Before they're all gone, I thought this year's peonies (pivoines in French) needed to be documented. The petals are falling heavily now.
I took the photo above before the gravel and grass under the plant were covered in peony petals. The close-up photos of individual flowers are some I took three or four days ago. This is one plant we have. There's one other, but I haven't taken pictures of that one.
Suddenly it's summer here, but I don't think it's supposed to last very long. It's supposed to be downright hot today and tomorrow, but much cooler and rainy next week. Rain will finish the peonies but will be good for the vegetable garden, which Walt has been planting for a couple of days now.
Yesterday I had to drive up to Blois for a doctor's appointment. Except in Saint-Aignan, traffic wasn't bad. At 9 a.m., the main road along the river in Saint-Aignan was blocked off by a squadron of gendarmes to let people coming in from the north, across the town's bridge, and heading toward the Beauval zoo south of town, to move through unimpeded. I had to drive a loop through town to get back to the bridge from the other direction.
It takes about 40 minutes to drive up to Blois, and 40 minutes to drive back, when traffic is light. Coming home late on a Friday morning, I wanted to avoid passing through the town of Contres, because Friday is market day there and it gets congested. I took narrow, winding back roads that I'm familiar with, but I found the route barricaded at Oisly — because of road work, I assume. I had to change course and it took me forever to get home. This is a holiday weekend, by the way, and with the fine weather a lot of people are on the roads.