This is the end of the series about the Haras du Pin in Normandy and its spectacle équestre.
As winter set in last November, Walt and I found ourselves hoping for some below-freezing weather in late 2020 and early 2021. The previous two winters had been weirdly mild and wet. However, we never thought we would have some of our coldest winter weather in April. That's what has happened. For two weeks now we've had morning low temperatures at or below freezing. The cold wave started just as all the grapevines and fruit trees were putting out new growth and blossoms. Reports now are that are about a third of the fruit harvest across France has been lost to the cold. The grape growers must have known that the cold snap was going to last for a while. Here in the Saint-Aignan area (AOC/AOP Touraine-Chenonceaux) we have seen no effort to protect the vines by setting out smudgepots (bougies anti-gel) or burning bales of straw, as we've seen around the vineyards in past years.