|Thomas Hand, A Winter Scene 1796.|
|Group of Peasants in Winter|
In Provence and Languedoc a third of valuable olive trees were lost. Of the surviving trees many were thought to be useless until they could repair themselves enough to grow fruit again, a process that had the potential to last two years if ever correcting itself.
Southern France also saw a great number of crops and grain destroyed from what has been described as, severe frost. (make of it what you will!) And to add to the misfortune many chestnut trees also died.
I consulted The Weather Almanac and Meteorological and Rural Hand-book for 1865 just for fun, and learned the severity of the winter of 1788-9 did not reoccur for forty one years, the winter of 1829!