Today is yet another public holiday in France. It's Ascension Day, a Christian holiday marking the day that Jesus ascended into Heaven, after 40 days of walking the Earth following his resurrection on Easter Monday. It always falls on a Thursday here, and a lot of people in France make a four-day weekend of it. That's called a pont — taking the Friday off to make a "bridge" between the Thursday holiday and the weekend. May 1 (Labor Day) and May 8 (VE Day) are also public holidays in France — both fell on Fridays this year.
We've had another spell of fine weather this week. This vigneron was out working in his grapes a couple of days ago. I took the photo using a very long zoom.
I bought a pot of basil at the supermarket a few days ago. I hope the coming summer will be hot enough to keep it going. I'm an optimist by nature, I guess. If the weather turns damp and chilly, I can always grow the basil under a cold frame. The bricks are ones we found here when we moved in 12 years ago and were made in Saint-Aignan.
Callie's walks start earlier and earlier every morning in this season. Right now the sun rises at 6:20 a.m. and sets at 9:20 p.m. The days are long, and we still have more than a month to go before they start getting shorter again. It's supposed to rain today, unfortunately.
Last year I planted some perennial bellflowers (Campanulaceae) in the holes in an old cinder block to see if they would survive and bloom there. So far so good.
One of the things I like about the kind of weather we've been having this month is that I can dry the laundry on the line outdoors. Not many people in France actually have a clothes dryer. We have one but seldom use it.