What's the weather like in an average year in La Creuse?
We live in the Charente at the moment having moved permanently to France in 2014. We are in our late forties and were planning to set up a Eco yurt camping business and Eco B&B as well as growing plants (we both come from a horticultual background). Things haven't worked out for us in the Charente and it is not somewhere we want to settle . Our Charantaise longere farmhouse and 4.5 acres of meadow is going on the market in May this year and then we are looking to move. It may take some time for the house to sell but who knows. It is fully renovated (by us and builders) and a lovely property but the location is not right for us. As avid horticulturists, weather and climate is really important to us. We have lived in some very wet and challenging climates in the UK such as Snowdonia in North Wales and also parts of Scotland.
Can people give us their experiences of the climate and weather in La Creuse and the local micro climates and variations. Parts of the Charente are amongst the sunniest places in France, but this winter (our 2nd here) has been pretty mild and very wet with little sunshine. All the fields here are flooded and the clay soil is muddy and sticky! A total contrast to the area in the summer when it is baked!
We have read that most of the Creuse is a higher altitiude and also the the bedrock is mainly granite. I am guessing the soils are acidic? What's it like for growing your own food in the Creuse and is it sunny a lot in the summer and through the winter too?
We really don't mind a bit of rain but really prefer cold winter weather with snow, sun and frosty days, not endless rain and wind. Is the Creuse getting milder in the winter months like many other places? We would really love to hear peoples experiences of the weather and climate and of growing conditions.
Cheers Paul and Jackie.