Sunday, 26 April 2009

Spring is nearly over here comes the summer

I hope you don't think I am one of those British stereotypes that do nothing but talk about the weather.

Although actually, I am one of those British stereotypes that is always talking about the weather, so I suppose I have to forgive you if you have got that impression and guess what, here I go again.

Back in March when the temperatures were touching 25C and we were being bathed in glorious sunshine, I really thought that summer had come early and that we were set for the rest of the year. Unfortunately it was not to be and we have, over the last few weeks, had a reversion to what my French neighbour referred to as home from home for us, meaning of course typical British weather consisting of wind, rain and temperatures ranging from 10C to 15C on a good day. Also being a former water mill you can guess we have had to keep a close eye on the stream as it nears the top of it's banks, fingers crossed though, not over the top as yet.

The forecast is saying we are probably going to have this weather for another 6 or 7 days and then things are going to start to turn towards the weather considered to be more typical for the region, which is great as we will be into May and the start of the busy season for the gite.

Anyone booked in for the early part of May shouldn't dismay though because when that Mediterranean sun comes out, one thing for sure is that it is a mighty powerful heater and everything will very quickly dry out and return to a scenario more associated with the South of France than the English Midlands. Got to be honest it has been a bit of a contrast to April last year which we remember as being warm and sunny with nature going bananas in terms of everything growing like wildfire.

The local farmer has had to keep a low profile as well, the fields surrounding the gite have all been prepared but as yet nothing planted, I have not had a chance to talk to him about planned crops but given the timing I am pretty sure that he is gearing up for Turnesols (sunflowers) which if anything like the year before last will be absolutely fabulous. It has to be said with acre after acre filled with thousands of miniature golden suns it is hard to imagine a nicer place to be in the world than right here.

Of course we need the rain, last year there was much talk of drought and water rationing after such a dry spring, but I think we have had enough now and I am truly looking forward to that sun coming out and the plants going in just in time for the big start to the holiday season. So roll on the summer we are ready and waiting.

Monday, 20 April 2009

A Holiday in France

A Holiday in France

Let's face it, every cloud has a silver lining and with the words credit crunch, recession and financial hardship on everyone's mind, has there ever been a better time to plan a holiday in Europe. Uh!!!!

Well OK that may seem a bit contradictory but if you look at the exchange rate, compared to this time last year, the dollar is worth way more Euro's and definitely way more Pounds so if you are American read on, this one is dedicated to you.

This is a Squidoo lens I have written for any Americans looking to holiday in Europe, but still good information on the house and location so well worth a read wherever you are.

Skyscanner offer the best service for flights to this region and list all the budget airlines flights and prices. Once you have selected your required options you get re-directed to the airline to make your booking. This is the service I used to get a 15 euro return flight between the UK and France and that was the total cost.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Issel - Languedoc Roussillon

Issel - Languedoc Roussillon

Issel is the nearest village to Le Moulin and as such I thought it warranted a little bit of attention.

Particularly as it dates back to the medieval period and used to have it's very own castle and a pottery set up and launched by an Italian.

I am an Italian descendant as well, wonder if we were related. Anyway it's a good read and provides a little bit more information about our local village.

Click on the link or the title to access the full story on HubPages.

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