Monday, November 7, 2016

Autumn colours in the Deux Sevres

French Village Diaries Autumn colours Deux Sevres
Autumn in the vineyards

The autumn colours this year have been magnificent and although I probably say the same thing every year, this year I am sure they are better than in previous years and I’m not the only one to think this. I have a friend in the village who has lived here much longer than I have and who has shared photo after photo exclaiming this year to be exceptional.

French Village Diaries Autumn colours Deux Sevres
Autumn bike rides

Getting out on our bikes, walking the dog or even doing the school run or airport drop off has revealed a feast of golds, reds and oranges of all shades, often glowing in the sunshine, that have really lifted my spirits and made me thankful to live where I do.

French Village Diaries Autumn colours Deux Sevres
Our walnut tree

We have many different fruit trees in our orchard, but rarely have we had much leaf raking to do, until this year. Looking back, it seems most years we have a mid-September frost, usually only for one night, but it is enough to kill off the courgette and tomato plants and cause the cherry and plum tree leaves to drop. Add an autumn breeze and magically the leaves have gone. 

French Village Diaries Autumn colours Deux Sevres
Our red cherry tree

This year, with no early frost, the cherry trees have shown their colours in a surprising way; the leaves on the yellow fruiting trees turned a golden yellow, while the red fruiting trees turned from orange to deep red and have clung to the trees as long as possible. I can’t believe this is our 13th autumn and I’ve never noticed this colour difference before. Raking and mowing the fallen leaves was hard work, but good exercise and worth it to be spending time in our colourful orchard.

French Village Diaries Autumn colours Deux Sevres
Frosty morning

This year our first frost was last night and wow, what a frost. Scraping the car windscreen at seven o’clock this morning was finger numbingly cold and I wished I’d been able to find a pair of gloves, but as most days last week we were able to cycle in shorts and sunshine, I was woefully unprepared. The car was warning me it was minus 3 and a low-lying mist surrounded the village. It was a dark drive to get Ed to school, but the first pinks of the sunrise brightened up my journey home silhouetting the trees, wind turbines and even the deer in the fields. I don’t really like cold mornings, but I could forgive the frost this morning, as it was so very beautiful.

French Village Diaries Autumn colours Deux Sevres
Frosted fruit tree leaves

As I sit here indoors with a cup of coffee and the sunshine warming me nicely, despite the fact the windows need a good clean, I can see the remaining autumn leaves falling like rain as they succumb to the cold. Sadly, I think in a few days our stunning autumn colours will have gone to be replaced with bare winter trees and hedgerows.

French Village Diaries Autumn colours Deux Sevres
Tree-hugging on a dog walk in Melle

At least I have my photos to look back on. I have been sharing quite a few on Instagram but here are a few more. I hope you enjoy them.

French Village Diaries Autumn colours Deux Sevres
Sunlight and autumn leaves

French Village Diaries Autumn colours Deux Sevres
Autumn fire
French Village Diaries Autumn colours Deux Sevres
Golden yellow walnut leaves


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