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This year, it seemed that spring would never come. And perhaps it didn't, since it feels like we have jumped right into summer at this long Pentecost week-end. We moved without transition from opening all curtains in our veranda to get every sun ray heating up the house, to closing them in order to keep out the heat. It seems like yesterday that my hands went numb in an attempt to clean the swimming pool, and yesterday my wife took her first plunge at 22° C.
The last night frost was in the early days of May!

The landscape around us has changed dramatically in a very short time span, as some of these images show. The efforts of the vine are enormous. In about three months, the grapes will already be harvested. The climate in Provence is harsh on plants.


Collobrières 28/04/2010

10 days after the image above, on the same spot


Collobrières 16/05/2010

Another 18 days later


Collobrières 28/04/2010

28 April, and the same spot

Collobrières 16/05/2010

on 16 May


Two more images around Cuers, about 20 km from Collobrières.
Despite the short distance, vegetation is already further developed in this valley, open to the southern winds from the sea.

Cuers 16/05/2010

Cuers 16/05/2010