14 January 2010

Januaries past

Januaries past were milder. And that kind of weather was what we had come to expect. Now that I say that, I have to admit that yesterday afternoon it really felt like springtime. The temperature hit 40ºF. And it's above freezing this morning.

The road up to La Renaudière on January 15, 2004.

Susan and Simon of Days on the Claise drove up to visit yesterday. We had lunch at home — Walt and I cooked. Then we took a nice afternoon drive up to Blois to do some shopping at the Asian supermarket. The sun shone brightly, though in shady places — mostly through forests — there was still snow on the road.

The Renaudière sunset seen from our bedroom window
on January 15, 2005.

I feel lucky this morning to be living in Saint-Aignan and not Port-au-Prince in Haiti. My experience of earthquakes in California really scarred my psyche. When the earth starts shaking, it gives you a strong feeling of hopelessness.

January 14, 2006: workers trimming the vines and
burning the clippings out in the Renaudière vineyard.

Rain is coming back in this afternoon, but what the heck. At least the house is standing and we have a roof over our heads.


  1. Even when the weather is less than comfortable it is important to remember that we are lucky people and there are much worse places or times on earth that we could be.
    We have fog and ice here and the snow still lingers but we are counting our blessings.

  2. I think Sue and Simon brought good weather with them- I'm glad you got to Blois.

    The disaster in Haiti is so bad. I do take solace in the fact that our government is quick to help as are so many relief organizations. It's too bad that it takes a disaster for us to realize that we are all family.

  3. Is it just me, or does it seem that all the nasty 'natural' disasters are happening to the people least able to cope?

  4. They call them Acts of God, don't they, though what sort of a god would do that to his people?


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