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Pressing on

Pressing on

It may not be the New Year, there are still few days left of 2012 but it is not too early for me to have started my reflections on the past year with WordPress. Early in 2012 my son suggested I started a blog as a way to create a journal of the garden and … Continue reading

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

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

Post on a post with a digression

In May I was walking in the woods nearby and I saw something up in front of me that was unfamiliar.  As I got nearer I could see it was insects over a large puddle of water in the middle of the path. As I got closer I could see it was bees.  I had … Continue reading

It’s raining, it’s pouring…

It’s raining, it’s pouring…

It’s raining it’s pouring…Well, what does a gardener (an amateur one!) do on a wet Sunday in March?  First comes the guilt for going walking during the warm sunny afternoons last week but that doesn’t last long.  The temperatures soared into the 20’s and it was too good to stay in the garden and get … Continue reading

The call of the sea

The call of the sea

Yesterday I did potter in the garden, I did try to enthuse myself in the many tasks that have to be tackled to clear up after the big freeze and before the spring.  However, the afternoon was sunny and as they say over here “it was stronger that me” – I wanted to see the … Continue reading

Life is good!

Life is good!

Life is good! It is three days after the glacial weather has finished here and the outside temperature has soared to 10 C in the garden. It means relaxing with mugs of tea on the stone bench against the wall  and soaking up the sun. The snowdrops are happy. The crocus are happy.  Even one of … Continue reading