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It’s positively estival !

Over the holiday period, the weather has been anything but wintery, and I got to use one of my favourite French words – estival, meaning summery – a lot. Even though the temperature has been between 10 and 15° (hey, that’s a South Gippsland summer right there, no ?!), the days have been crisp, clear and blue-skied.

Looking out over Lyon, with the Alpes and Mont Blanc in the background, 29/12/12.

Looking out over Lyon, with the Alpes and Mont Blanc in the background, 29/12/12.

When we headed out for a sunny afternoon stroll after Christmas lunch, there was much discussion amongst the Frenchies about how un-Christmassy it was, and how they couldn’t remember a Christmas so warm. We found a bit of snow to play around in over New Year’s at Grenoble, but had to drive up to nearly 1500 metres !

I don’t know why the word estival appeals to me so much – perhaps it’s because it’s so similar to festival, and I do love a good festival; or perhaps it’s just the meaning of the word itself, and the good feelings that nice weather brings.

Bisous !

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2 thoughts on “It’s positively estival !

  1. Kerri Smith on said:

    Hi Jayde
    It sounds like France is more ‘estival’ than South Gippy at the moment although we are due for a few days in the high thirties this week! Just come home from a week at Waratah and of course the weathe starts to I prove now!
    Cheers

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