Autumn has started, winter is on its way, so temperatures have dropped and I started with the heating, just to "take the chill" off the air.
Now it never, or rarely, gets really cold down here, but it is all relative. When you're used to an average of 25C over the whole year, going up to 40C in high summer, and down to around 8C in winter, and you live here, then you really notice any changes!
The heating is something I try not to turn on until at least the weekend of "time changing" - over here the last weekend in October, but that's late this year! DST ends on Sunday 30 October 2011, 03:00 France daylight time
Follow this link, and you can read all about it, and even download a "desktop clock".........
|winter in "La Grande Motte"|
The locals (and I'm almost one of them now) do have a tendency to take it as a "personal insult" from the powers that may or not be - if the temperatures sink to 0C or even lower....and rainy weather - at any time of the year - is also considered as a personal insult if it goes on for more than 3 days or so. Snow....? Well - yes, it does happen, for a few hours a year, and stays lying for maximum a day. In fact it mainly melts whilst falling, but it's quite a pleasant change.
Normally, every year, we have the right to extremely heavy rainfalls from September until mid-October, which leads to flooding. The downpours only last a few minutes, but are unbeleivably forceful, This year, we haven't had any.....as yet. One of the towns close by is a place called "Sommieres" (possibly known by some of you tourists) and it is almost annually visited by these floods.
|Sommieres Bridge - AFTER the rain|
|Sommieres Bridge - normally.....!|
This is the market in the centre of this unfortunate village....almost every year.... Just this year they installed, at great expense, a system which seems to have worked - not by diverting the rain, but by not letting it fall!
We'll see if the new system will work - sometime or other!
So - there we are....getting cooler, heating turned on when it falls under 15C outside, winter is coming, and those Geese are getting.........It can also be a pleasant period, waiting for Spring and Summer......
.....so long as your inside!
Vauvert, France - 23 October 2011