At choir was given the info that the passes in the Pyrenees are still blocked with snow, and that the farmers cannot take their animals up onto the summer pastures in the mountains because they can't get up there, and anyway, there are no meadows as such because where there should be flowers there are deep snow fields. This info perturbed us somewhat. Sooner or later it will get hot, sooner or later that snow will melt, sooner or later it is going to take a trip out to the sea and a chunk of it is going to come past us. Hopefully it will not linger on our land. A third time of flooding would be a bit silly. Already Home Field is not usable again because the gate entrances are flooded because of the high rainfall, so everyone is out on the Side Field again. Hope we don't crash into a heatwave though. That field has no shade. The sheep can't be sheared because it is too cold and wet, so their fleeces are thick this year. They might get sunstroke, or fly strike, or both, should the temperatures suddenly rocket up, as they are prone to do here.
But at least the bees got out and about today, and the geese had a lovely day romping in the water on the field, and Gussy was happy because we cut his tangled coat off, and I was happy because it was warm enough for me to lay out on my sunbed for an hour, and the piglets were happy because the ground in the pig pen was dry enough for them to have a little romp, and Lester was happy because it was Sunday and he could have a day off.
And apparently, the upset weather is because: "After an episode of sweetness in mid-April 2013, since May 10th a major part of France has had cool and dreary weather. Indeed, Western Europe is affected by two anticyclones. The anticyclone "Azores", centered farther north than usual and bordering the west coast of Europe, is flowing clockwise round another anticyclone, the winds this creates bringing in from the north disturbed weather. Further east, another well established anticyclone blocks these depressions on Western Europe while promoting unusually warm temperatures in Russia." (Info from Meteo France, via Google Translate and some editing by me). Ah, so that's why!
Perhaps these anticyclones will sort themselves out soon, and we can get out of thermals, and the sheep can get out of their thick coats. It will be a relief all round. But we did get a drop of sun today, and it didn't rain at all, although the light in the sky suggested it was more towards October rather than it being the end of May.
It is an odd year in many ways.