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Carcassonne visit

Last Saturday morning we realised that if we did not take the chance to get away for a few days we would have no time to fit it in before I go back to the UK in May to be with the family.  A couple of hours later we had booked our hotel in the Mediaeval … 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

Bee orchid

Bee orchid

  I am so excited, I’ve just found a bee orchid  (Ophrys apifera)  in the border of the front garden!  It was nearly an ex-bee orchid as I was in the process of ripping out the dead forget-me-nots. Is it just me or does it look happy I found it too?    

Distractions in the vegetable garden

Distractions in the vegetable garden

This Privet Hawk moth (Sphinx ligustri) appeared while I was weeding in the vegetable garden.  Excuses to stop weeding don’t come much better than that. The poor creature was unlucky enough to fall into our hands but endured stoically our admiration and picture taking.  There are no privets around us but lots of ash trees … Continue reading

Sage

Sage

My sage is extremely popular with the bumble bees at the moment.  It is full of flowers and is another plant that gives rich rewards for very little attention.  It likes sunshine, a soil that does not stay damp (no problem with that in my sandy soil) and seemingly does not like limestone (I do … Continue reading

Mea culpa…

Mea culpa…

Mea culpa, I’ve caught a butterfly in my Asiatic hornet trap! Indignant but proud the Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) waits for release. A little coaxing was needed to encourage an exit from the trap. Too tired to fly she looked at me accusingly. O.K. I really am sorry!  Perhaps a drop of sugar solution would set … Continue reading

Summer approaches in the woods

Summer approaches in the woods

Everyday sees changes in the countryside.  The warmth, the cold, the rain, the sun all conspire to bring about subtle changes that made no two days the same but there comes a point where our coarse senses remark a change that cannot be ignored. The vibrant, frenetic days of spring are past and summer is … Continue reading

Mme Isaac Péreire

Mme Isaac Péreire

Madame Isaac Péreire is an old Bourbon rose.  Bred by Armand Garçon de Rouen in 1880 and originally called “Le Bienheureux de La Salle”  it was re- named after a wealthy banker’s wife in 1881.  I can imagine the original Madame Isaac Péreire wearing a stunning silk dress of the same rich pink as the rose.  In fact the … Continue reading

May in the garden

May in the garden

May has been a wet month so far. This was what the woods looked like on the first of May. It has not stopped the garden flourishing but it has cut badly into the time I have been able to spend in it. The lilac has flowered largely unappreciated, whereas it usually provides welcome shade … Continue reading

Bumble bee rescue

Bumble bee rescue

Yesterday was the first day that it had not rained for some time.  The temperature was still low for the time of the year and when I went into the garden to check out the comings and goings in the Wisteria I found a bumble bee prostrate on the fallen flower heads.  It was not … Continue reading