Life in the Loire on lock-down. 10th May. Day fifty seven.
Apart from some bright flashes of light during the night, the storm didn’t materialise. Maybe today. Déconfinement minus one.
Life in the Loire on lock-down. 26th March. Day twelve.
Feeling a bit sluggish this morning. Partly because I probably got a bit carried away with the wine last night (it being my birthday).
Life in the Loire on lock-down. Tuesday 24th March. Day ten.
So finally the UK joins us in lock-down. I spoke to my parents last night (thank goodness for Facetime) and they do seem quite worried by it all now.
What’s going on in the Loire valley vineyards in May?
The beginning of May saw another few days when the temperature dropped below zero. Growers were out in force all through the night lighting fires, burning candles and pumping water from the Vienne trying to minimise the damage.
The van arrived with all our furniture this last Monday so it’s been all systems go this week unpacking boxes. It’s been like a lucky dip, rediscovering our things.
Veraison – counting down to harvest
Veraison is the point at which grapes start to change colour. Black grapes that until this point are green, take on a pink or purple hue and white grapes change from green to a slightly more golden colour. It marks the transition from berry growth to berry ripening.
News from the Loire – Fête du Thoureil 5/6 May 2018
It’s the annual Fête du Thoureil this weekend, the 5th and 6th May. The forecast is for 23°C on Saturday and 27°C on Sunday, sunny and bright so fantastic news for the organisers of this lovely local event on the river Loire.
Personal News – my life in the Loire 1st May 2018
Happy May Day!
Temperatures dropped to just around freezing last night in the Vouvray and Muscadet regions so growers were out lighting fires in the vineyard to try and avoid the potential risk of frost. The weather forecast is pretty encouraging but temperatures were due to have a dip last night.