Talk about paying for all that nice sunny weather we had in April! We've now have a normal month's worth of rain since Thursday night. That's just over 50 millimeters, or just over 2 inches. Today and tomorrow, we are supposed to get another inch of rain, or maybe more. I hope the Citroën floats...
The landscape, including the leaves out in the vineyard, is incredibly green now.
A river runs behind it — that's our house. The duck pond out back, which actually has a pair of ducks breeding or at least feeding in it these days, is overflowing as much as I've ever seen it overflow. The tractor path that goes down to the vineyard parcels just north of our house was a fast-flowing stream when I took Callie out for a damp walk yesterday afternoon.
Nice weather for... snails
We were out for a drive from before noon until after 5:00 p.m. yesterday. In one village, we saw a country lane that had been completely flooded by what is normally a babbling brook. Luckily, that wasn't the way we needed to go. In another village, a larger road had a small river running over it. It wasn't deep enough to keep us from passing, but prudence was the order of the hour.
Canes stapled to the wires will support bunches of fat grapes in a couple of months.
Walt's going to try to go to the open-air market in Saint-Aignan this morning, unless the rain really starts coming down hard again. He wants to get some asparagus and some strawberries, if there are any to be had. These local specialty crops are coming in very late this spring.
My impression of our current landscapes and skies.
The good news about the Citroën is that is has a very pleasant ride. I figured out how to use the on-board computer, and over the course of our drive we covered 147 kilometers yesterday. Our average speed was 56 kph. The car consumed 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers — that's how fuel economy is measured in France. In U.S. terms, that's 50.5 miles per gallon (and in British terms, over 60 mpg). Not bad. And the windshield wipers work just fine.