P1090535The south of France is anything but a hardship post. As winters go, they’re the green pistes, compared with the black ones elsewhere. In fact, spring started sprouting more than a week ago. (The mimosas are exploding, as in the top photo.)P1090325The days are getting longer and milder. The air smells doux, in all the French senses of the word: sweet, soft, mild, gentle… It’s intoxicating, making you want to fill your lungs again and again. It’s been mild enough that we can open the windows and let the perfume in the house (in addition to the daily airing that all good French people perform every morning, kind of the opposite of hygge). Snow is an hour away, if we want it, in abundance.P1090521P1090520

The bees are buzzing, the butterlies are fluttering. The weeds are invading.P1090461P1090463

The majestic plane trees are still bare. They look like tortured sculptures, though the trunks of some remind me of the trunks of elephants. P1090530P1090532P1090542

The trees in the woods don’t yet have leaves, but greenery persists throughout winter here.P1090502P1090526The river is robust, neither threatening nor dry. P1090551P1090509The baby grass is so tender. I just wanted to stay and stroke it (I did partake for a few minutes, but resisted the urge to take off my shoes and feel it between my toes, too).P1090501P1090565Secret worlds come to life.

Welcome, spring.P1090517

Please check out Daily Plate of Crazy, who also has musings today on midwinter madness.

26 thoughts on “Midwinter Madness

    1. Winter here lasts from Dec. 1 to Feb. 1. Can’t complain. Spring sometimes outwears its welcome, but, even then it isn’t too rough. We had gray skies and rain this morning, but now the sun is out.

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  1. Yes, I can feel the rays of the sun getting warmer, our daffodils are up, but not open yet….soon…I would love to be able to open the windows, but not quite yet. The good thing is we have an air exchange, so that there is always fresh air coming in and stale air going out.
    Ali

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  2. Gorgeous images!! I suspect that our climate in LA isn’t too different, though we’re sliding back into a drought, and the hills (and some yards) are still dry and brown.

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    1. LA is a lot farther south. We’re at the approximately same latitude as Toronto, Boise, Sioux Falls…we are warmed by the Mediterranean. Like California, we also fear drought. Summers are hot and dry (and very comfortable), and wild fires break out, though not as huge as in California. I hope you get to visit some day!

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  3. Beautiful! After back to back freezes that hardly ever haunt this part of the world, our yard looks pretty dilapidated. Just as well, I dislike everything except the baby boxwood, which are about the only things that survived. Spring is looking expensive but much more attractive, gratefully.

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    1. I LOVE boxwood. A pest took all of ours (my topiaries!) as well as those in the parks. So sad to see the bare skeletons. Six or seven years ago, it froze here for a week–even during the day. A very different thing than the occasional overnight frost. Many plants died, especially palm trees, and pipes burst all over, because so much plumbing runs outside houses (with three-foot-thick stone walls of old buildings, it’s often the easiest/cheapest option). It showed just how unusual such cold is. I hope your garden rebounds in spring!

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  4. Even here in la porte des Alpes Spring is shyly stretching and beginning to put her best foot forwards – the difference is that snow is threatened later 😉 Your pictures and evocative prose are entrancing – your post made me want to burst into some sort of Doris Day songathon (I refrained. Which is fortunate for all around me)

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