I slept peacefully, but when I got up this morning my left arm, into which the Moderna shot was administered yesterday morning, felt extremely sore. And my back and shoulders seemed unusually stiff. Sitting here in front of my laptop, I have watery eyes and a lot of congestion. I'm coughing. I just felt a distinct chill up and down my spine. Are these side effects from the Moderna vaccine, or am I just feeling my age? It's pretty cold outside (+3ºC), but the house is warm. With any luck, this will be a quiet day. It's Walt's turn to walk out in the vineyard with Natasha this morning. I'm planning to make a beef and broccoli stir fry for lunch. It's a quick and easy recipe.
This is what the Loire looked like at Amboise on the same July day when I took the photos at Blois that I posted yesterday. There's as much mud as water visible in the riverbed.
Here's what the bridge at Amboise looked like on a June day a few years earlier. Notice how much of the stonework is visible, and how much headroom there is under the bridge arches.
Here's the Amboise bridge on a sunny, cold December day (photos above and below) not long after we came to live here. A huge volume of water was moving down the Loire towards the river's mouth from its source about 450 miles distant.
In December 2003, the Loire rose 4.5 meters (nearly 15 feet) above its normal level. In 1856, it rose 8 meters (26 feet) above that level and big parts of the town were flooded.
I've been up for almost two hours now and I'm feeling about the same. Maybe it's time to lie down for a few minutes. My head aches and my shoulders are still very stiff. I'm not complaining, just reporting. Okay, moaning just a little.