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We give Nature a home…usually

We give Nature a home…usually

We plant flowers that all the bees like – not just the honey bees. It is not too difficult finding the flowers for us and the bees. I love Wisteria and it was good to see that a female blackbird has chosen the Wisteria growing on the wall of our outbuilding to make a nest. … Continue reading

Not such a daft old bat

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 … Continue reading

Do bats sunbathe?

Do bats sunbathe?

What a ridiculous question!  It is a well known fact that bats like hanging about in dark places like belfries or caves.  In fact, our bat gave up his usual place behind the front door shutter last year to hang in the atelier when it was very wet. So I was surprised yesterday, as I was … Continue reading

Return to the garden in March

Return to the garden in March

After two weeks of holidays we were happy to see the garden again but it was at a slow, measured pace we gave the garden its customary “so good to see you” check over.  We have returned with a ‘flu the like of which we have not suffered from in many a year. Even the … Continue reading

May orchids at St-Maurice-de-Tavernoles

May orchids at St-Maurice-de-Tavernoles

It was a warm sunny day with a partly covered sky when I finally went to see the path of the orchids at St-Maurice-de-Tavernole.  I’ve had the intention of going since I was given the beautiful guide “Les Orchidée Sauvage” of the Haute-Saintonge which is available free, thanks to the funding from the Communauté de … Continue reading

Honey Bees

Honey Bees

It was all the fault of our beekeeper friend Michel who had me hooked on bees.   Every time he visited our garden, he kept telling me: ‘There, you can place a hive…. and over there another….in fact you have room for several hives near the river and just outside the wooded area.’ In January we bought … Continue reading

A small event

A small event

Sometimes the smallest event can trigger a chain of events that seems to take on a life of its own. I was walking near the house last week when I saw an unusually large flock of small birds.  Luckily I had my camera but I soon had a glimpse of colours and had a good … Continue reading

Well Shock

Well Shock

While in the U.K. over Christmas I received a comment on an old post “Water, water everywhere…” from last February 2014.  Paul wrote: The amphibians that end up in your well are trapped, in a short space of time they will drown, it would be good if you could help them out via a long … Continue reading