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A barbastelle in the atelier

A barbastelle in the atelier

I suppose we should have realised from the time of year that we could be receiving a visit from our friendly Barbastelle bat (see https://afrenchgarden.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/many-happy-returns/ and https://afrenchgarden.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/a-furry-visitor/).  We have been looking around the front shutters but when Kourosh went out to collect some logs from the outbuilding the other day he felt a bat fly around his head … Continue reading

New home for an old trunk

New home for an old trunk

It all began some eight years ago.  The large building next to our house was always called by the previous owners the atelier, so Amelia and I have kept that name.  It is more than a barn.  It stores all our garden furniture, the ride-on mower, the wood for the fire place, and a variety of objects that … Continue reading

Roe deer

Roe deer

We went out looking for cepes this morning.  We had just left the house and noticed a couple of Roe deer taking the same path as we do when we go along the little canal. At least it was a compensation for finding no fungi at all in the woods, not even a slug.  The … 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

Keeping focused…

Keeping focused…

I do try and keep focused on the garden.  The problem is that as soon as I put a foot outside the door I find other things staring me in the face. Take this bee, he has decided to take up residence in our cellier wall, which adjoins our back door.  If you see a … Continue reading

Walk with me in the woods

Walk with me in the woods

Yesterday was cooler and cloudy in the morning but still inviting enough for a walk in the nearby woods.  As a bonus the clouds parted in the afternoon and the sun was warm.  There is always more activity along the way if it is sunny and the photographs seem more full of life. We saw … Continue reading

A trap in the trees – Asiatic Hornets beware

A trap in the trees – Asiatic Hornets beware

The Asiatic hornet vespa velutina nigrithorax is a non-native species of hornets which has invaded France and gets very bad press over here.  It was first identified in 2004 in France and the story goes that it had stowed away in some pottery that had been imported from China.  The sad truth is that it … Continue reading

Bees in the willows

Bees in the willows

The weather today was like summer.  The temperature was in the mid 20’s and the bees were busy. They were busy in my weeds. They were busy in the rosemary. They were foraging in the flowers… And in the dog violets. But the biggest attraction was the willow tree at the bottom of the garden. … Continue reading