Yesterday was the last day of the boys' two week half term and what a way to end it. Usually, by November 1st, we are looking at chilly weather, maybe an overnight frost or at least rain or cold fog. Not this year though when, like most of France and the UK, we were basking under clear blue skies and summer temperatures. A true Indian Summer in Normandy.
We started with a late breakfast in the garden after I had hung the washing on the line (washing that was dry in a couple of hours).
After Connect 4 we moved down to the play area for a family match of the quintessentially French game of petenque, also known as boules. Tom and I versus Ben and Simon. Sadly, after a commanding early lead, Tom and I were beaten in a nail biting finish to the better team. Here's hoping the weather holds for a rematch.
But the warm weather fun was not over for the boys - I went to cook dinner, Simon to do some paperwork and the boys decided trampolining whilst chucking water over each other would be a good idea. Cold water, straight from the tap!
And all the while Saari and the pigs were sunbathing!
Despite the warmth, though, there are still plenty of signs that it was REALLY November 1st. Simon collected 2 baskets of chestnuts, some of which we'll eat and some will go to the pigs and the autumn colours continue to be fabulous. What a way to start November!
If you want to enjoy late autumn in Normandy we do have availability for the next few weeks. Whilst we cannot guarantee this sort of weather we do guarantee you a warm welcome whatever the temperature! For further details and to make a booking please visit our website or email us by clicking here.