I am developing a theory.  I call it the theory of hydromagnetology :

When three or more Irish people get together, the hydromagnetological attraction becomes increasingly powerfully, drawing rain-clouds to their vicinity.

Some empirical evidence :

Last October, we basked in sunshine and temperatures in the mid twenties.  Then Granny came out for a two-week visit.  The rain moved in the day she arrived and departed the day after her.

We all (five of us) went to California for Christmas, bringing the total of Irish people in my sister’s household to somewhere between seven and nine (I’m not sure what nationality her kids are).  It rained for the entire two weeks we were there.

This week, Elayne arrived on Tuesday.  It rained on and off for the next three days.  It even rained in Nice the day we dropped her there for her flight home.  Coincidence?  I think not.

Irish friends came to visit for the weekend.  Obviously, Elayne’s presence during the week had already upset the hydromagnetologism of the region.  The influx of another two Irish bodies was too much for the system, causing a veritable waterfall to pour from the sky over the whole region for all of Saturday. Thank goodness, they left today.  The forecast for the rest of the week is good UNTIL SATURDAY!

What happens on Saturday?  More Irish people are due to arrive – the YD, her BF, my big sister & her hubby.  It’s possible that the Big Sister and Hubby will count as American in hydromegnetological terms.  Let’s just wait and see how much rain falls next weekend before we attach a definitive label to them.

And with the YD and her BF here until September, I suspect Provençe could have its wettest summer on record.


I hope the French don’t get wind of my hydromagnetological research.  They might deport us in order to protect their valuable tourism industry.


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