The heatwave that will hit Britain over next week has been here for a few days now, and two forest fires are raging about 30 miles from our home.
One is at a place called Landiras, pretty well due south of Bordeaux. We can see the smoke of this fire from our balcony, like distant clouds.
The other is right behind the Dune de Pylat, pretty well due west of us and we saw that smoke, too.
The firemen have been working night and day using bulldozers to create firebreaks and Canadairs to dump tons of water on the fires. What we really need is a heavy storm to drench everything for a couple of hours, but we aren't due to get one of those till Monday or Tuesday.
On Tuesday I have to go to the town next to that forest fire to collect our swanky coffee machine for Espace Gallien.
Meanwhile we are living behind closed shutters, creatures of shades and shadows, hiding from the sun.