Whatever the weather

No matter where you are in the world and what you are planning to do – you can’t control the weather.

A summer's day in Gargilesse

We are currently house-swapping – living in a house in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs while the owners are enjoying our house in central France.

Blue skies in Argenton

Coming to the end of winter here in the Southern hemisphere, we were treated to a couple of spring-like days over the last week – teasing us with a glimpse of the end of what has been a very long, cold, wet winter – or perhaps we are just spoilt, not actually having lived through an entire Melbourne winter for the last 4 years?

Meanwhile, in our gorgeous town of Argenton-sur-Creuse, our house-swappers complained that “L’été n’est pas très chaud à Argenton” (Summer is not very hot in Argenton) and I raised my eyebrows in distinct lack of sympathy. But after checking the local weather forecast – via the weather tracker at the bottom of my blog page – I could understand why they were complaining.

With forecast maximums from just 18 to a more respectable 24 degrees Celsius for the next week, a few rather cool nights (even down to 14 degrees) and some showers, they did have reason to be rather disappointed if they were expecting a “real” summer by Australian standards.

The Creuse River

But Argenton is in central France, and you need to head further south if you really want high temperatures. However, in terms of averages, they are doing quite well for this time of year – now heading towards Autumn as it is in the Northern hemisphere.

Perfectly peaceful

In our experience, clouds quickly clear to reveal gorgeous blue skies, and it can actually feel quite hot there at 24 degrees which sounds mighty good to us. We would trade places with them in a heartbeat.

La Bonne Dame

But whatever the weather, we love Argenton-sur-Creuse and can’t wait to get back there ourselves. We have finally booked our return tickets and will be spending winter in France this time – and hoping it will snow for us once more.

Snow and sunshine in Argenton

Argenton is extra pretty with sunshine making the snow on the rooftops sparkle.

About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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11 Responses to Whatever the weather

  1. This looks and sounds wonderful, both your house in France and the idea of house-swapping with someone in Australia! I am quite envious! 🙂

    • frenchfry36 says:

      The house-swapping (or house-sitting or house-sharing) is a necessity while we work in Australia in order to save up to get back to France… for as long and as often as we are able!

  2. rosemarykneipp says:

    The weather this summer in the whole of Europe is absolutely abysmal. I always tell my guests and home exchangers that I can guarantee everything except the weather. We had swaps with Tasmania three years ago and only had about two decent days the whole time but we certainly couldn’t blame it on our home exchange hosts!

  3. I wasn’t actually complaining by the way; merely keeping you abreast of international weather! And what is that house pictured at the top of the post? It’s not ours and it’s not yours. Interesting.

    • frenchfry36 says:

      It’s actually a photo of a house in nearby Gargilesse – which is what I set the alt-text to say (which doesn’t appear to be working?) Anyway, it would certainly be nice to own that house! Très jolie.

  4. Helen says:

    What sort of work do you do in Australia? I’d love to be part time so that we could spend more time in our house in France. At this time I think I will probably have to wait until we retire. I also love Melbourne and if I ever wanted to live in a city again I think Melbourne is the best one in Australia!

  5. Merci for visiting 24/7 in France, author of “Solitary Desire-One Woman’s Journey to France” See video http://youtu.be/xG_YTa5sDac and wishing you a bon dimanche!

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