Just a few photos of some trees that are in bloom right now. The weather has turned gray and chilly but the colors are still nice. Whites and pinks dominate at this time of year.
It's always something, isn't it? The chimney above our wood-burning stove seems to be stopped up. We didn't have it swept last fall because the man who usually does that job never responded to my phone calls.
One day in October we heard on the news that chimney sweeps in France were overwhelmed by the high number of calls they were getting. The reporter said that so many people had started burning wood because of the high price of heating oil that it would be better to wait until spring to have your chimney swept.
So we waited. We crossed our fingers that we wouldn't have a fire, because without an annual certificate from a chimney sweep our insurance wouldn't cover us.
Yesterday morning I called Monsieur Lucas and actually got him on the phone. I told him about our problem and asked whether he could come sweep the chimney this week. I fully expected him to say no, he was too busy. But instead, he said he'd be here within 24 hours. We expect him this morning.
We still have the boiler and radiators for heat, and we need heat right now. It is chilly outside. Maybe later today we'll be able to have a wood fire again.