The weather has changed now and our hot spell is over, at least temporarily. The rain hasn't come back yet but showers are predicted for the coming weekend. That's too bad, because Walt is going to Paris for four days and he was hoping for dry, sunny weather there. Maybe the rains won't materialize — you never know.
The Prunus tree in the back yard is in full flower right now. It was here when we bought the house 15 years ago — typing that just made me realize that today, April 24, is the 15th anniversary of the day we actually became property owners here. We weren't actually in France that day but still in California. We had given the real estate agent a power of attorney so that he could sign all the papers for us. We ended up moving here in June 2003.
Anyway, the tree I call the Prunus seems to be a flowering cherry tree, and it doesn't produce any fruit. Wikipedia says that Prunus is a genus that includes plum, cherry, peach, nectarine, apricot, and almond trees. There are 430 species in the genus.
The tulips are still in flower here too. Maybe they'll last a while longer if we don't get too much rain.