>J and the rest of the generation gang are off at the beach today. Our daughter, LVP, thinks it very funny that she’s going to La Rochelle (followed by Isle de Rey): as apparently do most of her old schoolchum/facebookey buddies. When at school, learning French, one of the texts they used – Tricolor – had many references to the town and its facilities. She’s rather looking forward to having a fun day out, looking out for the Biblioteque, La Marie etc., – you get the idea, I’m sure!
J also spoke to our old neighbour, Monica, in Sweden yesterday on the phone. Spring has arrived in time for them to have had a lovely Easter break with temperatures in the high teens and 20s during the day. Still dipping towards freezing overnight; though the snow has now gone, save for on the highest hills, she assures us.
Probably looks a bit like this now on the local river, Ångermanälven, Junsele, a few Kms from our house:
Sweden is often like that. Snow and cold one day followed by sunshine and warmth the next. When the warmth arrives, unfortunately, so, too, do the biting bugs. Horseflies the size of Nicholas Soames, Mozzies in their thousands, gnats. Wasps. Hornets. Long-snouted weevils. They just seem to arrive with the good weather, making it a bit miserable at times, if truth be told.
Here it’s blue sky, temp about 20 at noon, with a light, chilly breeze at times today. We have discovered loads of unpleasant looking (is there any other?) bugs when digging the garden: they are burrowing things of one kind or another, and scuttle out of sight with considerable vitesse when uncovered. We’ve looked through some insect books and ‘googled’ but can’t identify them.
He was back at about 05:10 this morn with a loud bellow to make sure we all woke to admire the peace offering he’d brought for us – the usual mouse – which he then promptly demolished on the floor at the foot of the bed! Little booger! Not a thought for the worry he’d caused me!