31 December 2009

Adieu 2009

Let's say goodbye to the year 2009 and wish for a better 2010. I hear a lot of people saying that 2009 was a stinker of a year, and that the whole decade that is ending was no better.

I agree about the decade, actually, but for us here in Saint-Aignan, 2009 was a great year weather-wise. We had a long, dry, warm summer — maybe to best one since we moved here nearly seven years ago. I can't overstate the importance of that. All the summertime warmth and sunshine really can recharge your batteries and power you through the short, gray, rainy days of a northern French winter.

Looking out the kitchen window, you'd think
it was early spring, not December 31.

That said, look at the pictures in this post to see what has happened to our winter weather. It basically went north. A couple of weeks ago we thought we might have a white Christmas. Instead, warm winds off the ocean to the southwest brought us mild temperatures and a lot more rain, and the end-of-year holidays turned green.

We've even had sun, as you can see. These are pictures out our windows that I took yesterday afternoon. Everything is green green green.

Looking out over the yard and the vineyard on December 30

Last night and the night before, we have had... guess what... thunder and lightning. In December, nearly January now, we are having April weather. I'm not quite saying shirt-sleeve temperatures, but it certainly isn't wintery.

Nobody understands what is going on. Does the weird weather bode ill or well for the future? At my age, it seems to me that I've heard about "weird" and unusual weather all my life. It's a constant theme. So I'm not sure what to think.

I feel like going out and working in the vegetable garden.
Well, not really.

Tomorrow, hello 2010. That seems like the only certainty at this point. Along with the busy day I'll have today, at the market and in the kitchen, getting a meal ready for company tomorrow.


  1. Wishing you and Walt a happy new year full of good health and new experiences.
    Leon and Sue

  2. Hi Ken, I just got back from a trip to the supermarket for some last minute shopping. It was very hectic ... even worse than last Thursday, Dec. 24th.

    I hope your trip to the market was less stressful :).

    Have a lovely New Year's eve and a brilliant start of 2010 tomorrow ! Best Wishes ! Martine

  3. happy 10 to you & Walt and thx for such a wonderful blog

  4. Happy 2010 to you both! What are you making for tomorrow's meal?


  5. It's mostly brown grass around here now. Your green grass reminds me of my old Kentucky home.

    Have a good dinner tonight. Here's a toast to our new decade, may it bring us peace and good weather!

  6. Happy 2010 to you and Walt.

  7. All my best wishes to you and Walt for 2010. Each year gives us the chance to make it better than the last.

  8. All the best for a happy, healthy new year!

  9. Happy New Year, Ken and Walt (and Callie)!

    Cheers, --clink!--
    Ellen and Bill (and Rebecca)

  10. The wintry weather's gone east as well -snowy and freezing in Krakow!

    Happy New Year to you both, and a special woof for Callie


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