a french garden

Reflections on nature in a garden in France

Not such a daft old bat


Sadly our annual bat visitor left us two days ago.  It was sad to look and find an empty space behind the shutter.  I checked the shutter on the other side of the French door but I knew he did not like that side.  No bat on the wall or on the shutters.

Then it occurred to me that it had started to rain two days ago.  So Kourosh was duly dispatched to the atelier with a torch because if anyone could find a needle in a haystack it would be him.

So, not very far away from where he had roosted last year, our bat had remember that there was a good place to shelter in inclement weather.

It does mean that the photographs are not so good as he is quite high up and the angle of the photograph is directly underneath him.

I’m glad he has not left us yet.  The weather is forecast to improve next week.


Author: afrenchgarden

Born in Scotland I have lived in England, Iran, USA and Greece. The house and land was bought twelve years ago in fulfilment of the dream of living in France that my Francophile husband nurtured. We had spent frequent holidays in France touring the more northerly parts and enjoying the food, scenery, architecture and of course gardens. However, we felt that to retire in France and enjoy a more clement climate than we currently had in Aberdeen we would need to find somewhere south of the river Loire but not too south to make returning to visit the UK onerous. The year 2000 saw us buying our house and setting it up to receive us and the family on holidays. The garden was more a field and we were helped by my son to remove the fencing that had separated the previous owners’ goats, sheep and chickens. We did inherit some lovely old trees and decided to plant more fruit trees that would survive and mature with the minimum of care until we took up permanent residence. The move took place in 2006 and the love hate relation with the “garden” started. There was so much to do in the house that there was little energy left for the hard tasks in the garden. It was very much a slow process and a steep learning curve. Expenditures have been kept to a minimum. The majority of the plants have been cuttings and I try to gather seeds wherever I can. The fruit trees have all been bought but we have tender hearts and cannot resist the little unloved shrub at a discount price and take it as a matter of honour to nurse it back to health. This year I have launched my Blog hoping to reach out to other gardeners in other countries. My aim is to make a garden for people to enjoy, providing shady and sunny spots with plants that enjoy living in this area with its limestone based subsoil and low rainfall in a warm summer. Exchanging ideas and exploring mutual problems will enrich my experience trying to form my French garden.

18 thoughts on “Not such a daft old bat

  1. So are those eyes that I’m seeing?
    (What happened to “blind as a bat”?)


  2. That must be so wonderful to have a bat living so near! I’ve been meaning to build a few bat houses for the property. I see them fluttering about at night. I hope your bat stays! 🙂


  3. Nice and cosy up there! 😉

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  4. The question then is – do bats fly at night when it’s raining?


  5. They are very heat sensitive and will move to the best place every day. If he disappears for a few days, I bet he’ll be back to your patch!


  6. First I get wonderful lessons on bees and now I’m going to have to learn about bats. Thanks and keep it coming.


    • Bats have always appealed to me and having one visiting the house has made me learn a bit more about them. I am well-situated here as this area is limestone and has a lot of good natural habitats for bats as well as man-made ones. Amelia

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  7. Where does he spend the winter? not behind the shutters I imagine.


    • He will try to find somewhere warm so our shutter would be too drafty. The Charente-Maritime is limestone and so their are many natural subterranean cavities as well as disused quarries. Our bat is small and likes to squeeze into a tight spot so it could even be in a barn or a house above the roof. The bigger bats like the horseshoe need more space and will cluster on the roofs of caves or in the roof spaces of old houses or churches. Amelia


  8. We have bats in our barn but only once have I ever managed a photo. Well done. Diane


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