Tuesday, 6 October 2015

il pleut

No, I haven't changed the language I speak in, I am still here in English!  Sometimes phrases come to mind in French though - although I cannot speak fluent French at all! - and today "il pleut" is on my mind.  It means "it is raining".

Oh gosh yes, it is raining.  It rained yesterday and it rained most of the night and it is raining today and it is forecast to continue, guess what, yep, raining!

So the word for the day is "pleut"!!!




It is very dark indoors, I need to put the lights on really, but I don't want to.  I hate having the lights on during the daytime unless I really have to.  Not because I am mean, just because I don't like the fact that it is dark outside meaning I need a light on.  I will turn them on though.  Needs must.




Today I had hoped to take some photos of my mantel and other things to share, but instead I have photos of the rain.  It keeps coming and going, this morning I made it out very quickly to run an errand and stayed dry, although it rained while I drove, and since I got home again it has been coming down thick and fast.  No, that sounds more like snow, but you know what I mean.  This is big fat wet rain.  Yesterday it was more thin dull drizzley rain.

I prefer big fat wet rain to the thin dull drizzely kind.  You know where you are with big fat wet rain.  It is there being rain.  The thin stuff tries to fool you, it isn't so hard, it isn't so wet.  I can just pop outside and before you know it you are soaked through and feeling like a drowned rat.

Right now it is raining so hard that you can hear it indoors really loudly and I can even hear it over my typing.  The view from my window today is pretty depressing.  Grey sky with clouds scudding past, little lighter bits of white here and there and the rain just keeps coming down.  Sometimes when the wind blows harder the rain comes sideways, but mostly it is just pouring straight down. 

The driveway has done its usual trick of turning into a lake.  It is amazing how it happens.  There is an edge all the way around, so the water doesn't run off, but as soon as the rain eases it all drains away and disappears like magic!



I think that one of our neighbours has lit their fire, I saw a curl of smoke coming from their chimney.  They have an ideal plan for a rainy day, sitting inside beside a warm fire! 

It isn't really cold, but you know how you get that damp feeling going through you, that is how I feel today.  I think that it is time to get the central heating turned on.  So far we have resisted, but today is the day I think!

So I will leave you on this day of pleut to go and do some baking.  Dinner is a sort of soupy stew thing made from the leftovers of a sausage casserole with some chorizo added in and I am going to bake some cornbread later to go with it.  Only trouble is I need a handful of sage.  Guess where the sage is.  In the garden.  In the rain!!!



I hope that you are warm and dry wherever you are!

Amy

42 comments:

  1. When it rains days on end here I get a Winnie the Pooh song stuck in my head "The rain, rain, rain came down, down, down"!! You're having quite a lot of rain this fall it seems. We've been very dry lately. A nice fire seems the perfect thing for you today. Wouldn't you just turn on your gas fireplace? We won't have our heat on for a while yet I hope. We only just turned the A/C off last week! Stay warm and dry Amy and enjoy your day of baking :)
    Wendy

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  2. Il pleut ici aussi !! (it's raining here too !!) Have a warm day inside ... !

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  3. Yes, it's "pleuting" here too. In fact, if my schoolgirl French can be trusted, "il pleut averse!". And, yes, I need to go out in it too. Maybe it'll stay dry for that hour so I don't end up being soaked. Fingers crossed!

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  4. I'm definitely a summer girl and don't like it to end, but I can put up with autumn when we have crisp, sunny days. It's days like these which I'm really not very keen on.

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  5. I'm with you on the big fat rain being preferable to the thin stuff!

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  6. We've had the irritating thin wispy rain since yesterday - I'd rather have big fat rain too. It's actually stopped now and there's even a hint of blue in the sky, but I'm sure that when it's time for the school run it will start up again, because that is what always happens! Xxx

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  7. Good day Amy. I think you might be getting that rain we had last week. Do you suppose it travelled across the pond to you? I heard that Hurricane Joachim is headed your way, or the remnants of it. We are having some lovely sunny and warm-for-October days this week but last week I was feeling as you are and had lights burning in the day and electric heaters on to keep the chill off. So stay cozy and dry friend. XX Pam

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  8. Oh bonjour! J'aime la pluie!!! But here where I am there is no rain at all, only sunshine and crisp air early in the morning and in the late afternoon. But autumn is identified with rain, isn't it? Yes, it means indoors, coziness, hot meals and classic music with a good reading...
    Enjoy the day Amy, forget the sage!
    Love, Olypia

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  9. I really enjoyed the coziness of this post, Amy, as I am a true romantic and love the autumn rain, yes, even that wretched dampness that penetrates your bones, for that is a sign to light the fire, grab a mug of creamy hot chocolate and your favourite book or magazine, or if you're like me, take a long, leisurely stroll through blogland - sans umbrella!

    Happy Tuesday!

    xo
    Poppy

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  10. It has been rain, rain and more rain here too. I have lit the stove but am avoiding putting the central heating on for as long as possible. Once it has stopped raining try putting some small plants on the kitchen window sill or cutting some herbs for the freezer that way you don't have to go outside. I am learnt from experience.

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  11. Oh wow.. I do love a rainy window photo!! BUt I am with you on the having the lights on during the day thing.. It makes me sad as I do so love 'real light' as opposed to artificial! I will say your garden looks wonderful in the rain.. the pops of colour soaking up all that well needed drink! It's great! Have a super week Amy xxx

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  12. It's raining here too :( your garden looks lovely though I hate that we have got to the time of year when you have to think and plan when to take photo's because of the light, bring back sunny autumn
    Clare x

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  13. Well, your garden looks lovely both in the sunshine and in the rain. Happy baking!

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  14. Bonjours, Amy. Il pleut ici aussi! I've just made some pumpkin and tomato laksa for dinner and I might have to light the stove later too. Keep warm and dry and good luck fetching that sage! xx

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  15. How I wish I could hear the sound of rain, whether big fat drops or drizzle. In Botswana we are having the worst drought in Many, many years. The dam in Gaborone has about 2% water in it, so water being piped in from the north. Enjoy your drizzly rainy days while we have near 40 deg temperatures.

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  16. It's dry here but am on constant rain alert as I have a line full of washing out and it's almost dry. I tend to work the laundry around the weather.

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  17. Pas de pluie ici ,en ce moment, mais it's drizzle/mizzle.
    Jane x
    PS Your garden looks lovely!!

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  18. Pas de pluie ici, aussi! But it'[s been raining this matin. (Wasn't it Miles Kingston or Kington who used to speak Franglais?) I love your rain photos! Who'd have thought a rain-washed drive would make such a good photo, but it does! I love your garden Amy, it puts our to shame ... we cleared a patch in the early part of the year, hoping to put hellebores in as it was in a shady part of the garden, but of course, the garden centres didn't have any ... and now, I've been again and they're still not in and I was told they would be in much later in the year? How late can that be, it's October now! I don't want to be planting stuff in the depths of winter, that's not my idea of gardening!
    Margaret P

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  19. Such a lovely word and describes rain beautifully, we had showers yesterday and again today although it threw it down during the night, I have the doors open like you say it isnt cold just wet :-)

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  20. Oh isn't it rubbish today?! I made the mistake of popping out this morning without a jacket, and flip flops no less to get some medicine (ill child off school). It was dry when I went out, but as I was paying I heard the rain start in the shop and when I got outside...oh my word......it was a torrential downpour! I was drenched when I got back to the car. So, lights on, scented candles and snuggles with ill child.

    Hopefully, the sun will shine at some point this week!

    xxxxx

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  21. We've been wet forever it seems like. Heavy rain on Friday when we were out and about and misty rain since. Not like South Carolina thank goodness. Hope it clears for you, nothing like a blue sky.

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  22. It is dark and rainy here too, curling up in front of the fire is definitely the best approach x

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  23. I'm in 0SC where we've had over 20 inches of rain in just a few days. There's horrible flooding and bridges and dams are failing. Many roads across the state are shut down. Luckily I have no flooding at my house although it's all around us. I love the rain but am looking forward to the sun shining soon!

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  24. I hope you didn't get too wet getting that sage Amy, yes we had big fat raindrops too and I agree if it's gonna rain it should rain properly. Your garden still looks lovely in the rain it all looks so neat and tidy mine is a terrible mess but at this stage I don't really care it will be dark at 4pm in a few weeks, can you believe it the sun has decided to come out now at 6 o'clock! have a lovely evening. :) xx

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  25. Il pleut lots here too! This post was so well written and captured that rainy day feeling perfectly.

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  26. Pleut here too today. Proper driving rain bordering on hail. And I was stood in the middle of a field setting pots in the ground :o) XX

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  27. Non stop rain here today. Basil is not impressed! :(
    There's been so much rain, it's already just laying on the fields. x

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  28. Non stop rain here today. Basil is not impressed! :(
    There's been so much rain, it's already just laying on the fields. x

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  29. In the words of Del Boy... Mange tout! I've just got back from my dog walk with one very wet dog and shock at being stuck in the fens in the dark! Forgot how quickly the nights are drawing in :-D Keep warm and cosy!! xx

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  30. Hi Amy - Today has been mainly dry here in Cumbria but yesterday was very much an il pleut day. Hope you didn't get too wet collecting the sage. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.

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  31. Hey Amy,
    I like hearing the rain at night, but it gets on my nerves during the day. W have had both kinds of rain here, and like you I much prefer proper rain. I call it 'wet rain' You know where you are with it, and the air doesn't feel as damp. The damp, seeping rain plays havoc with my hair. It goes limp and straggly, and it loses it's colour. Weird.
    Leanne xx

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  32. Ah! 'Tis the season! Time to get cozy and sounds like you are doing just that! It has been sunny here lately, but rain coming tonight and stretching into next week. A good time for soup and baking, for sure. Fresh sage sounds wonderful :) xo Karen

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  33. It's still doing it, even now! Boo. x

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  34. Yes, the UK have had a lot of rain. I was out in it yesterday ... bad hair day with the rain and the wind!

    It's clearing up, and I think as the week goes on, we may need an appropriate french word again please!!

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

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  35. funnily enough my husband did french at school and most of it vanished as soon as he left except this - when it rains he says 'look its plurting' and I always took it as a made up word but I now suspect it is a corruption of il-pleut! You've made my evening :) lovely (if a little damp) photos x

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  36. Hi Amy, Love all your photos of the rain and also the French flavour of course! Your garden looks fabulous even in the rain xx

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  37. Lovely photos . Took french in school as it is our second language here in Ontario Canada but never liked it lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  38. I love rain and what it does to our garden, but I'm so glad it has stopped so that I can prepare/clean our garden for spring!!! I finally had a chance to plant some tulip bulbs!!!

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  39. Hi Amy, I think you have the weather we had last week with the hurricane that wasn't, thankfully,
    But here in Virginia it rained for days and the wind blew and now we have beautiful autumn weather. Your garden is beautiful and inviting even in the rain! Take care - Karen

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  40. That's a lot of rain! Even in the rain, your yard is so pretty! I love your brick driveway too.

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  41. Still wet here today... But then we did have a week of sunshine last week so can't really complain.

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  42. As I am totally in love with rain, and Ilove lights on during the day when it is raining out it sounds like my perfect kind of day.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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