.... although it's going to be a rather brief spell, since work in Asia is looming later next week.
Leaving a cold, snow-bound UK last Saturday night, I arrived back home early on Sunday afternoon, and it was 24C on the sun deck - such a difference! Having said that, spring is very late indeed this year - the nectarine tree has usually finished flowering by the time I get back from my March work - this year it's only just starting. Similarly the magnolia stellata is only just coming into flower and I normally miss that, too. It was bright and sunny all day today, although a northerly wind pegged the temperature to 21C, so we spent much of the day cleaning the pool and its surrounding patio, ready for the new season. The water is only up to 17C at the moment - another sign of the long winter we've had - so I won't be getting a swim before I have to set off for work again.
here in SE England at the moment. It's not been above 6c this week, and most if the time it's been around 3c. For late March this is not encouraging. It seems it will be a late spring again this year. There is disruptive snow forecast for Saturday, but fortunately it should hit further up the country - I sincerely hope so, as I'm bound for the south coast and the ferry home once I finish work on Saturday afternoon. By stark contrast, the forecast for home is 20c tomorrow!!
..... even in the south of England, and this past week has been cold, with snow showers, especially earlier in the week. A change of venue today, but it remains cold - about 4c - and it's rained most of the day, too. The coming week will be quite tough, with frequent changes of venue and the consequent worry of traffic problems and locating unknown locations. It will be good to be able to head for the port on Saturday evening! Hopefully the weather will have picked up by the time I get home next Sunday and things will feel more spring-like.
... this week. The weather has been unseasonably cold today - it's been snowing on and off all day, with a brisk easterly wind making it feel even colder.
It was a difficult start to the week this morning, but the afternoon improved and an early finish was something of a bonus!
I'm hoping this wintry weather is not going to last long - it was a struggle to get the room to a comfortable
.... with friends visiting and meals to prepare, but a good time has been had by all, so that makes it all worthwhile.
Work looms again next week, so I must set off for the UK once again this afternoon.
Temperatures have been much milder of late, but winter is perhaps not completely behind us yet ....
.... yesterday, the day dawned bright and sunny today (as it had been forecast for yesterday) and hopefully it will remain that way all day. We have a trip to Limoges airport this afternoon to pick up a friend who is coming to visit for a few days, so some better weather would be very helpful this week!
This shot shows some recently germinated seeds from a Stone Pine tree. They've been potted up now, but it's too early to tell if they will take. The process of germinating them is interesting, as they have to be wrapped in wet moss and kept in the fridge for two months to persuade them into life.
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.
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