... so far, making it feel much less like summer than we've come to expect, but the garden has benefited if nothing else.
With the days shortening noticeably of late, my mind has begun to turn towards the changing season and the necessary preparations for winter have already begun. The woodshed is filling up nicely, but there's still more to do if we are to have enough for the whole winter. We don't usually need the fire until late October, but once lit, it will stay in use constantly until the end of March.
We've already had some uncomfortably high temperatures - 43°c - last month and it seems we have another spell of intense heat coming in the next few days. Such temperatures make it hard to do very much at all, and certainly anything outside is quite out of the question ! The worst should be over by Friday, according to the forecasters.
... at Le Vigeant today came about because we were lucky enough to be given two tickets for a big event sponsored by Ferrari. It's an event held as a fund raiser for cancer research which is now in its 25th year.
It was blisteringly hot with temperatures in the mid 30s, so you had to seek regular periods of shade to recover. It was an interesting spectacle, with the old vehicles being of greater interest as far as I was concerned.
... for the month of May has been dominant for the last week. We even resorted to lighting the fire again this past weekend ! Although the sun is high and strong this time of the year, we haven't seen much of it of late ... this unusual halo effect appeared a few days ago, with the sun behind some high cloud.
David decided to remove a somewhat unruly shrub at the base of a tree in the garden and to replace it with a flower bed ... it looks a bit sparse at the moment, but it will no doubt fill out as the plants become established. It should make mowing that patch a bit easier, anyway .
Work continues to arrive for our print shop in significant quantities, such that there is no need to advertise any longer. At times we have more than would be ideal, to be honest !
Next weekend, we have something of a clash, with our village, and a neighbouring one both holding their spring markets and plant sales. We take a stall at these to promote our business, but this year it is creating loads of extra work since we need to double up on most of our display materials to cover both venues. Given how busy we are already, we could have done without that !
... has been much in abundance and there is plenty of colour in the garden and the hedgerows, now.
We have been busy with clearing trees on our property which overhang phone wires along the lane. I'm not sure why the local council has now decided that it's our responsibility to do it, when they have taken care of it over the last 20 years, but I guess cut-backs in funding may well be behind it. We hired the cherry picker to get the necessary access at height, so that part of the job is done, although there still remains some significant clearing to do at lower levels. It will be several days before it's all sorted ... at least the weather is set fine and dry for the week ahead.
Have you sampled any of the live recordings of choral music featured on the Moments Musicaux page of the website?
Or there's a Christmas Carol selection available here.
Michel - just an ordinary guy, I guess. A musician by trade and into 'techy' things as 'relaxation'. Originally from the UK, but resident in France for 13 years.