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Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho

Indian Summers in France


Today it’s 21º Celsius. Perfectly pleasant. The sun has been coming and going and I have been raking. Endless raking under the walnut tree. And pruning. I want to keep the ivy and the wisteria on the bottom half of the house so I can control them. Over the summer I did let them go wild because I love opening windows with green things going every which way. The autumn colours are just starting their show.


25 comments on “Indian Summers in France

  1. kjennings952
    October 24, 2016

    So perfect! I will be right over to help you rake 😉

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  2. Helen Devries
    October 24, 2016

    I like the colour of those hydrangeas against the colour of the walls and door.

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  3. Arkenaten
    October 24, 2016

    Looking very posh. I will not rake a leaf. Nature must do its thing or the gardener must do his, if he feels up to it. I am not fussed either way!

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    • Ever? Doesn’t that harm the plants beneath dead leaves?


      • Arkenaten
        October 24, 2016

        Haven’t a clue. Most of the wind blown detritus seems to end up in the front garden where it is mostly lawn, a huge palm tree and the pond.
        The east wall is lined with shrubs and trees and where leaves fall they seem to act as a mulch.
        Leaves are cleared away from the back door area as this just looks messy and of course, leaves are removed when they get blown into drains and what have you.
        The house sits quite high up so we don’t seem to get much wind blown stuff from neighbours.

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  4. Esme (@cococroissants)
    October 24, 2016

    The colours are lovely. I can imagine it is a task figuring out how much to let them grow or cut back. C’est tres charmante.

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  5. Hariod Brawn
    October 24, 2016

    You’ve been raking. This is like fucking Twitter. 😉

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  6. Carmen
    October 24, 2016

    It looks . . . Merveilleux!! 😉 Thanks for the ‘tour’! 🙂

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  7. metan
    October 24, 2016

    I love greenery around my windows too, it brings the outside almost into the room. Except here it also brings the big spiders right into the room too… 😀

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  8. agrudzinsky
    October 25, 2016

    What’s so Indian about it? In Russian it’s called “бабье лето” (woman’s summer) for some reason. What’s it called in French?


    • Here it’s called St. Martin’s summer, but I think that’s more specific to the period between All Saints and St. Martin (meaning the first half of November.)
      I just looked up the etymology of it and apparently it’s to do with the weather of the (native) Indians of North America. I had presumed it was something to do with India… but no.

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