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Snow on the Côte d'Azur

We've had snow on the Côte d'Azur this week.  It's such a rare occurrence that I felt it justified a photo reportage direct from the garden at Lou Messugo; very few words...the pictures speak for themselves.  

Lou Messugo in snow

Almost as soon as it started to snow I rushed out to take photos as I was convinced there wouldn't be much.  The photo below is one of the first (actually that's not true, I deleted the very first ones which only had a vey light sprinkling).

snow at lou Messugo 01My sceptical self was wrong and it snowed pretty heavily for about seven hours.  The video below shows how the same table looked later in the afternoon (while it was still snowing) and what fun could be had rolling a ball over it.

It's school holidays here so the little kid and his friends had a wonderful day playing in the snow, inventing new games like snow trampolining.

snow trampoline

And of course the obligatory snow angel but apparently it wasn't good snow for a snowman.

 While the kids played I took a walk around the garden.

mimosa in snow

pool in snow

bamboo in snow

Lou Messugo with snow

LM in snow

fir tree in snow

palm in snow

rosemary with snow

mimosa and snow

neighbours in snow

The next morning the sun tried to come out.

Lou Messugo garden in snow

sun and snow at lou Messugo

sun and snow

Real snow like this is rare here, we occasionally get a sprinkle but I think the last time it snowed this much was in February 2012 and just look at how the garden has changed!

Lou Messugo 2012

LM 2012

And how little the little kid was!  It was half his lifetime ago and he's really not so little anymore.

snow 2012

I'm sure we'll be back to regular spring weather very soon but in the mean time we're making the most of the "Beast from the East"!  Have you had snow this week?


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  • Guest
    Julie Whitmarsh Monday, 02 April 2018

    We were driving back from Menton in the snow and it just felt so unreal - certainly not what we had expected at the end of a couple of days on the Cote D'Azur at all. Quite beautiful though & it's nice to have seen it - like you we took lots of photos and smiling at the reactions of the lu all residents too. Perhaps though next year we could have sun for. The Carnival weekend ;¬)

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    Nadine Wednesday, 14 March 2018

    I had fun watching the snow on your Instagram stories at the time! We got a little too, but it didn't settle long in Aix. A little jealous - such fun when it's a rare occurrence :)

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    Caity Pfohl Monday, 05 March 2018

    Wow, what beautiful photos! Living in upstate New York where we always get a lot of snow, the first snow is always so magical. After a few weeks/months, it inevitably gets old! But I can imagine that living somewhere where it rarely snows, every time it happens would feel that magical!

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    Urska Monday, 05 March 2018

    Your garden looks magical covered with snow. Lovely photos. #AllAboutFrance

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    FrenchVillage Jacqui Sunday, 04 March 2018

    It does look beautiful, however, I was so glad we only got a very light dusting here on the west coast of France, and it disappeared within a day. Weather has been very odd, -7º one morning, then snow, then 14º 24 hours later!

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    Richard Alexander Saturday, 03 March 2018

    Hope the flowers survived this "last blast" of winter. Your photos are excellent - thanks for sharing them! #AllAboutFrance

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    Carolyne Saturday, 03 March 2018

    Hi Phoebe: I love your photos of the snow in your garden. Please tell me the Mimosa is fine after the dusting of snow #AllAboutFrance

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    Phoebe Saturday, 03 March 2018

    It turned out to be a lot more than a dusting, we got about 20 cms in the end and no sadly the mimosa didn't really like it! (Nor did the bouganvillea.)

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    Sharon Friday, 02 March 2018

    That trampoline in the snow -- ha ha! And the swimming pool surrounded by snowy trees. These photos will be a treasure of a rare time in your area of the world. And the snow is really so lovely.

  • Guest

    Gorgeous photos, Phoebe! I loved your video of rolling a ball on the table over on Instagram, but your pictures make the snow look magical! The beast from the east has landed in Ireland too, and the whole country is now under curfew for 24 hours! The kids have enjoyed the time off school!

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    Frankie Thursday, 01 March 2018

    It does look pretty but we’ve had some very odd weather over the last couple of years ! #AllAboutFrance

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    Vanessa Thursday, 01 March 2018

    It looks very pretty, but no doubt everything grinds to a halt. We've hardly had any over here in SW France, but it was bitterly cold earlier this week. Now, it's just windy and normal temperatures. I will be heartily glad when this winter is over, though. It's been the gloomiest we've experienced in 20 years here...#AllAboutFrance

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    Maria | Passion fruit, Paws and Peonies Thursday, 01 March 2018

    Oh it looks so beautiful there!! It's freezing here to (In Surrey, England) but the garden looks gorgeous covered in snow.

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    Annette @ A French Collection Thursday, 01 March 2018

    The pool looks inviting with its blue water - bit icy though, and how about snow trampolining, that certainly would be fun. Thank you for favouriting my Baguette Vending Machine post. #AllAboutFrance

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    bogdan Thursday, 01 March 2018

    Lovely pictures

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    Catherine Berry Thursday, 01 March 2018

    I love the snow - it makes people smile.

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    Wilbur Thursday, 01 March 2018

    Snow gives a beautiful perspective and is such fun if you don't need to travel. We have snow in South East England too. Your pictures are lovely and glad you could all enjoy it.

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    Ashley Thursday, 01 March 2018

    Phoebe, I love the snow on the mimosa flowers- so pretty! I didn't leave the house yesterday sadly not because we had lots of snow but that Mistral wind was glacial! Sadly no snow here this morning but I see it has hit many parts of Provence closeby! I think we're paying for some of the gorgeous January weather we had. Fingers crossed that Spring will be on it's way soon!

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    Harriet Springbett Thursday, 01 March 2018

    Beautiful photos. I love the blue of the swimming pool in the white snow. I was so busy dancing in the snow yesterday that I completely forgot to take my camera, which I regret today. They're forecasting 15°C this afternoon, after -6 a couple of days ago... #AllAboutFrance

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    Diane Thursday, 01 March 2018

    Ahhhh winter beauty at its finest! LOVE IT!! I woke up to an inch or so of snow this morning myself and couldn't be happier. The bad thing is that the town doesn't clear the sidewalks or anything so people fall and it's a mess walking the dog. But in terms of aesthetics, so pretty. Thanks for sharing your pics (and hosting, of course).

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    Richard Wednesday, 28 February 2018

    I hope you had a refreshing dip in the pool! And what does the wattle feel about being smothered in snow?

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    Catherine Wednesday, 28 February 2018

    Looks like you have had more snow than we have had in East Sussex. I love the wattle in the snow.

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    June de Silva Wednesday, 28 February 2018

    Looks stunningly beautiful!

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