June has been a bit or a whirlwind - both socially and weather-wise!!
Lucy and Andy continued to enjoy a week of mostly warm and sunny weather, with the exception of Sunday 3rd June when it appeared to be raining over the whole of Europe. While London shivered in the cold and rain for the royal Jubilee river pageant, we toasted the Queen's 60 years in suitable fashion at a wonderful garden party hosted by Lucy and David at the chateau. We sheltered from the rain in their spacious barn and enjoyed a very English lunch and good company.
When the sun returned on the Monday, we took Lucy and Andy to the beautiful Orlu valley for a walk and Marmot spotting.
Other social events this month have included an 'end of year' dance party where I and the others in my rock group performed our group dance. Fun but scary!! We watched the England/France Euro 2012 match with friends and have since enjoyed several balmy evenings over aperos, barbeque's and meals with both English and French friends as well as chambres d'hotes guests throughout the month. Several spells of hot and sunny weather have been brought to an end each time by quite ferocious and at times damaging storms. In fact the thunder is rumbling as I write!
A couple of the storms took us by surprise and have been quite localized with some areas experiencing torrential rain and hail, while just a mile or two away it remains dry. Our photos of the month tell more of the story! The grass still needs cutting regularly, but at least the vegetables are putting on a spurt as well, enjoying the mix of sun and rain.
Thursday 21st June is celebrated all over France by music events. We went to local town Saverdun to see Jean Paul's band 'Shaker' play. The event was organised by the rugby club so they had a good crowd there and the music was excellent. We are looking forward to hosting a party here next Saturday at which 'Shaker' are going to play. Fingers are crossed for a dry evening!
Here are our photos for this month