Drought.

La sécheresse.

English version below the picture.

Dimanche dernier trois filles, Carole ( la duchesse  ) , Véronique et Isabelle se trouvaient chez nous . L’après midi il leur vint à l’ esprit d’ aller faire un tour au jardin et de cueillir des haricots accompagnées de Julie , notre première petite fille . Janine les prit en photo. C’était en Août 2009.

Left to right:   Julie, Carole , Véronique , Isabelle
The same . . They look happpy to be there. Les mêmes. Elles semblent heureuses d ‘être là
    

  Last Sunday  , our three daughters , Carole ( the” duchess”  ) , Véronique et Isabelle were at our home . In the afternoon they went in the garden and gathered green beans with our first grand daughter Julie . Janine took a couple of photos of them .

It was in August 2009

Cette année 2022 la chanson est différente . La sécheresse est là . Les haricots ont été grillés sur place et leur parc offre un aspect désolant. Au total  nous avons cueillis deux poignées de haricots .

Our patch of green beans in August 2022 . Le parc de haricots.

This year 2022 the song is different. The drought is here. The green beans were grilled on the spot and their patch offers a desolate aspect. At the total we picked two handfuls of beans.

Toutefois , les poireaux que nous avons repiqués il y a trois semaines semblent résister et peut-être aussi une ligne de betteraves rouges.
  Alors, quand on n’ a pas de haricots on mange des poireaux . « Faute de grives on mange des merles «  comme dit le proverbe !! 😊 !
 Mais la situation est très inquiétante pour les cultures dans les champs qui sont en grande souffrance  et l’herbe des  pâtures qui se dessèche  sans parler des feux de forêt dans le sud de la France . Conservons l’espoir malgré tout..

The patch of leeks transplanted 3 weeks ago. Les poireaux repiqués il y a 3 semaines

However, the leeks that we transplanted three weeks ago seem to be resisting and perhaps a row of red beets as well.

So, when you don’t have beans, you eat leeks. « For lack of thrushes we eat blackbirds « as the saying goes!! 😊!

  But the situation is very worrying for the crops in the fields which are in great pain and the grass in the pastures which is drying up, not to mention the forest fires in the south of France. Let’s keep hope in spite of everything.

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119 Responses to Drought.

  1. Arrosage interdit par ici. Ce qui survivra sera vraiment costaud … où à l’ombre. Et il en est pour clamer que le dérèglement climatique leur sied !
    Je vous souhaite une bonne grosse drache nocturne, Janine et Michel.
    PS. Les poireaux me vont bien … mieux en tous les cas que les haricots filandreux !

    • Hélas pas la moindre goutte d’eau . C’est certain qu’il y a un déréglement climatique ., Gilles.Nous avons à être prudents pas ces chaleurs torrides .
      Pollution ou période interglaciaire géologique ? Inquiétant, en tout cas .
      Et vive les poireaux ! 🙂

  2. Caro says:

    Quelle différence….oui la situation est inquiétante….les bêtes n ont plus rien à manger on est obligé de leur donner la récolte de l année…tout est sec grille il faudra beaucoup d eau pour revoir de l herbe bien verte….c est terrible
    Même l eau va être une denree rare
    Bonne journée à vous deux je vous embrasse bien fort Carole

  3. puffpop says:

    This is so very tragic. Things are bad all over it seems. We aren’t having rain in FL but high heat. They say it is dust from the Saharen Desert that has prevented the rain. i pray that you soon get the muh needed rain. Showers of blessings for your thirsty plants.
    love,
    votre amie,
    Francoise

    • Yes ,Françoise , I think the drought covers many countries and part of the USA. This becomes dramatic;
      O come water drops to maintain life on earth . This would need a prayer.. ❤

  4. Doug G. Thomas say:s on FB
    Very troubling…. glad you are getting something out of your garden in such circumstances, Michel. Nothing better than green beans directly out of the garden. I like eating them raw, right off the bush or vine.

  5. calmkate says:

    Such a vast contrast Michel, I am sorry you are experiencing such a dry and flammable summer. Glad those leeks and beat are surviving, take care 🙂

  6. I’m so sorry that your garden is not thriving. I was not aware that France was in drought.

  7. Similar over here; but fires not so devastating. Good luck with leeks and beets

  8. Susan Joos says:

    We have had our times of drought, and it drives home how precious the rains are to us! This has not been a dry year for us; we have had so much rain, even through the month of July, which is unusual. The hydrangeas have loved it; they have been outstanding this year.

    Your poor garden! So sad to see the contrast. I hope the drought breaks (gently) soon!

  9. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    Thank God the leeks are flourishing. But it is sad when there is not enough water for the plants. Is the vegetable plot near your house?. My daughter lives in Germany in a small town. She says many people have allotments just outside their town . They grow vegetables there . Hope you get rain soon. Thank you for the photos. Do your daughters live nearby? Regards, Lakshmi

    • We are lucky to have the garden part of our property and is near the house .In the garden a part is a lawn with trees and another part a veggie garden .. Thanks to ask , Lakshmi.. ❤

  10. mrswrangler says:

    We are worried ourselves. One decent rain every six weeks is harsh.

  11. John Hric says:

    The weather has been all over the place. Often where it does not belong. This is not a good thing. Be well Michel.

  12. This is a very worrisome situation. Similar conditions are happening all over the world.

  13. The drought is very concerning. Yet a lot of people don’t seem to recognize that many farmers are suffering. I hope the remainder of your crop will survive. I don’t know if you will be putting some mulch around your plants to slow down the evaporation – maybe that might help.

    • I appreciate your advice about mulch , Matt .It’s a good idea . Perhaps are you a gardener or your parents were ?

      • My mom was a gardener and she grew a lot of vegetables in our backyard. I recognized the beans right away. She always had a big smile when she harvesting. If I recall, she used straw and sometimes leaves. We also used grass clippings but a lot of times the seeds from the clippings would grow on the vegetable garden.

        I also remember our leeks. One winter, she had to leave the leeks on the ground. It was covered by the snow. She decided to try it and see if it was still ok to eat and it was. We had amazing leek soup every so often during the winter.

      • Your mother is right, Matt . I have a hole in the backyard filled with compost ( 5 or 6 years old) . I would have been able to put this compost around the green beans but I did not make it. Too weak . I am waiting children or grandchildren come to ask them to epand the compost . Thanks again for your suggestion.

  14. Oh, Michel. I did not realize you were facing such a serious drought. We also have a drought, and watering our garden is practically forbidden. We reclaim water as we can, but the ground is so dry. The typical humidity in the air is not there. It is very concerning here, but now I see this is a problem in Europe, too. God help us all to be willing to eat leeks. Much love to you all. ❤

    • Thanks Caroline . We got pereviously a good crop of potatoes ( no drought at this time ) . If we succeed with our leeks and and the red beets , we will have something to put in the plate to eat !! God helps us. ❤

  15. blb1 says:

    So many don’t believe in climate change and our role in it. I have brown grass and in places dry dirt.

    • We have, here in Northern France, dry spring/summer for some years and also sweet winter . No doubt the climate is changing , as you say, Bonnie.(when I icompare to my youth time what a changement !) ❤

  16. whyzat says:

    Your poor beans! I heard about the fires in France. Even in England there are wild fires! I just read that the French sea salt industry is thriving because the wind and heat are helping the salt to form. They are worried that they’ll get so much salt, that they won’t be able to sell it all! I have Camargue Fleur de Sel in my cupboard which I use sparingly!

    • It is true that there are many salt marshes in France along the Atlantic coast and also on the Mediterranean coast (Camague). You are telling me something about the overabundance of salt production due to the heat, Dian, this drought has unintended consequences.. ❤

  17. Stephanie Wall says:

    C’est décevant quand le jardin ne donne pas après tout l’effort de préparation et le soin des jeunes plantes. La situation sécheresse est sérieuse partout en Europe surtout pour les fermiers. Ici nous espérons avoir un peu de pluie dans une semaine. Trop de pluie en un seul coup, inondations…..
    Une bonne soupe aux poireaux et pommes de terre sera la recette cette année.

    • Cela devient le climat des extrêmes : soit chaleur et sécheresse soit pluies torrentielles avec inondations. Tu as raison, Stéphanie, j’espère que les poireaux vont résister et avec la récolte de pommes de terre qu”on eu il y a quelques semaines , on aura quelque chose à mettre dans l’assiette ! 🙂

  18. YAY for a little garden growth!
    Prayers and wishes and hopes for you all to have good rains soon, Michel. It is sad and scary when the earth is so dry and the fires happen. 😦
    This past year we had too dry a winter, then early fires…in May and June…then the rains started falling in July and are still falling…and some of the burned acreage is now experiencing severe flooding. 😦
    Years ago, we lived through 7 years of severe drought, with many water restrictions ($ fines for those who didn’t obey the rules and used more water than allotted them). It was bad, I don’t want to ever live through that again.
    (((HUGS))) 🙏❤️

  19. neilc693 says:

    le contraste entre les deux photos est frappant. sécheresse puis pluie — le temps vient, le temps va, il y aura encore des bonnes récoltes . . . mais on s’inquiéte qu’il s’agisse, là, des conditions permanentes . . . which they almost certainly are, in spite of all the nay-sayers !

    • Yes , Neil , tis 5 winters I don’ have to shovel the snow in my back yard and the sidewalk . There are not real winters . All is changed . And the springs – summer is without water excepted in some area the floodings . Yes The climate is changing.

      • neilc693 says:

        I just went through the entry again and some of the discussions, and . . . mein Gott ! 😮 I did not realize it was so extreme currently, in France. my thoughts are with you !
        prier, bien sûr—mais il faut agir aussi, here we have elections coming and i worry that we will elect people who will not do the right things (as we have been).

      • Sure we will have to adapt our way of life in all fields of life, Neil

  20. Gayle says:

    Praying for your crops and everyone else’s. Praying for rain ❤

  21. kmaidy says:

    bonjour Michel,
    tu as bien raison aussi longtemps que nous pouvons remplacer une chose par une autre, il n’y a pas de problème… mais qu’allons nous devenir sans eau ?
    Ici pour les légumes dans notre jardinet cela a été simple, dès le départ, les oiseaux avaient tout picoré … d’où l’utilité des grands bacs sur pied qui sont bien pratiques et bien utiles !
    bises ! bonne journée

    • Si c’était à refaire je pratiquerais ce genre de culture dans ces grands bacs, Maidy. Mais j’ai toujours vu des potagers en pleine terre .Il est un peu tard pour moi de changer! 😉
      Les oiseaux ont soif at faim eux aussi . Et bientôt vaches et chevaux . C’est très inquiétant.. Je crois me souvenir qu’une des causes de la révolution de 1789 est une série d’années avec récoltes ratées par manque d’eau sans doute. Les gens étaient affamés et furieux . Ceci est à vérifier ) ❤

  22. Rachel says:

    Very sad! Your garden has been a source of joy and sustenance for you both! I hope you can continue. Don’t be discouraged.
    I have enjoyed our garden this year. I wish we could have expanded it even more, but Misha needs to play and the dogs need to run.

  23. LGail says:

    We were in a drought but now there are terrible floods just to our north . Mother Nature needs to calm down. I hope you get enough rain and sunshine soon.

  24. wissh says:

    Droughts here too and in other areas there’s flooding. I saw the wild fire in southern France this morning, luckily not in your area. The wildfires in California are a concern every year. I tried container gardening this spring here at the new house but harvest was very poor. By next year I hope to have a raised bed. You’re right, your girls all look happy to be there.
    Christine ❤️

  25. judyrutrider says:

    Welcome to my world. Water here is getting expensive but I consider my garden a hobby, so the expense isn’t that much of a consideration. However, our water purveyor is implementing watering restrictions that may determine whether I can plant next spring. I do hope you get some rain soon.

  26. Marion says:

    I’m sad to see the drought is so bad there! We had a drought here in 2019 and 2020 which left everything parched and barren. Let’s hope your drought breaks very soon, Michel. Thanks for sharing these photo comparisons of the crops with us. ❤

  27. Barbara Lenhard says on FB:
    I wrote a comment but WordPress wouldn’t post it. Hope you are able salvage some of your crops. 💕💕

  28. i’m always reminded why one should not take water for granted
    sorry to hear about the garden 😦
    let’s hope for rain!

  29. suester7 says:

    The weather is really going haywire these days. Hope the rains come soon!

  30. englishjuls@sky.com says:

    its very much the same here Michel. I am using my washing up dirty water to water my plants. We are lucky here in Widnes as we do not have it as bad as areas of the South East of England.Lets hope we have rain soon

  31. Isabel Capillas says:

    I learned about the drought in Europe from the news, but didn’t know France is also affected. In Spain, because of drought people are fined if they water their garden or wash their cars😧. It’s quite the opposite here in Asia where heavy rainstorms brought floods (South Korea was deeply flooded and there were even casualties 🥺). Here in Taiwan we have heavy rains every afternoon for the whole week but just right to beat the summer heat.
    I pray things will get better around the world. I pray drought will end so your garden will grow vegetables again. Take care and safe Uncle Michel. Sending my love to you and Janine ❤️.

  32. Zakiah says:

    It hurts my heart to see what has happened to your beans and the land. I am glad you are getting the beets. I hope the rains come and everything will flourish again, Michel. We have had a lot of hot temperatures and the farmers are worried. I love the picture from 2019.
    Please keep yourself hydrated during these hot days. Lots of love to you and yours.
    Love,
    Zakiah.

  33. sherazade says:

    Nel mio piccolo vale lo stesso discorso per il mio giardino per i miei fiori per le mie piccole colture di pomodori e odori.

    Davvero è terribile ovunque!
    Un abbraccio solidale caro Michel❤️

    • Thanks you , Lakshmi. I read the article and I am amazed by the diversity of populatons and customs.
      I know a lttle the quilting since I have one on my bed excepted at this time of drought. I got it by canadian friends in Toronto in 2001. It is made with wool by crocheting. So the making is different than the ones made by those people comoing long ago from Africa .
      India is a continent and I was a bit lost when you speak of various areas .Could I ask you to help me to not be lost in your large country ? 🙂
      Thanks . ❤

  34. Charlyne Craver Stark says on FB:
    Hey, Michel how are you doing?
    I love your crop!!

  35. KB says:

    Vous avez répondu à ce commentaire.

    • Yes Kathy , you have the same weather than us in Picardy (northern France ) . We got too a good crop of the veggies planted early ( potatoes , onion, shallots , cabbages ) ? But for the plants sowed since then we get nothing.

      The farmers worried of course and us all, too . ❤

      Reply

  36. Lavinia Ross says:

    I am sorry to hear of the drought in your area, Michel. It is sad to see the plants withered and dry. Yes, some plants do weather the dryness better, beans are not one of them.

    Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers that you do not see fire in your area. Stay safe, dear friend!

    Much love to you and the family, ❤️
    Lavinia

  37. I’m so sorry to hear of the drought. Prayers for rain soon. Hugs.

  38. iampeacenow says:

    Michel,
    So sorry about the drought! We’ve had our share of that also. My son grows a garden so it certainly makes things difficult. Wishing you better weather!
    peace & love

  39. cocosangel says:

    Just read your dream of rain. Hope everything is better now.

  40. Cette année a été très dure pour nos jardins cher Michel. Si nous ne nous étions pas levés tôt pour arroser quotidiennement nos parcelles, un travail quotidien de deux heures consistant à transporter l’eau des auges sur les parcelles, nos haricots aussi auraient été comme les vôtres, ratatinés et séchés.
    En tant que jardiniers, nous savons comment le processus de réussite se donne et se poursuit au fil des années. Nos pois n’ont pas bien marché cette année, ni nos panais, malgré deux semis. ils ne voulaient tout simplement pas germer.
    C’est triste à voir,
    Moi aussi je prie pour la pluie, car nos réservoirs sont presque vides.
    Envoi de prières pour la pluie sur votre chemin cher Michel.
    Amour et câlins Sue

    This year has been very hard on our gardens dear Michel. Were it not for us getting up early to water our allotments daily a two hour daily job of carrying water from the troughs on the allotments back and forth, our beans too would have been like yours, shrivelled and dried.
    We as gardeners know how the process of success is given and take through the years.. Our peas did not fair well this year neither have our parsnips, despite sowing twice. they just didn't want to germinate.
    It is sad to see,
    I too pray for rain, for our reservoirs are nearly empty.
    Sending prayers for rain your way dear Michel.
    Love and Hugs Sue ❤

  41. Alex Tse (she/her) says:

    Il fait chaud tout l’été ici, aussi. On n’a pas de clim chez nous malheureusement.

    Quel dommage pour les haricots! J’espère que les poireaux et les betteraves rouges s’en sortiront.

  42. nhislop says:

    We have drought here, too. We do not have a lot of fire risk where we are, but northern Minnesota can have forest fires. California is experiencing fires now. We get smoke from them even though they are 1,500 miles away! It causes breathing problems for people with asthma or heart disease.

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