Everywhere you look at this time of year in our part of the Touraine you see yellow set off by bright green of young wheat. The colza [rape seed] is in full flower. Last year, like many things, including our bulbs; it flowered very quickly as it was unseasonally warm. This year it is 'staying around' a bit more.
The last couple of days we've had sudden rain storms sometimes mixed with hail. The weather will close in, the trees will lash about while the valley slope opposite disappears and then whoosh ... down comes rain/hail in sharp showers. Driving back from Loches yesterday we were caught in several bursts. We need the moisture but the hail, although the stones were very small, was less welcome.
colza on the hillsides
With the current wild skies the clouds zoom over the landscape turning everything rapidly from shadow to light. When a patch of sun hits the colza it flares acid yellow. It made for a lovely view when we went to do our weekly shop this morning.
a bevy of presidential hopefuls
Down in the village the posters of all the candidates in the French presidential beam out at passing motorists. Campaigning for the first round is coming to an end with voters going to the ballot box on Sunday. The two candidates with the most votes then go forward to a second round.