|Neighbor's cat, but in our house|
It is the end of May. The month of May had 3 holidays. May 1 is Labor Day, May 8 Victory and 19-20 of May is Pentecost (this year).
We have had one of the worst years weather wise and it was confirmed by the newspaper. It is not my imagination. For the first part of this year we have had only 300 hours of sun. No wonder everyone is so grim! It has only been 50-60° most days in May also. We have had to light a fire in our wood stove almost every night. There were a couple of days when the sun was out, and oh how beautiful those days were. Because of all the rain there has been flooding everywhere. Some villages were devastated. Dijon had many streets knee deep in water!! So far our house is dry, but the yard has been very soggy at times. So we wait to see how June will turn out.
My Blog this month is going to have more photos than chatter!
When the weather is miserable, there just may be a food tasting or wine tasting somewhere. We went down to Saulieu for the "Journees Gourmand" and had a delightful lunch. Booths of food are offered for tastings or you can buy a plate for lunch. Of course there is wine too. I had a wonderful goat cheese salad, Keith found a leg of duck (cuisse de canard).
|Countryside on the drive down|
|Spice booth..amazing scents|
In spite of the rain, I did get up and off my butt and took some photos. One hike was over at the ponds behind Gevrey. There was some sun!
|swans -one hissed at me!!|
|Flipper and the Colza (Canola flowers)|
|tree in a yellow field|
|wild orchid...not common|
|Hélianthème des Apennins|
|Sceau de Salomon multiflore|
|Arum (Gouet maculé)|
My walks in the woods were finished for the month, replaced by walks in Paris. Met Chris (from England) in Paris, and in spite of the rain, we had a packed weekend. Friday it rained the most, so it was museum day. First to the museum Luxembourg for the Chagall expo. It was amazing. Enjoyed the whole morning there, and it was not that crowded. That afternoon we went to the museum d'Orsay. After a long wait in line to get in (in the rain), we had a couple of relaxing hours left to see the best of the impressionists.
Saturday the weather was a little better and it was off to Versailles. We had our bought our tickets ahead of time to avoid the lines...hmmm, so had everyone else!! No line at the ticket door at all, but maybe 200 people ahead of us waiting to enter! Oh well.
It rained while we toured inside and while we ate lunch. That afternoon, for the gardens, we had some sun. So it worked rather well. It rained again at the end of the day for our walk back to the train station.
|Hall of Mirrors|
|View of the palace from the garden fountain|
Sunday forecast was even better, so decided to go to Giverny to see the gardens of Monet. Incredibly beautiful. I love gardens.
|Sacre Couer at the top|
|Oops, the quai is under water...|
better to walk at the street level!!
|And NOTRE DAME... (and some sun!)|
|Taken through the Plexiglas at the Bastille Metro stop|
Some scratches on the right-not ropes
|Carrots, cucumber, et surimi|
I continue to have fun with my camera, and enjoy pottery (photos of latest pieces next month).