We all love to talk about the weather, for some of us its a favourite past time, mainly because in the UK we are always complaining about our weather and lack of sunshine.
Here in South West France you get more sunshine hours than the UK but not always when you expect them, e.g. New Years day for instance was a wonderful sunny day with 26 degrees at lunchtime, but July and August are supposed to be the most sunny and hot months of the year, but not this year it appears, July so far has been a mixed bag of mainly cloud, storms,wind and rain, which many of my French friends and neighbours are all talking about, which brings a smile to my face as its usually us Brits doing that.
They are all horrified at the weather and are stomping around in jumpers and coats with gloomy faces, they keep assuring themselves that the sun will be back soon, which I’m sure it will be, in fact this coming week its due to be back to a normal 30 to 36 degrees, so smiles will resume I’m sure.
Now usually i would be the one complaining about the weather, but as we have had so much work to do, installing our new pool and digging trenches to house the hundreds of neater of safety trunking for our garden power, water and data cables for internet all around the garden, [well yes as we spend loads of time in the garden i want to be able to access the internet now and again] so no long face for me, Kev and i have been smiling as its been cool great to work in, we have managed to get so much done, in-between the rain storms, but i will also be glad to see the sunshine again this week.
Marion and Ian have been down with us for the last two weeks and have been busy renovating their house and helping us with the pool. Ian’s brother Boris and his wife Lynn stopped off for a few days on their driving holiday around France. We managed to persuade the rain to take a brief break to give us a few nights of eating in the garden which was lovely.
And now the fields are beginning to turn summer yellow as the sunflowers are bursting open to bathe us with their golden glow.
Here are a few snaps of the past weeks happenings.