Sunny, sweltering south of France!

Oh my, it is so very, very hot down here – and has been consistently so for the last two weeks!

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The temperatures are in the 30s every day, and don’t go down to much more than 24 the whole of the night. We are not complaining, though! Climate has such a massive influence on all of us, and is one of the reasons why we knew we wanted to live down in the Mediterranean. 
 
The locals here talk of the “ice saints” who apparently are around and about from January to April when they disappear, giving us the warm weather which will doubtless now stick around until October. As legends go, it seems to have some credence and I, for one, can vouch for the fact that they are no longer with us.
 
The other thing about having this wonderful weather is that it is normal here, so it is not a question of people rushing out to take advantage of it, thinking it may change the next day (which is something we remember from having sudden lovely days in the UK). This means that the restaurants and bars here are never crazily busy; it is simply a case of people out and about enjoying themselves. As for the beaches: well there are several kilometres of sandy ones within an hour or so drive again – no jockeying for spaces to sit under your parasol!
 
We have been eating outside every evening since my last missive to you, and often staying up until the small hours “contemplating life and art”, as Mr. Fix It would say. We had some friends over last weekend, and while us women folk retired to bed around 1.30 am, the men stayed up until dawn, taking photos, cooling off in our pool (Alfie joined in!) and watching the deep blue sky become brighter as the sun came up. It truly is warm enough to stay up wearing light summer clothes these days.
 
Sometimes I look at our courtyard and pool and think back to when we moved here and the whole space was literally a jungle! It’s at moments like this that we realise how much progress we have made, even though at times it is a hard graft. The joys of living here most definitely outweigh all the dust and mess that gets in our way as we continue to work on this lovely house.

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