Well last night we needed all the spells we could muster. The thunderstorms that swept in from Bordeaux left some vineyards with several centimetres of hail and quite some damage to their crop. Others got no rain at all. We felt lucky to have 2mm of gentle rain though 5mm would have been ideal.
Conveniently, if we wanted to do the Macbeth witch brew, if we just replaced the newt with a lizard we could find all the ingredients we needin our unused (by us) jacuzzi.The little green frogs are known here as "reinettes" or little queens.
Sue Temperley writes the Wine and Wildlife blog.