February 2 is called La Chandeleur, or Candlemas, a religious holiday that is not a day off in France, but is widely celebrated. The celebration, which falls on the 40th day after Christmas, involves making and eating the thin little pancakes called crêpes. That's what we'll be doing today.
Meanwhile, it's supposed to rain starting later this morning. That might inconvenience some of our neighbors — especially the one who is in the process of sawing and splitting logs to be used as firewood. He had half a dozen trees on his property cut down in December. The cold weather of January slowed his work down. Now the rain will impede progress.
Lichens in a pear tree chez les voisins
It's a lot warmer now. The thermometer reads +8ºC this morning — between 45º and 50ºF. There's no frost, and no danger of ice or snow. Just rain. However, it's still winter. The hours of daylight are lengthening day by day, but skies are gray. It'll be a good day to stay in and make crêpes. And eat them. I imagine there will be photos tomorrow.
We did have a nice winter sunset a couple of evenings ago. It's not as bright and colorful as sunsets can be in other seasons, but you have to enjoy what you get. The sunset this evening will be hidden by a thick layer of clouds.