It’s still summer in September

It’s still summer in September

Back from a week in the UK it was straight out into the garden to see how the vegetable garden had survived in our absence.  The tomatoes were the losers this year.  The leaves had gone a crinkled brown but there were plenty of good red tomatoes for me to gather them all up and … Continue reading

Je t’accuse!

Je t’accuse!

Je t’accuse! Yes, you! Put it back! That’s not your bit of grit.  Another bee laboured long and hard to seal up that bamboo tube so it would keep their offspring safe through the cold winter and safely into next summer. And you! You are supposed to go and find pollen to take back to … Continue reading

A Sweet Present

A Sweet Present

I got a present from my bee keeper friend Michel today.  He knows I like honeycomb so he gave me some “miel en brèche” as it is known in French. It was up to me to cut it avoiding the metal strips running through it which serve as guides for the bees to build the … Continue reading

Lac Bajamont

Lac Bajamont

We took a break for a few days last week to stay outside Agen and visit the area nearby, between the rivers Garonne and Lot.  Lac Bajamont, is not well known but was nearby so we decided to take a look.  At first site it reminded me of some of the small lochs you see … Continue reading

Green grass!

Green grass!

It’s the middle of August and the grass is green! In the summer the vegetables get watered and any of the new or less drought tolerant plants but not the grass.  The grass gets left to go brown and anything that grows up after it rains is mowed.  However, this year the rain has kept … Continue reading

Une Nuit Blanche

Une Nuit Blanche

Une nuit blanche is a French expression for having passed a night without sleep.  This could have a good or bad connotation depending on what you were doing during the night! This expression has been taken by the region of Grand Champagne (one of the most prestigious cognac producing regions) and for the past twenty … Continue reading

Living in France

Living in France

The magazine “Living in France” has chosen our garden for their new gardening page in the September issue of the magazine which has brought on a wave of nostalgia.  It seems as if we have turned a full circle from reading the magazine to becoming a part of it. I was happy to be part of … Continue reading

Back home

Back home

After a week away and a couple of thunderstorms inundating the garden all the weeds are happy and flourishing.  So much for the mulch of pine needles which covered the area under the ex-Christmas tree cut down last December.  I think the mulch would have worked if we had not had such a high rainfall. … Continue reading

Summer is here

Summer is here

Summer is definitely here.  Outside the garden the fields are full of sunflower and I could stand all day and watch the bees on my lavender.  My little grey Amegilla albigena that I noticed for the first time last year, has returned like an old friend. My Chitalapa has been flowering from the end of June … Continue reading

Hollyhocks revisited.

Hollyhocks revisited.

This morning (Saturday 5 July 2014) I had a look in the Hollyhocks and saw two Tetralonia bees still not properly awake at 8 a.m.  They are not early risers. As I bent to take the photograph from a different angle I noticed that there were three!  It had been a rainy night with cooler … Continue reading