Enough gardening, let’s go for lunch!

Enough gardening, let’s go for lunch!

On Saturday it was too good to stay in so we decided to go to Pons for lunch. We had lunch on the restaurant balcony overlooking the old Donjon and then walked down to the river to see if we could spot any Kingfishers. Unfortunately, no Kingfishers were sighted but the ducks were parading with … Continue reading

Slow down April!

Slow down April!

This year with the mild winter I was supposed to be ahead with any preparation and quite prepared for spring.  We forged ahead  clearing a lot of trees and branches from the left side of the back garden to let in more light.  But the weather continued mild and no cold snap arrived to halt … Continue reading

A good year, so far

A good year, so far

Back from the UK, I was curious to find out how all the rain that has fallen this year has affected the woods around the house.  Before I left some of the paths were still very muddy but the soil dries up quickly here. The wild anemones carpeted the ground under the trees still not … Continue reading

Wisley in the wet

Wisley in the wet

I am visiting the UK at the moment and last Tuesday my son asked if I would like to go anywhere.  The idea of going to the RHS Garden Wisley to see how the Magnolias were getting on was very appealing.  The Royal Horticultural Society call Wisley their flagship garden and it is situated between Cobham and Ripley to … Continue reading

Primula problem

Primula problem

Shortly after we set up home here I bought a packet of primula seeds.  There were hardly any flowers in the garden and I wanted some colour.  I was pleased with the  quantity of seedlings that resulted and which prospered and multiplied.  This suited me very well as there were plenty of places to put … Continue reading

Wild bee nest

Wild bee nest

I’m not sure whether it is technically correct to call this a wild bee nest.   It is definitely bees living in the wild.  Should I call them wild bees or feral bees or even run-away bees (having left their bee keeper never to return), I’m not sure. Anyway, I have always harboured a desire … Continue reading

A furry visitor

A furry visitor

This is the shutter of our front door which is left in the open position practically all the time.  However, my husband has a tendency to glance behind it when he passes by. He did that on the 14 March last year and found a bat clasping onto the wall behind the shutter. It was a … Continue reading

Sunshine after the gloom

Sunshine after the gloom

Spring colours are bright whether it is the wild Celandine that appears all over the garden… or the crocus… which can be positively gaudy. I have planted the bulbs as near to the house as I can in any space I can find to cheer up the dull days. But however bright they are, it … Continue reading

Water, water everywhere…

Water, water everywhere…

Not far from the bottom of the garden the river Seudre has inundated the neighbouring fields making them look like lakes when viewed from a distance. And the rain keeps on falling! I thought I’d have a look in the old well to see what was happening there. I had never seen the well with … Continue reading

Rain, rain

Rain, rain

Part of the river Seudre runs at the bottom of our garden.  It is now up to the very edge. A tree had to be removed a few weeks ago because the summer storm had broken its top across the river.  We managed to get the greater part of it out with the help of … Continue reading