From St Tropez to Siberia

Last week we had glorious sunshine. The joys of spring were everywhere and we basked in temperatures you’d be happy to have on a summer’s day.

My magnolia tree was in full bloom and the sky was that fabulous shade of blue.


This morning an inch of SNOW covered our car!


What is that all about? I mean come on. We were full of the joys of spring and then gales and snow spoil the party. The temperature has dropped TWENTY degrees. Back to the big winter coats.

I feel sorry for the plants. The majority of the flowers have dropped off my prized magnolia, so that is over for another year.

Thankfully the snow didn’t hit us as hard as other parts of the country. We haven’t had any problems with losing power and the roads were fine so travelling was only partially disrupted.

The snow turned to rain and on the way home there was no trace it had snowed today. It is still REALLY cold though. It’s like we’ve gone from St Tropez to Siberia in a couple of days.

One of my favourite songs is Sometimes it Snows in April – by Prince. He wrote that song about last night and today.

Thanks for reading and I hope you escaped the worst of the weather.

About Pete Denton

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12 Responses to From St Tropez to Siberia

  1. cspeno says:

    Now you know why I live in Florida. My green beans are ready to flower this week — just like they do every April! Roses are blooming, basil is fragrant and peppers are just about ready to blossom too. Fortunately I get to enjoy all this and can be at the beautiful Atlantic coast (on this side) in 10 minutes. No snow here 🙂

    Sorry for the ups and down of Mother Nature in your neck of the woods. That magnolia shot is gorgeous. What a beautiful tree. Too bad the blooms didn’t last just a bit longer! Love the Prince analogy too..

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your Spring, Pete. Keep up the great writing and updating….

  2. rtd14 says:

    It is a strange thing, the weather. It’s like an extremely insecure teenage girl. In 2007, I lived in England. The weather was gorgeous in Canterbury at Easter. When I called home in South Carolina – a normally warm place for msot of the year – there was ice everywhere. I can relate, except that time I was on the right side of the pond.

  3. Pete Denton says:

    Thanks, Rebecca. We do have very changeable weather. It does give us something to complain about.

  4. Unseasonable snow, definitely a conversation gold mine. Hopefully it’ll cheer up for the weekend though as it’s really been pretty grim, and we’ve only had the bare minimum of snow…
    At this rate, definitely wouldn’t mind spending Easter in St Tropez.

  5. I remember that it snowed in April in Detroit in 1967 or somewhere around there!!

  6. katkasia says:

    It looks like you have the same kind of magnolia as us! But we are in Melbourne, so it doesn’t have to cope with snow. On the other hand, all the bark on the upper side of each branch has died as it was burnt by the sun one day a couple of years ago (Black saturday) when it got to 47 degrees C. It also made it through 12 years of drought with very little additional watering. Just goes to show how resilient plants really are! It still flowers beautifully every spring.

    • Pete Denton says:

      I shudder at the thought of 47 degrees C. But I guess humans are as resilient as plants when adapting to extremes of weather. The only problem I have with my magnolia is that it doesn’t flower for long enough. One windy day and all that effort it has put in to producing the flowers is lost.

  7. Stacia says:

    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the great job!

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