Spring is here and suddenly it’s hot. The trees are in bloom, the birds are singing (including the cuckoo), the frogs are mating very loudly and we can eat on the patio again.
I taught some of my students ‘Ne’er cast a clout till May be out’ and they in turn taught me:
En avril ne te découvre pas un fil
En mai fais ce qui te plaît
In other words, don’t wear any less until the end of April, then you can wear what you want. It’s interesting that the expressions apply a month earlier in France than in England. ‘April showers’ in Britain happen in March in France (les giboulées de mars).
Easter has been and gone but the spring holiday doesn’t start till next week. France is divided into three zones for the holidays and because everything is geared around staggering the winter sports, our zone has ended up with a five week term in January and a ten week term before the summer holidays – poor teachers, poor students.