22 April 2011

Day after day...

...of fine weather. Today again the high temperature is supposed to be close to 80ºF, with bright sunshine. It's abnormal, but very pleasant. People are sunbathing on the beaches of France.

Here in Saint-Aignan, we aren't sunbathing, but the people who work in the vineyards are out there in shorts and tee-shirts. It's good painting weather, because we can open windows to ventilate the house and we don't have to wear bulky clothes.

Yesterday's sunset

Meanwhile, I'm keeping an eye on the little pond out back. It's full of tadpoles. I don't know if they are frog tadpoles or toad tadpoles. Tadpoles in French are called têtards, which derives from the word tête, meaning head. In other words, tadpoles are big-headed things.

The pond, called une mare in French

If these are têtards de grenouilles, we'll probably hear the frogs before we see them. If they are têtards de crapauds, we'll see the toads all over the place in a few days. Toads are good — they feed on insects and slugs.

The tadpoles, also known as "polliwogs" in America

A few years ago, we had a pond full of little green frogs that chirped day and night for a while. Frogs are good too, because they eat mosquitoes, among other insects. And no, nobody came to catch some for dinner, at least as far as I know.


  1. It's going to be nicer in your neighborhood than mine today.

  2. As you say Ken... you'll pay for it later! I see that some regions of France are already on water restriction notices.

  3. Wow, the colors in these photos are so bright and beautiful. Great!


  4. Beautiful photos today, Ken! The tadpole photo looks like a Japanese painting.

  5. The tadpoles are sweet and a sure sign of spring. Love your sunset photo!

  6. I do agree with Chris about the Japanese painting!

  7. We haven't yet had our onslaught of mosquitoes.


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