Greenly warmer

IMG_5406Spring is well sprung. Compared to last year, when the end of April saw me wading through knee-deep snow in late April, wrapped in thermal layers against the -8C freeze, this year it was sun, and no rain all month so we were beginning to face the horrible prospect of drought.

But early May has seen lots of gentle rain and the very occasional thunderstorm, which is perfect for the earth and growing things. ‘Nori si soare’ says the weather forecast. Occasional ‘furtuna’ warnings with lightning symbols lancing through the cloud, and so it’s proving. Perfect mixed weather for the cycle of wildflower meadows and sweet hay, and happy herbivores munching through lush spring grass. Glorious.

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Such a pretty day

Sun, blue sky and snow… beautiful.

A stiff wind making it feel much colder than the 2C temperature, but the snow is sparkling like diamonds. The ice crystals show the whole spectrum of light, scattering colour from the sun. But try as I might, I can’t capture it with the camera. You’ll have to believe me…

Summer continues in the mountains

I’m still in a sleeveless linen shirt, on 2nd October. Apart from a blessed few days of rain, which brought cold air with it, summer has been unstoppable.

Last year I was still in summer clothes on 10th October, having lunch outside and loving the warm autumn. The following night, the temperature plummeted 30C down to zero, and we had a heavy snow fall. Bad news for the fruit trees – the apples were still unpicked, and the weight of the snow on the leafy branches was too much for my visini tree.

The snow only lasted for a couple of days, but it was a shocking switch from summer to winter. The snow proper didn’t arrive till 6th December, but that was it – we didn’t see grass again till April. The hardest winter for 40 years…

Will this year follow the same pattern? I’m making the most of the sun while it’s here!

First snow in October after hot autumn in Magura Transylvania

A new experience for young cats – no-one expected snow so early