Tomates du jardin
The other crop that seems to be enjoying the weather right now is the grapes. There are a lot of them, it seems to me, despite earlier predictions that the 2012 yield would be small. I haven't seen any grapes that look like they are starting to ripen, but it's still early.
Grappes de raisin
Have I mentioned the Saint-Aignan zoo in a while? With the arrival of two giant pandas from China earlier this year, attendance has skyrocketed, according to news reports we've seen on the national TV channels. Yesterday I went shopping in Contres, 10 miles north of Saint-Aignan. When I headed home back around 10:30 a.m., I was caught in a traffic jam for 20 minutes, which is how long it took to drive the two miles from the train station, through the traffic circle, and across the Saint-Aignan bridge.
That may not sound so bad to you, but traffic around Saint-Aignan this summer is much worse than ever before. It's everybody going to the zoo. There's no bypass around the town, and there's only the one ancient, narrow bridge. The people who own and operate the Beauval zoo want the town to build a second bridge and a new road to make it easier for tourists to get to the zoo from the north (from Blois, Orleans, and Paris). It'll be interesting to see what changes take place here over the next few years.
Meanwhile, I have to think twice before going to SuperU (near the zoo) or Intermarché (across the river) to do my shopping, at least for the rest of August. It takes to long. Maybe I'll start driving over toward Montrichard, 10 miles west, to shop in the supermarkets there.