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.
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.