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    Well, they got it right today it’s really rough out there! Mr. F. given up work for the day and watching the athletics! I’m going to do some baking!

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    #460592

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    Our little pear tree didn’t survive Freya last night :cry:

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    Was I the  only kept awake by last nights winds!

    had to stuff cotton wool in my ears!

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    #460685

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    It was noisy Marmite, didn’t keep me awake though – probably depends where you are!! Glad that you’re on the mend  :rose:

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    #461974

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    Spring had arrived yesterday we thought, it was glorious, let the wood burner out, worked outside, lovely! Back to wet and very windy today!

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    Gorgeous here today.

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    Life is never dull here at the old homestead, there we were in huge gale force winds, struggling through the freshly dug garden to get a ladder up to the hangar (workshop/garage) roof where one of the big roofing sheets had come adrift, fearing for the greenhouse below there was no choice but for my nimble 80 yr old to shimmy up the ladder, heave the sheet back into place and me to leave my post of standing on the bottom rung for his safety to heave a heavy concrete block up to him to weight the sheet down, shouting, when one of the really forceful gusts came, “Hang on tight!” as his waterproof jacket billowed out like a sail! Now the wind has gone and the sun is out – of course it is!! Unfortunately I didn’t have the foresight, nor the time really, to take a photo of the adventure!

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    #462004

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    Oh Fruitcake, that was dangerous. Glad you managed it without any trouble :rose:

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    It was Sod’s law that 20 minutes or so after it the wind dropped and the sun came out Babeth!

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    According to the French Revolutionary calendar, used by the French government for about 12 years from late 1793 to 1805, we are in the month of Ventôse (19th of feb to 20th of march). Ventôse, “venteux” (windy). I start to believe this calendar was very accurate !

    Here are the other months

    Autumn:

    .Vendémiaire (from French vendange, derived from Latin vindemia, “grape harvest”), starting 22, 23, or 24 September

    .Brumaire (from French brume, “mist”), starting 22, 23, or 24 October
    .Frimaire (From French frimas, “frost”), starting 21, 22, or 23 November

    Winter:

    .Nivôse (from Latin nivosus, “snowy”), starting 21, 22, or 23 December
    .Pluviôse (from French pluvieux, derived from Latin pluvius, “rainy”), starting 20, 21, or 22 January
    .Ventôse (from French venteux, derived from Latin ventosus, “windy”), starting 19, 20, or 21 February

    Spring:

    .Germinal (from French germination), starting 20 or 21 March
    .Floréal (from French fleur, derived from Latin flos, “flower”), starting 20 or 21 April
    .Prairial (from French prairie, “meadow”), starting 20 or 21 May

    Summer:

    .Messidor (from Latin messis, “harvest”), starting 19 or 20 June
    .Thermidor (or Fervidor*) (from Greek thermon, “summer heat”), starting 19 or 20 July
    .Fructidor (from Latin fructus, “fruit”), starting 18 or 19 August

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    #462830

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    Dead oak tree at the bottom of our garden lost a big branch , fell straight onto my fruit cage and wrecked all the netting, my fruit bushes look OK . Netting to be replaced when the weather improves. :-(

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    Where is spring gone ? :unsure:

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    That was it Babeth! Hope nobody missed it! Looking at the long range forecast it’s showers or rain for the next two weeks, we’ll be crying out for it in a few months time no doubt!

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    It feels like we are in november, not even sure it was better then ! I’m happy we are not short of wood …

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    #466556

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    Take the rough with the smooth Babeth , there were two weeks of hot and dry in January ( or was it February ? ),now time for the grass to grow , so a bit of rain is good ? :-)

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    Grass is growing pretty well in Brittany, we could write a book titled 50 shades of green here :mail:

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    Glad I got mine cut the day before the rain started, it’s growing again already! Mind you the broad beans are loving it! We did see the sun for a few minutes this afternoon! The grandkids come on the 10th, the forecast is showery for the 4 days they’re here, so we shall have muffin making and indoor games when it showers and walking, gardening and football when it doesn’t!

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    Swallows have arrived , telling me to get out of their barn :-)  , I saw a hoopoe in our orchard , so perhaps they will be nesting here again this year . Beautiful weather , no complaints from me this week ! :yes:

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    Nice they are back to your place. It was cold and damp today, but the forecast (if they are right) is very good for the days to come. @Fruitcake, football could be on !

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    We never had swallows until the empty house up the road got bought by cloggies . They destroyed the nests and closed up all the holes , so the swallows came to us . I have cut a piece out of the top of our barn door so that they can fly in and out . I think we have three generations now , there are more nests every year . :-)

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    Their lost, your gain Deboer ! My parents are renting next to us, and spend 5 months there. They’ve got a couple coming back every year in their “utility room”, on the way to the garden. They are puting  cardboard on the floor because of the mess, but no way they would do anything not to let them in. In fact I told them the birds were back and they asked me to open the utility room door for them before they arrive. They had 3 breed last year, the middle one was a disaster, and caused them a lot of distress.

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    The hoopoe is back here too :yahoo:

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    Swallows here and the bluetits are inspecting the nest box! (Grandchildren here also and loving the hot weather!!)

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    The weather is getting really weird , all over the place , the bees are already swarming due to the warmth . Too much wind , drying out everything . The neighbours were sunbathing ! oh the bliss of ignorance ? :-)

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    Today the sky is blue ,the sun is already warm…it’s time for me to get my view of Mont Blanc ….from a distance,drive up the Saleve …the small mountain overlooking Geneva …the view from the top includes the Alps,Annecy and beyond.

     

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    We had the ” luck” to have the warmest temperature in Europe today , was 25 degrees ! Not good . :negative:

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    I found the sky was a bit strange those last few days, not clear, a bit “dusty”

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    #469382

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    Monty Don said on his programme last night “Too cold to plant out runner beans” he doesn’t live in Brittany of course!!! And wasn’t perspiring profusely whilst gardening yesterday – as I was!

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    20h 25 Blowing a hooley and now cannot see the hills for the rain that these clouds foretold of

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    We need the rain Fruitcake but they could have kept the wind ! I just managed to get 30 round bales of last years ( bought ) hay into the barn before it tipped down . We are getting ready for another dry Summer! :-)

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