27 June 2012

Summer starts now

I think and hope that summer is really starting now. I'll try to be positive and optimistic. The sun came back yesterday afternoon, and this morning is the prettiest one we've had in quite a while. There's a very wispy fog over the vineyard, and the weather forecast says we'll hit 30ºC (86ºF) this afternoon.

Callie out walking yesterday afternoon

Summer starts now, too, because we have friends from California arriving tomorrow for a four-day stay. We have a restaurant picked out for Friday night — Le Manoir de Contres, which has recently been taken over by a new chef — and we'll be shopping the markets in Montrichard and/or Saint-Aignan and/or Noyers-sur-Cher over the weekend.

I'm afraid the recent rains spoiled the sparse cherry crop for 2012.

The window we are replacing

The other thing about summer starting is that we have begun our home improvement projects for they year. They include a new window in the living room to replace the old one that's just too drafty in winter. It faces north.

Bright colors despite damp weather

We'll also get new shutters put on both bedroom windows downstairs, so that we can close ourselves in when there's the annual (or more frequent) coup de vent. One thing about living up here on the high ground above the river valley is that we are buffeted by the wind when it blows hard.

Flowers in the back yard

So here we go. That last couple of months have been wild with activity and then claustrophobic — cabin fever — because of the rains. France is coming out of it — the grandes vacances start this coming weekend, so tens of thousands will be on the roads, leaving Paris and other northern regions, heading south.

The neighbors' ring of roses

Politics, with a new Socialist president and a new Socialist majority in parliament — the result of elections in May and June — will go on hold for a couple of months, and then we'll see what the autumn brings in the way of changes.


  1. Those tomato plants will enjoy
    today...and more to come I hope.

    What an unusual butterfly.
    Maybe Susan will stop by and
    tell us what it is. Or are they
    common there?

  2. Sheila, it's a very common butterfly here but I can never remember the name. It's a pretty "tame" butterfly which will let you approach it without flying away.

  3. It's called a Peacock butterfly. There's a five-year-old photo here, and another on July 20, 2008.

  4. I found your lovely blog via Gina's, and I am now following you. Look forward to more colourful photos from France.

  5. What beautiful photos, especially the butterfly and flowers, and your window, too...Very summery. May it last with the occasional rain at night so you don't have a drought now.

  6. I'm glad for you to have bright, warm, sunny days-- and guests! and new home improvements! :)

    I am actually a little frightened by our forecast: we're expecting Friday and Saturday to reach 108°F!!! Today, 97°, and then there will be more days in the 100° to 102° range. Honestly... it's scary to me.

  7. You do take some amazing shots!

  8. Thanks, Starman. There's a lot of luck involved.

    Hi Rosemary. Thanks for dropping in.

    Kristi, are you in a drought now? I think your area might be pretty dry. Don't worry about us — it's supposed to rain again next week.

  9. Its always summer for the Tour de France stating this weekend.
    Look forward to a hot July Ken.
    Late nights and early mornings for me all month while I watch the scenery of Le Tour.

  10. Very nice arty shot of the Peacock and Callie in the vineyard.

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  12. J'adore la photo du "paon du jour" avec Callie et celle du si beau rosier en couronne :-)

    Over here, we have at last had dinner outside on the terrace after all these awful rainy days... Ouf !



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