Welcoming Spring

Admittedly Uzerche experienced a mild winter this year.

I was grateful for this on two levels:

Since my heating went out a couple of times it was easier to keep the chill out of a stone house when the weather wasn’t extremely cold.

As a native of Southern California it broke me in gently to real winter weather.

Even though it was relatively warm here* this past winter I am still glad to see signs of spring around Uzerche.

(*December was mostly in the low 50°s F, January and February the low 40°s F, March beginning in the mid 40°s F, turning toward the mid 50°s F with the beginning of spring.)

The most obvious signs are the many wild flowers growing along the paths and roadsides.

Among the flowers were lots of Dandelions.  I’ve come across many Dandelion recipes lately so next time I go out for a long wander I’ll plan to bring a sack along to collect some.

Some of the trees are already in bloom:

as these by the Château Pontier,


Château Pontier

these trees in the garden of the Château Bécharie,


The garden at Château Bécharie

this tree in front of a popular hangout for locals, the Café de France,


Café de France, a local hangout

and this vibrant tree overlooking the Vézère River.


Overlooking the Vézère River

This garden is in transition from winter to spring.  You can see some rows of lettuce and a couple of fresh furrows in the foreground.


Garden in transition

I came across these wonderful brick features in another garden and couldn’t resist taking this picture.


Features in a private garden. The top one is a bread oven.

Another picture too good to pass up is the landscape maintenance man’s broom; this is what he actually uses.  You gotta love it.


Love the broom

April showers bring May flowers but they also chased me inside for the rest of the day.

I can’t wait for spring to come into its full glory.  When it does there’ll be more pictures to follow.



About Joie du Voyage - Joy of the Journey

I'm following my long term dream of retiring in France. I arrived in France June 2015 and moved into my new house on New Year’s Eve. I’m experiencing challenges with ongoing renovations but it hasn’t dampened my spirit. Now I’m settling into life here, joining in the local community, enjoying visits from family and friends, and exploring other areas of France. * My personal motto: Don’t take life too seriously - or eternity too lightly. *
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4 Responses to Welcoming Spring

  1. Mary says:

    Great post! I LOVE the pictures… I need to definitely visit in spring sometime! 🙂


  2. Carol W. says:

    Lovely! As beautiful as fall was there it looks like spring will be just as beautiful.


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