Sunday, 9 March 2014

Forget Spring... Summer came early today!

With temperatures reaching 21.2C today, we took a leisurely walk following one of the waymarked routes starting and finishing in the centre of Usseau, a small village 22km south east of Braye. It was also the first proper outing of the year for the 2CV!

The walk takes you through rolling farmland giving some wonderful views over the open countryside..

It was a perfect day for photography and Colin captured this white wagtail and a couple of partridge..
Both these last two photos were taken from quite a distance away so we were pleased with the results.

The walk takes you past the Maquignon quarry which gave me a chance to indulge in my passion for stone - on a grand scale...

Returning to the village we noticed a sign highlighting one of the more confusing aspects of driving in France...

This is the old French system of giving priority to all traffic coming from the right. This still applies at unmarked crossroads in the countryside, in small villages, as well as minor streets inside cities, etc. Most other road crossings have some kind of priority system implemented. 

Home again and it was shorts on as we sat out to have a cup of tea!

Can't be bad for the 9th March!!

6 comments:

GaynorB said...

Looks like a wonderful day, all round. On a Sunday, too, but then in retirement isn't every day a Sunday? ;o)

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Is it Sunday, Gaynor? We lose count these days!

Jean said...

We had a great day here today too.
It reached 19°C and was glorious.
The only thing that worries me is that it was exactly like this in 2012. A good early spring then it rained all through the summer !!

Tim said...

We recorded 22 Centipede here...
and as the house was slightly colder at 21...
we gave the place a "reet blow through!!"

T'was very nice....
but it did seem odd, firing up the boiler in these temperatures...
but, given that it is now 5.1 Centipede outside...
I am glad I did!!!


Your "Grey Wagtail" is a White Wagtail...
A Grey Wagtail has Yellow belly and Marine Grey head...
the White Wagtail is cousin to the Pied Wagtail of the British Isles....
in fact we had a Pied here all last year, nesting with a White...
but we'll not know the result... the juveniles of both look the same...
and won't be around this year.
See, even the British birds are moving in in this area!!

ladyjustine said...

Deckchairs out already :) My garden still has a bit of work to get it to the deckchair stage, no matter what the sunshine says! Enjoy the sun while it lasts!

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. I've corrected that one, Tim!

Enjoy the good weather - hope it lasts!!