Sunday, January 13, 2008

Closed Airport and Dirty Feet

Well the airport is still closed. As you can imagine it is causing huge problems including no mail, airfreight, or newspapers and the number of stranded passengers is growing by the day!!!! We have friends stuck in Australia who can't get back and friends stuck here who can't go anywhere.
As I type this I can hear a plane - hmmmm most interesting - not sure if it will land but obviously someone is trying.....will let you know????

Marie asked me yesterday whether we get ash at our place and yes Marie we do. Every year at this time the wind blows from the north-west which is what direction the volcano is from here!!

If the volcano is quiet then there is no problem but ... if the volcano is active we do get ash. Usually the rain clears it away and the airport is only closed for a couple of days at the most - I can't remember the airport being closed for this long before. Hopefully that plane has landed and taken some of the stranded tourists, business people and students out of here.

Last night we had a dinner party and as we always eat outside we had to sweep and dust the ash off everything before everyone came.

Yuk what dirty feet I had!! Every night in the shower I have to use a scrubbing brush!!!

41 comments:

quin[tarantino] said...

Nice to meet those dirty feet, Mrs. Jules!
I liked the idea of having a photo of feet with ashes...

Jules said...

Thanks Quinto - I'm afraid i just looked down and they are this colour again - lucky we don't have carpet!!!

Marcel said...

Most airports around the world close because of bad weather. So, your airport closing from volcanic ash is a tad unusual. It does sometimes happen here in Alaska too when one of our mountains blows its top. Luckily for us folks in Sitka our volcano Mt. Edgecombe has not acted up for many thousands of years.

We were living in Washington State when Mt. St. Helens blew in 1980. I was riding my large street motorcycle in Eastern Washington when she blew the 1st time. It was an experience I will never forget riding in the ash that got over a foot deep, it was like riding in snow. The State Police had closed the roads, but there was no way I was going to get stuck so I rode around the barricades and headed home to my family. It took me days to clean the bike and all the ash out of my clothing.

Good luck staying and keeping things clean. I hope your airport opens soon!

Cheers

Clueless in boston said...

All that ash must get in everything. I hope you aren't a real stickler for keeping your house super clean:)

Clarice said...

What an exciting, if that is the word, place to live. I shall be coming back. Take care and best wishes.

Clarice said...

That's good to know:-)

Ineke said...

I can imagine the ash will be a bore (at least) but i think my kids would find it the coolest thing to have real vulcano ash on their feet :)

dive said...

Cool!
And what sexy feet you have, Jules!
Hee hee.

Jilly said...

Your blog is never less than 100% amazing. What a tale of the vulcano. Love the dirty feet. That's a classic. Hope the ash stops falling and flights start up soon.

Great posts, Jules.

oldmanlincoln said...

You got lots of guts lady. I would flee in terror at the first belch of the volcano. When it snows there I would pack up and leave.

lv2scpbk said...

You weren't kidding when you said dirty feet. Wow! LOL

alicesg said...

No fun having ash from Volcano. In 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines suddenly roared ... the ash spread over to Singapore, leaving inches of thick ashes on our cars. Please stay safe and take care.

M.Benaut said...

Ripper feet, Jules; they look very Australian, however.

As for the ash; why don't you bottle it and sell it to the tourists ?
I loved Jilly's comment; what you show us is amazing, and it's great to see the reactions from all round the world too.

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a fun post this turned into Jules.. Im glad you can mke light of this.. as for your feet.. you could grow mushrooms between them toes.. :O)

imac said...

Just catching up here, terrible news Jules, hope it all calms down soon for you and ev1.
Nice photos.

Donna said...

Love the feet!!!!! Much love to you!!

Mme Benaut said...

No mail, no newspapers. Thank goodness for the internet and blogville! I sometimes use a scrubbing brush too for my size 7's but M.B often hops into bed with slighty dirty feet since he is barefoot as much as possible.

Michael said...

Always a great time coming here to see what's new in your neck of the woods. Pretty soon Eric will have to start a [name] Volcano Daily Photo series!

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about this life. It is most interesting...

Eric said...

Really amazing a story I must say. Only in the City Daily Photo world can you hear about someone having ashes from a volcano blowing in her way!

Marie said...

You really have a lot of "dust." Thank you for answering my question, Jules.

I have granted you (and nine other blogger friends) the You Make My Day award, which Olivier granted to me today.

Jules said...

Hi All - thanks for all the messages. My feet are now squeaky clean - ash has eased and planes are flying!!!


Mr B - i think my feet are pretty good considering all the bindies and bull heads, dry gullies, hot bitumen roads they have been over as a child growing up in the bush.!!!

Marie - many thanks - you all make my day too!!!

Neva said...

Like I said....way too much excitement where you live! Nice photos......dirty feet and all!

Noel Touring in Roncinante said...

Hello Jules,

Itb is very interesting to read your blog,,I used to live in 2nd 22ns street in Rabaul; about 3 lifetimes ago!!!!

I worked for P&T in nearly 70's!!

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