Posted in June 2012

Among the fields of barley

We walk most days in the countryside around the house and each day we see something new and different.  Watching the trees and the fields you see the seasons change and it leads you through the year.  We often pass this field and watch the barley growing.  I took my first shot at the end … Continue reading

The old well

The old well

It’s been nearly six years now that my husband has wanted to clear out the old well and try to bring it back to how it once must have been.  The old well shaft still looks good but once piped water had been joined to the house no-one seems to have cared about the well.  … Continue reading

Old tights, a dead tree and human hair.

Old tights, a dead tree and human hair.

On one of our walks a few weeks back we noticed something hanging in a vine field that we had never seen before.  In fact, as we got closer we could see there was more than one.  I immediately thought that packages of herbs had been suspended on the wires to ward off unwelcome insects and … Continue reading

Thoughts on my modern rose

Thoughts on my modern rose

When we bought our property in France we inherited a pink modern rose in the front garden.  It had no perfume and managed to scratch me every time I  needed to turn on the water hose. I was all for getting rid of it.  My husband, who likes roses more than me, pointed out that … Continue reading

Where do butterflies go when it’s cloudy?

Where do butterflies go when it’s cloudy?

It’s cloudy today, not cold just cloudy and there has been a short shower of rain. But no butterflies. A few days ago we went for a walk. (Melanargia galathea, Marbled white) There were butterflies everywhere. (Melanargia galathea, Marbled white) Just to prove what I am saying, I’ll show you a photograph of two at … Continue reading

French stick insect

French stick insect

This little creature attached itself to us in the garden, or rather to the mug of coffee I had left on the grass.  It is not a fast mover and did not object to a close examination. Close up it looks like a bad imitation plastic toy. If you think it looks cute, you are … Continue reading

Broad beans, for the love of baghali polo

Broad beans, for the love of baghali polo

The vegetable patch in the garden has been planted to provide us with some of the vegetables that we use a lot, or are more convenient to have close at hand, or are difficult for us to buy locally .  I plant broad beans because I can never  find broad beans which are sufficiently large in the … Continue reading

Wet bee

Wet bee

I can’t believe I’m doing this. I have people coming for lunch.  I just nip out between thunder storms to cut some flowers. What could I do if he was clinging on to the flowers half-drowned? He’s O.K. now!  Flew off replete.

La pigeonnière

La pigeonnière

A lot of birds come into the garden.  Some visit only seasonally, others are here all year round.  At the moment two couples of collared doves honour us with their presence and one pair has nested high in an old elm in the back garden. My grandfather kept pigeons or “doos” as they are called … Continue reading

Fledgling help

Fledgling help

I saw this new fledgling getting down to the serious business of removing all the beasties from the top of our plum tree.  He was not at all shy and did not mind that we watched.  He was obviously well brought up and it had been explained that we provide the extra seeds and water … Continue reading