Wednesday, March 31, 2021



The year moving into top gear. March ending with a flurry of activity.  Fresh flowers appearing in dark corners of the house ( collected from the garden every morning after they've been knocked down by inquisitive badgers ). The weather warmer, borderline hot. Certainly no need for a duvet which can be stowed away until autumn. Most tellingly, the wisteria coming back into bloom. 

Still no indication of when we'll get the vaccine. 'The Font' calls the pharmacy and the medical centre twice a week to remind them of our presence. All the local rental houses are full. The little 24/7 store car park full of Audis with Ile de France  plates. Usually the area sees an influx of Brits and Dutch for the Easter holidays. This year it's Parisians who have taken the houses on  long term let. 

For the first time this morning there was criticism of the government on the national  radio breakfast programme.  A doctor said that ICU beds were all now full.  She went on to say that the country would soon be suffering the 'Lombardy effect' -  a term I'd not heard before. It's that point all politicians fear when patients have to be treated in corridors because the wards are full. 

Angus gives the planters at the front door a fresh coat of  paint. He then power washes the terrace and cleans the outside tables and chairs. Umbrellas are brought out of storage.

Sophie sits in the half shade of the peonies and observes everything that's going on. Being a diva she's happy to supervise . With the mercury rising it will soon be too hot for that long , leisurely afternoon walk.

This made me chuckle ( although his English accent would raise eyebrows in London ) :

Chicks learning the worm grabbing move from their mother :


WFT Nobby said...

Beautiful photos of Sophie and the peonies in front of the ROF in warm spring sunshine could have one thinking the world was problem free and perfect.

Lisa in France said...

Beautiful daffodils. We had them growing in the yard where I grew up, and they were always a sign of spring, but we don't seem to have them in Japan, only the smaller narcissus. The dialect video was fascinating, especially his detailed discussion of the various dialects around New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania. (I am weirdly proud of the fact my Japan-raised son has a New Jersey accent.) I think we are in a secret vaccine hell in Japan. Officially, the dates keep getting pushed back month by month, but yesterday an honest doctor told me we're probably actually looking at the end of the year. (We had that conversation in the context of arranging for my coughing daughter to get tested - still waiting for the results.) Just a few months ago, Japan was being praised for having ordered enough vaccine for everyone, but something has clearly gone off the rails. And the Olympics are coming. This secrecy, and the press's complicity, is one of the things I really don't like about Japan.

Coppa's girl said...

What a delightful picture Sophie and the peonies make. It must be spring if the power washer has been brought out, and the planters given a fresh coat of paint! I'm waiting for the last of the pollen to fall before I start washing down.
Your weather is much better than ours - although it's sunny, there is a gusting cold wind. Being high up on the side of a steep hill, we feel the full blast of any wind and it's quite unpleasant to sit outdoors, so no umbrellas unfurled yet.

Taste of France said...

You're making me miss my yard, even though I never enjoyed gardening.
Last spring, we heard nothing but criticism of how the government was strangling business and killing the economy. It's not at the hardware store, or buying shoes and groceries, that I'm going to catch Covid; it's at dinner parties, which is why I don't attend those. Yesterday, after weeks of hearing about why schools needed to close (parents and teachers terrified), an expert on C Dans l'Air said, well, actually transmission in school is extremely low because masks are required. It's where kids gather without masks that they catch covid--getting together at each other's homes. Same for adults. The government can't control what happens in private. So shutting down irrelevant things is just a way to keep everybody in their own homes and not mixing, maskless--it takes away the false sense of normalcy. But there will be a big price to pay economically and psychologically.

Sharon said...

Love the picture of Sophie amongst the flowers. We are having yo-yo weather. 17C yesterday, snow tomorrow. Due to increased COVID cases Prince Edward County put new restrictions in place yesterday . All Hotels, B&Bs, Air B& Bs, STAs and rental cottages have been closed to those from outside our Health Zone (HPEC). Reservations have been cancelled. ID and contact tracing is required for restaurants. Some stores are only allowing those from HPEC in to shop. The chicks and their mother have quite the dance moves.

Camille said...

Such beautiful photos this morning. Miss Sophie is looking adorably regal posing in front of the peonies. I have no idea what sort of bobbing momma bird and babies those are, but I have fallen in love with the plump little bodies and their worm hunting style. The linguistics link was fun to watch. Very unhappy to hear about the ongoing bureaucratic delay in receiving your jabs. It just seems to be so very unfair on so many levels.

rottrover said...

Fingers crossed for a negative test for your daughter.

Jean said...

There is so much talk about the French being reluctant to have the vaccine yet everyone I know of who lives in France is desperate to get it....although most of them are either British or American. It's the system letting the people down.