It's been hot all over Europe, and, apart from a handful of bikinied sun-worshipers, we've all been desperately looking for SHADE.
I have always claimed that the most important room in any local house, is the 'au vent'. A covered outdoor room where one can eat, snooze, read, and enjoy alfresco living without the risk of sunburn or rain.
If, like me, you enjoy the son et lumiere of Summer storms, then your au vent is the perfect spot to sit and admire.
In the above photo it was 30 C in the shade, and goodness knows what, out in the sun.
Believe me; our little au vent is essential.