Well, that poet Shelley knew a thing or two ..... we have had it calm, sunny and really very warm for a few weeks now - so that the leaves have been able to just absorb the sun and show off their palette of reds and golds:
There have been a few mornings with light frosts and mist:
- and then, two days ago, powerful southeast winds sprung up - still warm, and stripped the leaves like filleting fish, so just the bones of the stalks remain in place clinging to the walls:
- and the leaves pushed up against walls and doors in multi-coloured drifts:
The weather forecast is saying that next week the temperatures will be in the twenties centigrade - and then, who knows - there is an apprehension that winter may suddenly appear, sighing in with frost and ice. But in the meantime .......
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Simon lives at Nichoir, Le Bruel, with his wife Noella. They moved here in May 2013, with their Newfoundland dog, Oska, and their cat, Snufkin. Together they have set out on an adventure to create what they hope will be home from home for family and a rather special Chambres D'Hotes for guests.
Simon & Noella Mauger, 'Nichoir', Le Bruel, 81340 Lacapelle Pinet, TARN, France