On my first walk around town (sans mon chien) since coming back from Austria, I could not help but being amazed in the change of colors around Jarnac. How quick the seasons turn.
Only ten days ago all I saw was some trees budding, but now all are in full bloom. The Mairie has planted all public spaces with spring flowers and we are back with gorgeous impressions. Even people seem to have a better disposition than a few weeks ago.
There are some major construction sites going up, another clear indicator spring has arrived. The old tourist office at Place du Chateau has been demolished and is being replaced with green space (I hope).
The town also finally started to renovate the market building, a ten month process (make that 14, this is France). They are making it bigger by a third almost. In the meantime the current vendors moved into temporary digs down by the river. There is talk about a major roundabout in town and a large canalization repair job is under way as well. Gotta love public funding.......
The shoe repair store has closed and moved to Angouleme, a new Epicerie has opened next door, no doubt taking advantage of low low rents in town.
It seems that a lot of houses are being renovated and improved by their owners, I saw a lot of "For Sale" signs on my walk, but even more important, quite a few "Sold" signs around Jarnac today. The buzz is definitely on, you can feel it. Tourism season is starting soon, there was a large cleaning crew down by the boat rental company, bringing all the equipment back to it's summer glory. Spring in France. The best times.
Hope to see you soon.
COLORS, SO MUCH MORE VIBRANT WITH THE SUN
OUR FAVORITE HAZELNUT BUSH
THE WHOLE TOWN IS CHANGING COLORS
LOTS OF SOLD SIGNS
SOME SHOPS CLOSED
SOME SHOPS OPENED
THE MARKET HALL IS BEING RENOVATED