Monday, December 06, 2010
Frosty the charentaise snowman
Meet Frosty - he may seem like a pretty feeble snowman compared to UK efforts but I can tell you that getting even a sprinkling of snow in the Charente is a big deal.
Airports, roads and schools were closed for a couple of days and my property viewing schedule ground to a halt. It's no joke trying to navigate some of these rural French roads when your car is trying to audition for a guest slot on Dancing on ice.
One of the reasons we chose to live in the area around Cognac is the fact that it's the second sunniest part of France, after the Cote d'Azur. I can't remember the exact figures but think that it gets around 2,400 hours of sunshine a year on average.
Well monsieur le soleil has been pretty conspicuous by his absence these past couple of weeks.
Mind you, the countryside has been even more impressive than usual. Here are some pics of my friend Christian Martin and his vineyard in the heart of Grande Champagne. You can see he's not overly impressed with this bizarre "English" weather:
Sadly Frosty has gone off to help Santa prepare for Christmas and normal service has now been resumed with children back at school and a back-log of viewings to be done asap.
'Twas nice while it lasted.