Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Raindrops on Roses

A dusting of snow has appeared on the Pyrenean mountain tops a sure sign that the weather is turning cooler despite the bright blue sky. Daytime temperatures in the garden are still pleasant in the low twenties centigrade (mid 60’s F.) Though night-time sees the thermometer record temperatures around 5C.

Working in the season’s cooler sunshine is quite pleasant, and the little rain we have had has refreshed the plants. Roses in particular have enjoyed the showers.

Digging into the earth reveals that the soil at three to four inches down is dry as dust. The grass which seemed to have disappeared in the summer heat has been rejuvenated though still weed infested and patchy. The drought well into its third year has seen water levels in the reservoirs at an all time low, and water prices have risen to a corresponding high. Any further development of the plot particularly tree planting is on hold for the time being.

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