Posted in February 2013

Monday, Monday…

Monday, Monday…

The weather forecast last night predicted snow over France with the exception of small areas such as ours.  We are protected by the Atlantic (?).  However, this morning (25 February) we awoke to a light covering of snow.  Less than a week ago we had lunch in the sunshine on the patio. The snow does … Continue reading

Early bumblebees

Early bumblebees

I think I should give an early warning  here – this post  is about bumble bees and honey bees.  It is a sort of warning cum apology but the weather this week was amazing and the bees really took advantage of it.  I took these photographs on Tuesday 19 February in the warm sunshine although the … Continue reading

A bit of sunshine

A bit of sunshine

A bit of sunshine in the Charente Maritime and the seasons seem to slide before your eyes. The violets appear. The crocus pop up. And up. Daffodils usually signal the spring. But there are still plenty of snowdrops in the garden. The catkins are out. The plum tree seems to be bursting to open its … Continue reading

More plum blossom

More plum blossom

I thought by the time my twigs from the plum tree would open that the rain would stop and let me get out into the garden.  Not so. Even the plum tree outside has started to flower and still it hasn’t stopped raining.  The first flower has appeared on the ninth of February, the apricot … Continue reading

Thoughts of Mason bees and faeces

Thoughts of Mason bees and faeces

I have a shop bought bee nest that I have hanging in the front garden on the lilac tree. I have been interested in increasing the number of solitary bees nesting in the garden and I was hopeful that in doing so any observations might be useful to others attempting to do the same thing. … Continue reading

The well in winter

The well in winter

It has been a wet January with little respite or sunshine to work in the garden or to go on long walks.  However, the river at the bottom of the garden is now full of water for the first time in two years and there is actually water at the bottom of the old well shaft showing … Continue reading