Provence in Winter
Schnee in der Provence
Neige en Provence
Snow in Provence
After hardly any winter to speak of, the mimosas had started blosoming in Collobrières about six weeks ahead of time. Let us hope they survive the sudden relapse into the season we had expected to be over. (Click on the images to enlarge)
And let us hope in particular that the vinyards are not affected, damaging the business of family and friends - and disappointing our palates a year from now.
In our four years down here, we have had cold winters but had never seen so much snow nor such a firm winter in February.
On the way to my favourite spot at the exit of the village, I realise that the snow has not discouraged two cyclists - unless the same person came and returned along this path. Cycling to the baker on a day like this requires some resolve!
The ground is not quite frozen on this dirt track, and the mud beneath the snow requires rubber boots. That makes waiting for the sun a near freezing experience for my feet, despite thick woolen socks...
The next image, with the mimosa in the foreground is taken waiting for a sun
patch to move into my picture. With hardly any wind, an excruciatingly slow
But in the end, the waiting was worth while, even though the sunlight is wintery timid.
The chairs on the terrace were clearly expecting spring rather than