We were in Le Grand-Pressigny for a week after Christmas and the weather was most peculiar.
When we set off from home in the UK at 4.30 am on Boxing Day it was incredibly mild: 13½°C. This is in stark contrast to last year when we had temperatures below freezing in the UK and barely getting above freezing for most of the week.
This time we had fine weather and mild temperatures all the way to the Loire. When we arrived chez nous, Nicole had put the heaters on low and had laid the fire for us but the house did not have that dense chill that we normally get when we have been away for a few weeks at this time of year. Boxing Day had been a gloriously mild and sunny day in the village, apparently.
The next morning it was still mild but it was very misty. Then it warmed up and we had a lovely fine day.
As the week went by the weather changed a lot. We had a couple of frosty mornings, then it warmed up again and gave way to grey drizzle for most of the time we were there.
This was disappointing. We really look forward to the blue skies, frosty nights and log fires that we normally get on our winter break.
Everywhere we went there was evidence of a mild autumn and winter (so far anyway). We saw geraniums in flower everywhere, including our own. We also spotted a red camellia and pink hollyhocks in full bloom.
But we had a nice time and on our last day, as we were packing up to come home, sadly, the sun came out and we had our lunch on the terrace before we set off back North.
However, due to the mild temperatures we didn’t make much of a dent in our log pile, which is still there for another visit, and the electricity bill will be better than usual. Every cloud and all that…….