...... just how it should be!
The deep purple of this pelargonium against the intense yellow of the marigolds is more striking in reality than I was able to catputre with the camera.
..... and temperatures today are as expected for this time of year (32.5c) this afternoon, although it was quite a fresh start to the day (14c).
In preparation for an upcoming print job, I've spent the afternoon in the shed servicing my trusty old guillotine. As it's not used very often now, there is a relay which is inclined to stick. It avoids a lot of nasty grinding and damage if it's all fettled up before switching on - I'm pleased to report that all is working well. I've still got to tackle the stitcher, but that is usually very reliable - it'll just need a thorough clean.
Time for a dip in the pool .......
.... and getting back to somewhere near the norm for this time of year. A mixture of cloud and sunshine has predominated over the last couple of days, but the sustained period of rain has made everything start growing rapidly again. The mower will be needed in a couple more days, evidently. Often it's not required between May and September.
Found time to manage a few contacts on 6m yesterday evening - some very strong signals from Spain and Scandinavia this morning, too.
of really unseasonal weather (we even had to get the winter duvet out again!) things are starting to improve today and not only has it not rained, despite the forecast, it's been largely sunny too.
This enabled some work in the pool, which needed a thorough clean, and lunch on the deck for the first time since returning home more than a week ago. Hopefully the improvement will continue.
There are several hibiscus bushes in the garden, which are very colourful this time of year.
...... gave us a chance to sample some brioche baked in the village bakery. It still uses a traditional wood-fired oven, and the various products are made from flour ground in the adjacent water mill.
The brioche was certainly very good indeed, as was the sunflower seed bread which we also bought.
The mill is powered by two large water wheels.
This shot shows the gear room where the power is transferred via pulleys and straps to the upper floor where the actual milling takes place. The flour descends down the grey pipe at the back, and goes straight into large sacks placed beneath the pipe.
.... for this time of year. It's hardly stopped for the last couple of days, and our butts (5 x 510 litres) are nearly all full again now! Usually the only rainfall over the summer here is that associated with thunder storms. Temperatures are beginning to improve a little, but are still way below average for July. We managed a maximum of 21c this afternoon. According to the forecast, there's no sign of any "normal" weather well into next week. Hmm.
..... but greeted by unseasonal weather. It's been glimpses of sun and some heavy rain showers all afternoon and evening. The temperature is chilly - only 16c. It is 10pm, but it was only about 18c max this afternoon. A few small repairs to do as always when you've been away - one leg of the 80m dipole is down, an issue with the pool heating .... but nothing major. A friend will arrive for a visit tomorrow, so much to do in the morning before heading for Limoges airport. Hopefully some more pics, soon!
..... two more days of work for this tour, then it's back up to the NW on Saturday night. A busy day on Sunday - preparation for a music festival in late August - then head for the south again on Monday to get the night boat from Portsmouth to Caen. French sunshine again on Tuesday - hopefully!!
.... but I survived! It's been cloudy and a bit chilly with a keen breeze for a few days now. Still a few more days to do, but I'm starting to look forward to being homeward bound and getting some French sunshine .... let's hope the remaining work days will be a bit easier than today.
..... and not much time for anything else at the moment. Long and demanding days in this venue. There's some impressive orchids in the building, so I'm hoping to get a photo of some soon ....
..... of the school where I was working, were some very mature and impressive redwood trees.
This photo is one of the younger specimens.
There were many ground shoots at the base of the trees - David decided he wanted to try his luck at rooting a couple.
Even if we are successful, we'll never see them fully mature like the specimens from which they've come. The oldest ones were clearly some hundreds of years old.
.... has kept it dry in these parts all week.. I've now moved on from the splendour of the country school, and the next two weeks look like being much more demanding.. David did manage to come away from his visit to the school with an interesting souvenir, a photo of which I will try to post later on.
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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.