Heatwave October

Heatwave October

Anyone wanting to grow saffron should not leave their garden in October.  Of course, that is exactly what I did to catch up with the family in the U.K. but I was lucky and I don’t think I had lost too many of the flowers when I returned a couple of days ago. I was … Continue reading

Plants behaving badly

Plants behaving badly

There is no doubt about it.  Summer is coming to an end. Still, September has been an amazing month and even after the occasional early morning mist the sun burnt through later on to give us sunshine. I have to thank my husband for venturing into the back garden in his pyjamas to capture these … Continue reading

The ivy is flowering

The ivy is flowering

WARNING – This post contains a heavy bee content. I know only too well that not everyone is so besotted with bees as I am, so you are warned. In fact, I am not sure I know myself what drives me to wait with baited breath in the hot sun beside a hedge of ivy. … Continue reading

Gardening on the beach

Gardening on the beach

Since we have returned from the U.K. we have been enjoying an Indian Summer so the garden has been neglected somewhat in favour of the beach.  Mescher beach is only half an hour away so it is easy to visit for a short break. Never the less, I cannot stop looking at things from a … Continue reading

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