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June 14, 2010

poppy%20field.jpgNever did I imagine that I would be donning a thick coat, scarf and boots to walk the dog in June. The weather in my patch of the Poitou is a washout at the moment but I've managed to think of a few good things about the French summer (ha!)

1 The scent of lime blossom trees.

2 Cherry trees laden with fruit.

3 Even better, Pierre-Antoine arriving with a carrier bag full of black cherries from his garden.

4 The scent of honeysuckle.

5 The sight of a duck surrounded by about ten ducklings, lying peacefully under a tree at The Mad Hatter's on Sunday. (Thank god I left Biff at home.)

6 Poppies - late this year because of the cold weather - adding sporadic hits of colour to the countryside.

7 Little white butterflies with orange-tipped wings, flitting along the grass track where I walk Biff in the morning.

8 The sight of an old stone wall almost covered with deep red and pale lemon climbing roses.

comments (3)

1. Posted by markyj on June 14, 2010 11:44 PM

So cool to see the upside. The weather is NOT great, but I too have really noticed have fab the poppies look. Almost like a Monet painting round these parts. Gorgeous - but, yeah, brig on the hot sun please ASAP.

2. Posted by Vanessa Vinos on June 17, 2010 7:45 PM

Hi Karen

What a pity I can't send you some sunshine from Spain. Having said that's it's also been much, much cooler than it is usually in June.

Love the picture of the poppies (my fav flower).

3. Posted by Keith Eckstein on June 18, 2010 10:39 AM

I think that the weather has gone on strike in sympathy with the French footie team!

What a bunch of losers!

Still, being positive about things, the bad weather means that you'll have no excuse no to be chained to your typewriter (or wordprocessor)!

All the best


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