Sunday, 27 March 2011
Le Perigord in Blossom
Spring arrived in earnest a few weeks ago in this corner of SouthWest France. Temperatures have been nudging the mercury to around twenty two centigrade in recent days but inevitably each morning arrives with a cold start and a light frost on the grass, however it doesn't hang about for long and it's Tee shirt weather by lunchtime. My Peach tree above has been in bloom for over a week now, fingers crossed that we don't have a sharp frost as it'll yield little fruit, but looking at longer range weather forecasts it seems nothing too sinister is on the horizon, maybe there will be a glut this Summer?
Forsythia has been showy for weeks now. I know they're everywhere, but things are better for that as I reckon them to be the most cheery sight each Spring.
The perfect yellow.
The Château de Castelnaud viewed through Cherry blossom. Standing high above the Dordogne valley, I literally have to stop the car every time I drive past, a wonderful sight, really it's a case of any excuse to take a photo of it!
The Magnolias are almost finished now; all too soon the show's over. I particularly liked this one in front of a grand old Manoir in St. Cyprien.
Thundery weather today. Calm, not a zephyr, blossom scent just hangs in the air on days like these.
Ah well, the clocks have gone forward, the equinox just passed, Spring marches on.