Saint-Joseph’s Day

St-Joseph’s Day is March 19th.

RouXy’s Master explains: “Joseph was a carpenter. He would plane boards. Joseph being up there, in Heaven, shaving of wood [copeaux in French] would fall on Earth, the shape of big flakes of snow. Genuine Savoyards say les écappons – dialect for copeaux.”

The French word for écappons is giboulées. But if you look up giboulées in a dictionary, or on Wikipedia, you’ll find different descriptions of giboulées, with hail, rain, sleet, thunder… It depends on the regions.

It snowed last night. Frimousse would have loved it! The snow will melt soon. But we can expect other snow showers.

I didn’t intend to write an article about Saint-Joseph’s Day nor Écappons today, but since Poupette mentions it!




We very rarely see cats passing near us. About a month ago I saw a light gray and white cat in our garden, and I saw him again yesterday near the bottom of the path that leads to the road. It is strange that he does not come more often. We have so many birds. A lot of sparrows and tits – all varieties almost. A red-breasted robin, of course. Since the days when it was rather cold, nuthatches visit us. And even a great spotted woodpecker. For a few days, other birds, rather big, have come. They nearly always stay on the ground. Their name? I do not know. Finches?

As expected, Frimousse’s lime has been trimmed. A skeleton. Let’s hope branches and leaves will grow soon!