Posted in August 2013

The beekeeper’s car

The beekeeper’s car

Bee keepers are full of surprises. The other day our friend Michel turned up to show us his latest project completed. His offer to go for a spin was promptly taken up by my husband and son-in-law Tim. The dress code was casual! I have no interest in cars myself but I was completely seduced … Continue reading

The largest European moth

The largest European moth

I have to come right out and say it – this is the largest European moth’s caterpillar.  (Does that mean it is the largest European caterpillar?) A couple of evenings ago I went out into the back garden to do a bit of watering and as I reached to turn on the hose I noticed … Continue reading

A walk after the storm

A walk after the storm

Our garden borders the river Seudre.  We have left a part of the land next to the river somewhat wild forming a little forest.  After the recent storm it now resembles a war zone with broken trees scattered along it, waiting for the autumn when I will drag the branches to an open space and … Continue reading

A bee with no name

A bee with no name

Paranoid I must be, but I am beginning to think they are following me.  The bees that is. I posted on my Dasypoda hirtipes in my garden yesterday and raved about her “pantaloons” and today I go for a walk and meet another well-endowed bee. I don’t think she is the same species but she is … Continue reading

Cutting the “grass”

Cutting the “grass”

We do not have a lawn.  Even the grass is in short supply and each year “the green bit” is invaded by the most successful weed.  This year the prize goes to varieties in the family of the Compositae, probably Cat’s Ears and Hawkbits but my Botany skills cannot identify it or them any further. … Continue reading

After the Storm

After the Storm

On Friday night 26 July a storm raged across the garden. The wind flew past at 150 kilometres and hour and 58 centimetres of rain fell.  The rain was welcome but the wind was scary.  We sat watching the spectacle with our oldest granddaughter.  The storm seemed to stay overhead for a long time with … Continue reading