27 September 2011

L'arrière saison — so nice

The weather is making news in France again. This year is an odd one. After three unusual months of sun and drought in the spring —April, May, and June — we had a rainy July and a very rainy August. People started complaining that their summer had been washed out.

Now here we are at the end of September — already — and we are having weather that you might call Indian Summer. Except it's too early for that. In France, this is called the arrière-saison. It's fall, but you wouldn't think so if you went outdoors. It (still) feels like summer. Better than summer, actually.

The weather on Wednesday and Thursday
will be excellent, they predict.

People who work for a living, and students of all ages, are probably feeling slightly short-changed. They're back on the job now, or back in school. They can't take full advantage of the fine sunshine and warm temperatures. We retirees are luckier. Walt finished trimming the hedge yesterday. We've been cleaning up the vegetable garden. A good friend from California arrives tomorrow for a stay of three or four weeks. She has lucked out with the current weather.

Saturday and Monday look good too. (I skipped Friday and
Sunday because I didn't want you to have to
put on sunglasses to read this.)

How much like summer does it feel? Well, the days are definitely shorter now than they were in July. But temperatures are warmer an in July or August. Afternoon highs are predicted to hit 80ºF or higher — 27ºC or higher — in Saint-Aignan and much of northern France for the next week. With no rain.

A few days ago I was predicting an early autumn. I have to take that back.


  1. Ooh la la! The lucky friend who is arriving in time for the good weather!

  2. Have fun, Cheryl!!

    Great weather is a wonderful thing :) Enjoy it!

    We're having crisp autumn weather and sun. Great :)

  3. Hope the weather holds for you, Cheryl. You are in for some fun no matter what weather you have.

  4. Best regards Cheryl. Have a great time. Enjoy the weather, the food and the wines. Be careful with champagne! LOL

  5. Cheryl

    Have a wonderful time in France. This week TF-1 has a series on Champagne during its Journal de 13H.
    Here is today's segment

    Yesterday it was on Oger and the other villages fleuris.

  6. Yep,we are at last having summer and we deserve it :-)

    Have a nice stay with Ken and Walt, Cheryl, and, if you feel like it, come to my house with Walt or Ken :-)
    Bises to all of you :-)

  7. What a pleasant surprise to see to all the wonderful bon voyage wishes upon arising this morning. Thanks everyone. I'm sure if you stay tuned to this blog you'll hear about our adventures.

  8. I always found the weather in Sepytember to be much better than during the so-called summer.


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