After my big moan yesterday, I have to be honest and say that this has been one great summer in the Loire Valley. We haven't had quite enough moisture, but the ground is not powder dry now, and we have had very many beautiful days.
It was just that blast of hot humidity that got to me this week. The dry heat isn't so bad, it's true. We are lucky not to have experienced another Grande Canicule like the one that nearly killed us in 2003. That summer, day after day of temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s were brutal.
Anyway, we had just a little bit of refreshing rain yesterday, and it's supposed to rain a little bit today too. Temperatures have fallen as predicted. It's almost chilly this morning, and we are breathing easy again.
One of the nice things about this summer's weather has been the wide blue skies we've enjoyed. A couple of mornings ago, Walt called me to come have a look at a hot-air balloon that was drifting out over the vineyard. I grabbed my camera and took the photos here from a bedroom window.