It's been raining for days. Not steadily, but repeatedly. Bands of big dark clouds keep blowing in off the Atlantic. Recently, because the wind and rain have been coming in from the southwest, temperatures have been exceptionally mild, morning and afternoon.
Now the weather is changing and the rain bands are coming in from the northwest, off more northerly, colder stretches of ocean. Oh well, I guess some kind of change is better than none at all.
And the wind has been amazing. We are still getting used to living upstairs, right under the roof. My impression of it at this point has to include the sound of wind whistling under the eaves. The house doesn't shake the way the wood frame house we lived in back in San Francisco did — it's built of brick and concrete, so it's more solid. But you can still feel the wind blow. You can especially feel its chill, since the walls downstairs aren't well insulated.
It's supposed to rain today. Surprise, surprise. We're on the very southern limit of the main rainstorm, so it will be hit or miss here in Saint-Aignan. North of us, Normandy and Picardy, not to mention areas north of there, including Belgium, will get another good soaking.
Tomorrow, however, they say a band of chilly rain will cross all of France, from northwest (Brittany) to southeast (the Alps). It should go through Saint-Aignan in the middle of the day. I'm planning to make a choucroute garnie to ward off the cold. (That's a link to a 2009 post about sauerkraut as it's prepared and served in France.)
And after that, miracle of miracles, they're saying we will see the sun for three or four days. Maybe by Tuesday and Wednesday we'll be able to get outside and clean up some of the mess of autumn leaves you see in these pictures. If they have time to dry out a little, we might even be able to burn some of them.