Sunday, 12 February 2012

All That Glitters Is Cold


I took some photographs around Les Eyzies today. Sparkling Les Eyzies. Frigid Les Eyzies. Bitterly cold Les Eyzies.


This record breaking cold spell has chilled us to the bone.


The weir at the end of the river Beune, icing up as the frost intensifies. 


The water wheel at Au Vieux Moulin, positively glacial.


Ice along the Vezere river.


There were sections where it had almost frozen the whole way across.

Hopefully the end of this benumbing weather is now in sight, MeteoFrance promise a thaw from mid-week, fingers crossed.

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  1. Wow, beautiful photos, I have never seen Les Eyzies look anything like that. Hope that I don't either :) Diane

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    1. Hi Diane, I'm sure the iceman hath cometh in the Charente too.

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  2. Mon Dieu! This is scary, almost. I was in Les Eyzies just last summer, and it looked nothing like this. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Veronique, Les Eyzies being in a valley is surrounded by limestone cliffs and rock which 'weep' ground water which looks dramatic when frozen.

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  3. Rob,

    The water wheel looks so ancient with all the ice on it, very cool. Hope it warms up there soon. Winter just arrived here in North Carolina USA

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    1. Hi Randy, that water wheel froze and stopped turning. The mill is now a hotel and restaurant in one of the most idylic settings imaginable.

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  4. I can't get over how much ice you have. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you so you get that thaw.

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    1. Thanks Patty, keep 'em crossed. Snow tonight then a slow thaw.

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  5. Seeing your photos reminds me our icy weather is yet to come. In a normal year, we'd be seeing ice oozing from the stone walls, ice masses on the Delaware, yet so far nothing. Hope you get that break this week.

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    1. I hope you don't get too icy a blast before spring.

      The plus side to our current cold spell has been abundant sunshine, something that was in short supply for the previous two mild months.

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  6. Great pictures - looks so cold.

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  7. Stunning photos - we were there (le Bugue) in spring a few years ago. Love the area.

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    1. Hello the Sims, it is a lovely area and despite the cold, everywhere looks beautiful in the late winter sunshine.

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  8. Wow! Rob, your winter is what our winter usually looks like. Well a New England version. Gorgeous! I can nearly feel the bitter cold through your images. It is still a mild winter here. I hope you do get that promised thaw. Take care. Carol

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    1. Hi Carol

      I guess there's a lot of comparism with New England, both areas of natural beauty. The cold has let up now, hooray.

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  9. Brrrr...and there was I shivering in our -9! It's warmed up here a bit now to about -2. Hope it warms up soon for you - although it does make for wonderful photos and that waterwheel is amazing! Looks very different from our midsummer visit!
    Take care out there.

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    1. Hi Liz

      In the centre of Les Eyzies the thermometre recorded -18C or 0F. It's a notorious frost hollow during the winter. The water wheel ordinarily turns. It just froze, stationary.

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  10. Beautiful pictures, but I shiver for you. Hope milder weather comes soon.

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    1. Hi Cindy and thanks.

      A slow thaw is under way so we've stopped shivering.

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  11. Rob sorry I don't have any advice about the post stuck in limbo. Whenever I've had a problem the blogger help forum is a good place to post questions and find answers.

    Have you started to thaw out yet?

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    1. Hi Sweetbay

      There's something glitchy with bloggers comments. Yes, we are thawing out.

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  12. Tres froid. I hope the tropicals in La Roque are surviving. Marc Walker was just here for dinner so I can't ask him. (Not too intimidating cooking for a chef.)

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  13. I wonder how the 'tropicals' are? They probably got through, sheltered and south facing.

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  14. Hi Rob

    Boy wasn't it cold. -21°C recorded near Villeneuve-sur-Lot and a record -19°C in Bergerac.

    We had -19°C here on the coldest day. The same day that a contractor cut through an electricity cable which supplies our house and the heating oil froze too:).

    What a contrast today though with +20°C and our guest in our guest sun bathing by the pool....bizarre!

    Saw the Cranes this evening too. This video was from 2 years ago. It's a sight to behold...have you seen them where you are?

    http://www.landscapejuice.com/2010/03/crane-migration-grue-grus-south-west-france-europe-scandinavia.html

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    1. Hi Phil

      Wellfor zone 8 we had a zone 7 winter following a truly mild December and January.

      Les Eyzies recorded -19 or so, it's a notorious frost hollow but as you say, total contrast now, in fact the mercury nudged 21 here today.

      Not seen the Cranes yet. Been busy working inside unfortunately.

      I hope folk take a look at your link for the Crane migration, good stuff.

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