Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Stormy Weather

chestnut trees against a stormy sky


We got up early this morning because Paul wanted to go for a bicycle ride.  I thought this was a bit excessive after his recent days of hard physical work but he was insistent.

“The sky looks a bit stormy.”
“No, it will be fine”
“Are you sure because you know I don’t like being outside in a thunder storm.”
“No, meteo haven’t forecast any storms.”

We did a 21 km ride, over to Frayssinet, back along the valley bottom and then a steep climb.  The biggest rabbit I have ever seen ran across the road in front of us, shortly followed by a grey squirrel.  It was like something out of Alice in Wonderland.  As we emerged from the woods I noticed that the sky had turned ominously black and decided to increase my speed.  When the first rain drops fell and the wind started I pedalled even faster and we managed to get home just before the squall hit.
“Timed to perfection” said Mr Smug.





Yesterday I made some chilled homemade lemonade that I decanted into a pretty bottle in order to impress Rick and the ladies from the dog refuge.  It was stiflingly hot yesterday so the cold drinks went down a treat.  This morning I realised that getting the pieces of lemon out of a narrow necked bottle was not going to be easy.  I’ll use a jug next time.

Philippe mowing between his vines



15 comments:

  1. What bizarre weather! The meteo said hot all day; and what do we get? Thunder, lightning, rain, and wind. Tomorrow should be OK.

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    1. And now we've just been swimming.

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    2. It's crazy, it was roasting hot this afternoon.

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  2. I hate thunder storms and we have a lot of them here.

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    1. I don't like the flashes and bangs.

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  3. I've only experienced severe thunderstorms a couple of times in my life. I don't mind a little thunder, but not like THAT. Glad you got home safe and sound.

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    1. We got caught in some very scary storms in Australia. They can be quite impressive here in France too.

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  4. Beautiful hot day here and it's only June.

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    1. I got sunburn this afternoon (shoulders and back) helping Paul do the dog fencing.

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    1. It was too hot for cups of tea!

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  6. Can almost taste that lemonade - it looks so refreshing.
    Big day tomorrow, so lots of photos of the little chap please. A friend has just shown me a photo of a 4 month old yellow Lab puppy that has been abandoned at a local rescue, because his owners didn't want him anymore. Heartless people. It's so tempting, but then I realise I'm well past my third (or even fourth) flush of youth, have a dodgy knee, a bad hip and hubby is languishing in hospital with a broken leg ! Otherwise I'd be round there like a shot !

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    1. I am so excited. I've got dodgy knees and hips but a fully mobile husband. What happened to your hubby?

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    2. Don't laugh, but he literally fell over his own feet, but he doesn't know how - stone cold sober too ! I didn't see it happen, but found him sprawled out on the floor in the hall, bleeding profusely from a nasty elbow wound. He couldn't move his one leg, and X-rays revealed that he'd broken his femur. He's had an op. and tomorrow the doctors and I will decide which type of care will be best for him until he's back on his feet. The irony was that we'd just returned from hospital, where he'd had a scan, and he ended up back there again that evening.

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    3. Ouch, that's sounds really nasty. It will be some time before he's running around again. I would trade him in and get yourself a dog!

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