12 March 2014

Life in mid-March

Cold mornings, warm afternoons. That's the pattern. We're getting work done in the yard and garden. We'll definitely be doing a lot more grilling — making lunch on the terrace. I'm headed to SuperU to buy some lamb this morning.

The photo above is one I took yesterday morning, looking west. It was still foggy. By afternoon the sun was shining and I spent some time sitting outside listening to the radio. You'll just have to imagine the scene with me in it.

Callie is ecstatic about being able to spend a good part of the day out in the yard again. We're happy about it too. The more she stays outside, the less dog hair we have in the house, especially now that she's starting to shed her thick winter coat.

Springtime scenes from our walks in the vineyard, like this one, only make us realize that soon we won't need to turn the heat on during the day. We'll get the garden going. Walt planted some seeds in little pots yesterday to get seedlings going. Tomatoes, eggplant... summer crops for our 12th summer in Saint-Aignan.

Above, I focused the camera on a water hole out in the vineyard, along the gravel road. The surface of the water was reflecting back the blue sky and the tangle of branches that nearly hide the trou d'eau from view.


  1. It's a lovely time of the year for you with a little touch of morning sun warming up the cold earth. It won't be long before you'll be all shedding your winter coats. The countryside is beautiful with that brush of pretty fog.

    "All Things French"

  2. So glad to hear you both sound so "springy". It's so easy to be cheerful when our days get longer and the temperature starts climbing!
    I can't wait until it's warm enough to sit outside and enjoy lunch on my deck!

    Mary in Oregon


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