It only rains on the good people!

There is a saying in UK and probably in other temperate countries that ‘the sun only shines on the righteous’! Here in Saudi Arabia the locals say that it ‘only rains on the good people’.
I arrived in Saudi in 1986 and it was a regular winter occurrence to have the most amazing thunder and lightning storms accompanied with torrential rain and water flowing in the wadis. Obviously, we were all living very wholesome lives! However, since then the winters became much drier and despite prayers for rain and some cloudy days not much precipitation occurred.
This last couple of weeks the weather forecast has sounded hopeful that we have seen the error of our ways and we waited with anticipation for the ‘heavens to open’ and give us some long awaited rain. The newspapers have been filled with reports of floods in areas north, south, east and west of us but not a spot fell in Tabuk! This afternoon it seemed like things were to change. The clouds built up, the sky darkened and a few rain spots became a heavy shower.

Alas, it didn’t last long and the sun soon came out again.
I suppose, us Tabukkies still have to reform our characters and to push to point further- I had just had my windows cleaned 2 hours before!


Shopping and storm

Spent the morning in town shopping. Hadn’t been shopping since about July!!- well in Tabuk that is! Also stopped by the tailor to get a dress copied- a handy facility that beats any western tailoring in price but perhaps nt always in quality. My dresses should b ready on Monday as they’ll b closed for a couple f days fr Eid.
Managed a wee bit of study in the afternoon before going for a massage. Just a I was about to go the rain started. By the time I left te salon there were huge puddles everywhere ad te thunder and lightning started. Weirdly this happened yesterday about the same time and it’s forecast for tomorrow too! Spent over half an hour watching the lightning from the upstairs bedroom and attempted to catch some f it on photo. Paul and I reminisced How we regularly used to get amazing lightning storms when we lived on the airbase in the 80’s and 90’s but hadn’t seen many for years. We’re now wondering if we’ll see any ‘wadi action’ on our way to Aqaba on Wednesday.