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,
these trees in the garden of the Château Bécharie,
this tree in front of a popular hangout for locals, the Café de France,
and this vibrant tree 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.
I came across these wonderful brick features in another garden and couldn’t resist taking this picture.
Another picture too good to pass up is the landscape maintenance man’s broom; this is what he actually uses. You gotta love it.
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.