31 October 2013

Autumn delights

October ends today. The month appears to be going out like a lamb. After a 24-hour windstorm on Sunday into early Monday, which affected Brittany, Normandy, and England much more than the Loire Valley, our weather turned sunny and mild.

Sunset from an upstairs window on Monday 28 October, just as the windstorm ended

My collard and kale patch: a lot of the collard leaves have holes eaten in them, but it doesn't matter much.
Caterpillars, snails, and slugs are to blame, I'm sure. We garden organically.

On my walk with Callie yesterday, heading up a row of vines — the dog
usually runs along in a different row, so she's not visible here.

Tomorrow is La Toussaint, or All Saints' Day, and is a French holiday. Then it's the dreaded month of November, when the dark days usually settle in, with gray skies, rain, and chilly temperatures. We have the wintertime holidays to look forward to, however.


  1. Ahhhhh, the colors! Very enjoyable photos, Ken.

  2. Fall photos for us folks- love them! I'm going to try to enjoy the dark days this year. They only last two months and then our days will be getting longer again.

  3. Gosh, that top shot is absolutely amazing!! Wow!

  4. This is about the only way we get to see fall colors any more.


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