Just a few summertime pictures today. Yesterday was one of those days when it got uncomfortably hot by late in the afternoon. Then the weather changed. They had predicted rain for us and the rest of the western half of the country, and we did get a few drops.
But it was only a few drops, and the clouds had moved on through in about an hour's time. The main thing was that the wind started blowing, and then the air cooled down, so the house started to cool down again. Especially upstairs, where we were, because all the windows were open and the fan was going.
Today the high temperature in Saint-Aignan is supposed to be in the mid-70s again — much cooler. It's breezy and "fresh" this morning. In fact, Walt protested when I started opening windows in the downstairs part of the house a minute ago, saying it's supposed to be chilly today! I think the house feels stuffy.
Out back, the grass just keeps getting browner and browner. It hasn't been a good year for stone fruit, in part because it's been too dry and the fruit hasn't had a chance to plump up. The apples look good, and we'll probably have a ton of them this year. I'll make apple jelly and apple sauce.
The pictures in this post are ones that I took in July 2005, when we'd been here only a couple of years. Now it's our ninth summer in Saint-Aignan, and the driest but not the hottest.