Posted in May 2013

Les saints de glace is passed!

Les saints de glace is passed!

Amelia left me in charge of planting the little tomato plants that she had grown from seed.  Every time that I thought of planting them my French neighbours warned me that I must wait for les saints de glace to pass.  The country folks in most of Europe, especially in this little corner of France … Continue reading

Fête du Printemps

Fête du Printemps

This week, Amelia has returned to England and has left me to look after her “French garden”.   I’m the husband that makes the bee hotels and now has been entrusted to keep her posted with the happenings in the garden while  she is in the U.K. There is a lot to do this time … Continue reading

A day in the life of the bee hotel

A day in the life of the bee hotel

We hung one of the new bee hotels within easy site of the patio so that we could watch the bees come and go: imagining relaxing as we sipped our coffee.  For the naturally curious it doesn’t quite work out like that. Take a warm sunny day in May, the temperature has reached 30 degrees … Continue reading

Off the well trodden paths

Off the well trodden paths

When I visited Minerve in the Languedoc-Roussillon last week we parked in the visitors car park outside the village which must be reached on foot.  The car park was well designed and the light stream of visitors parked and followed a well-trodden path for their initial view of the beautiful village.  Afterwards they followed the paths … Continue reading