A couple of weeks ago, I took and then posted some photos of the biggest jade plant in our collection (I keep propagating new plants from cuttings) because I noticed it was starting to flower. I don't think I've ever seen a jade plant flower before. Here's a very short slideshow of images of its blossoms now.
Meanwhile, much of France is paralyzed right now by strikes involving transit workers and teachers. We are not really affected, since we don't commute or travel much. Most of the demonstrations and protests are taking place in the cities. It's all about government plans to reform the national retirement system.
The weather is freezing cold over much of the country, but that's supposed to change over the weekend. A big perturbation (warm front) will be moving in off the Atlantic Ocean and sweeping across the country, bringing rain and raising temperatures back into the upper 40s and low 50s in ºF. Laissez les bons temps rouler !