during the night in 1695 in Ireland would never be smeared upon any part of my body unless that body part had already been amputated. I wonder what the astonishing cures were? Hmmm….(cue fade out to peasant women talking over the back fence) Those terrible lumps on my body are turning black, Mavis. Maybe this mystery substance that I found in the garden might help. Did you hear about Mrs Smith up the road? Died of the plague, they say. If she had some of this stuff I’m sure she would have been ok…..