Tag Archives: summer

2016 Summer Weather in SW France: the Verdict

Yesterday, we did one of our favourite walks. It takes in the ruined Château de Labro, and goes up and down the wooded slopes of the secluded Seye Valley. We walked under luminous blue skies with barely a cloud. There … Continue reading

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Drought in Southwest France

  We spent the first six months of this year complaining that we had too much rain. Now we’re complaining that we are having too little. It has barely rained for about six weeks and the weather has been dry, … Continue reading

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Summer Arrives at Last in SW France

  C’est l’été and the weather has finally caught up with the calendar. We’ve had wall-to-wall blue skies and hot sunshine for the past few days. This was a particularly good thing this weekend, since we sang in a concert … Continue reading

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SW France Summer Weather 2015

We had a great holiday on Corsica a couple of weeks ago. And it was a good thing we went then, because we had nice weather for the most part. One week later and it would have been quite different: … Continue reading

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Stirring Up a Hornet’s Nest

I lifted the trapdoor into the loft of our pigeonnier with infinite care. On the ceiling, right over my head were the unmistakable signs of very unwanted summer visitors, accompanied by a tell-tale buzzing. I shut the trapdoor fast and … Continue reading

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Drought and Southwest France Weather July 2015

I have been reminded yet again this summer of how tough life must have been for the people who lived in our house up until the 1960s, when mains water was installed. Our property has two citernes (water-collecting cisterns) and … Continue reading

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Another Seasonal Hazard in SW France: Mosquitoes

Here’s another seasonal hazard: mosquitoes. I am their favourite meal. There are several reasons for that (see below) and they are becoming more of a pest down here. Do you have blood group O? Do you have a high metabolic … Continue reading

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5 Seasonal Summer Road Hazards in SW France

The last few weekends have marked the start of the summer holidays in France, when a mass exodus from the towns takes place and people head for the hills or the coasts. Overnight, the numbers of market stalls, tourists conspicuous … Continue reading

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Teysseroles Fête and SW France Weather June 2015

We scanned the weather forecast nervously during the 10 days leading up to our annual fête at Teysseroles, the 15th-century chapel we are helping to restore. The last thing we wanted was to have to put up a marquee, as … Continue reading

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Noises Off on a Country Evening

The poor old blog has been sorely neglected of late. The trouble is that there’s this pesky thing called work, a necessary evil that keeps me away from what I really want to do. And it’s nearly always at its … Continue reading

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Unwanted Visitors and SW France Weather May 2015

I stepped off the plane at Toulouse on Wednesday evening into a different season. During a brief business visit to London, it was chilly and blustery. Back in SW France, summer had suddenly arrived with temperatures well into the thirties … Continue reading

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Monet and SW France Weather Summer 2014

  The image above is of Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny in Normandy, inspiration for many of his paintings. We recently spent a night in the village of Giverny on our way up to the UK. Needless to say, I … Continue reading

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Weather in Southwest France August 2014

We are currently enjoying a glorious Indian summer with wall-to-wall blue skies and sunshine. And what better way to illustrate it than with a photo of our hoopoe friends, who will shortly be departing – more of them below. What … Continue reading

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French Summer Markets and Weather in SW France July 2014

  French markets come into their own at this time of year. The difference between summer and winter couldn’t be more marked. In the winter, a few brave souls stamp their feet and try to stop their produce freezing while … Continue reading

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Weather in SW France: Verdict on Summer 2013

It was short. Autumn arrived early this year after a summer that lasted effectively only two months. September did not distinguish itself weather-wise. In fact, as you’ll see below, it was the second worst in 16 years.

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Weather in Southwest France July 2013

Right up to the end of June, we wondered why we had a swimming pool. For the past five weeks, we have been very glad to have one. It was as if someone had flicked a switch on 1st July … Continue reading

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Seguing into Summer

Right up till the end of June, we thought summer wasn’t going to happen this year. But we have been basking in lovely sunshine for the past fortnight. There are a few who are already complaining that it’s too hot … Continue reading

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SW France Weather June 2013 & Garden Pix

‘What can I say about the weather down here in [month] that is repeatable in polite company?’ About which month did I write this? Answer: May. About which other months in 2013 could I have written it? Answer: January, February, … Continue reading

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Monthly Météo: Verdict on Summer 2012

Here’s a picture of Corsica, where we recently spent a lovely week. This is the town of Saint-Florent, once an important port at the foot of Cap Corse (the finger of land like an antenna in NE Corsica). It was … Continue reading

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Monthly Météo: Weather in SW France July 2012

Down here, the beginning of July was exceptionally cool, the end extremely hot. The latter, of course, gave rise to a violent storm on the night of the Olympic opening ceremony. It passed directly overhead, knocking out the transformer down … Continue reading

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Five Signs of Summer in SW France

July is here and the French summer holidays have begun with a vengeance. Normally, the first weekend in July is the signal for the Grand Prix exodus from Paris to begin. This year, the kids were still at school for … Continue reading

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Monthly Météo: Weather in SW France June 2012

As it often does, June started badly and the weather didn’t really turn around until about the third week. This seems to be the pattern in recent years. This year, it changed about three days before our fête at Teysseroles, … Continue reading

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That End of Term Feeling

I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging recently. Things are hotting up as we prepare for our fête at Teysseroles (more of that below) and the Parisot choir rehearses itself intensively for the concert at the end of … Continue reading

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Weather in southwest France: July 2011 update

Every month I post an update on how the weather has been, based on the statistics we have kept since 1998. To see the other weather posts, please click on ‘Weather’ under the Topics tab in the right-hand sidebar. I … Continue reading

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The good guest guide

   ‘House guests are like fish; they are only good for three days.’ This often (mis)quoted aphorism, possibly a Danish proverb but certainly immortalised by Benjamin Franklin, has a certain ring of truth about it.

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