St Luke’s Summer

25 Degrees this afternoon. On the allotment in my shorts Putin gardening. 23 degrees yesterday. St Luke has struck again and how fab it is. I’ve been told we have the end of a Caribbean hurricane on Tuesday and to expect a rain storm. Raspberries from the allotment and fabulous artisanal ice-cream, in the middle of October? Too right.

The Flashing Blade

According to the Oxford Dictionaries website St Luke’s Summer is “a period of fine weather around 18 October (the saint’s feast day).” That is certainly what we’ve been having recently here in Strasbourg. Today the weather was sunny and the temperature reached 23°, it has been warm for the end of the week and it is forecast to last into the beginning of next week. It is wonderful seeing the sun so late in the year, people are sat outside cafes and you can go out without a coat, although being France, every French person is still wearing a scarf although there is no need.

Getting up in the dark is no fun but seeing the dawn break is a consolation, as can be seen from the first photo above. The second picture has the Protestant Seminary on the right and the church of St Thomas, sometimes known as…

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