Those are not my words; it is what pretty well every French person I meet is saying – I’m fed up with it. They are referring, of course, to the weather.
Nobody can remember so much rain falling as this autumn. It is not so much the statistics, as often we get torrential rainstorms which push the rain count up. It is rather the relentless, day after day of rain. People here are just not used to this. I’m getting a bit bored of people saying it must remind me of London. No, I say, London is having better weather!
Today was another washout. I forced myself to take Poppy for a walk. As soon as she had done her business, she looked at me and turned back towards the house. The Saturday market scarcely existed.
I braved the elements to attend an interesting session by our local professional violinist, Francois Gilles, on Bach’s Partitas. We were in one of the wonderfully elegant salons in the beautiful Chateau d’Assas, very appropriate as Francois Gilles took us through the history of- and played extracts from – the dance movements which form the basis of so much of Bach’s work.
Afterwards I took refuge in my favourite eating place, Chez Fatou, and enjoyed a delicious fish dish and the shared conversation of all. Somebody mentioned today’s road blockages by ‘les jaunes’ – the people protesting against the rise in fuel prices. Fatou rose to her full height, elegant today in a Chinese embroidered top, and declared: ” They are mad. We are destroying our planet and they want to encourage us to do so.”
Then back out into rain. Actually, I have to admit, it is not non-stop. Yesterday there was a brief respite, and as I walked up to Serres, I was able to admire the autumn colours, which have not yet fully reached the hills behind.
When I got to Serres and looked down at these trees, I reflected that the rain has stolen our usual long enjoyment of such colours. And the cold forecast for next week (temperatures dropping from mid-teens to near zero) will end any hope of my planned expeditions to take autumn photos.
Update next day
Wonders… I woke to see the sky had cleared and it has not rained all day. And it is colder.