Today may well be the last summer-like day of 2016 here in Saint-Aignan. The temperature is supposed to hit 90ºF, and maybe 95, according to the weather sites we keep track of. Looking at historical averages, we would expect a temperature in the low 70s on this date. We can't complain. We have had a fantastic season, with only a few days that were unbearably hot. Mostly it's been pleasant since mid-June — dry and sunny.
We are expecting rain starting tomorrow and much cooler weather here at La Renaudière, in the vineyards outside Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher. It doesn't show in my photo above, but the grass is parched and brown all around. The grapevines, hedges, and trees stay green because they have deep roots. That's our house, surrounded by tall trees, in the middle of the picture (with a neighbor's to the right) and the river valley as a backdrop.
I'm looking forward to the change in the weather and the advent of a new season. The vegetable garden, except for the kale and the winter squash plants, is winding down now. Walt made six liters of tomato sauce yesterday, and he pulled out the three rows of green bean plants that have been so productive and threw them on the compost pile. I harvested and cooked kale. Signs of change... but still no sign that the grape harvest has begun.