July 1, 2012

Summer Weather in Normandy

Hydrangeas

Raindrops

Would you like to know what the summer weather is like in Normandy? I can easily describe it in just one word: schizophrenic.

You wake up to sun.
Then by the time you've made coffee and want to sit out in the garden, it's drizzling. Then the sun comes back out for a few hours, followed by a two minute shower.
Sun.
Rain.
Sun.
Rain.
Sun.
Rain.
Then, almost every evening, bright sun and blue skies.

It's pretty fabulous.

Le Port

Normandy Cow

By contrast, the summer weather in the south of France is more consistent. And by consistent, I mean it's either all or nothing.

Mind-numbing heat for weeks on end that sap your energy and your appetite. Errands must be run early in the day and salads, ice cream and glasses of cold rosé become your best friends.
Strong winds, not mere gusts, but winds, that blow for days. 
Violent thunderstorms that dump buckets of rain and knock out power, then disappear as quickly and dramatically as they arrived.

It's beautiful, it's the south of France for heaven's sake!
But it's not for the faint of heart.

Raindrops

Raindrops on Roses

I'm discovering that extremely hot weather doesn't suit me anymore. Maybe if our house in the south of France had had central A/C and a swimming pool, then the heat wouldn't have bothered me so much. But those are luxuries that we never had, so it's hard to know.

What I do know, is that for me, summer in Normandy is perfect!

water and sand


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