Tagged with butterflies

Lac Bajamont

Lac Bajamont

We took a break for a few days last week to stay outside Agen and visit the area nearby, between the rivers Garonne and Lot.  Lac Bajamont, is not well known but was nearby so we decided to take a look.  At first site it reminded me of some of the small lochs you see … Continue reading

A walk after the storm

A walk after the storm

Our garden borders the river Seudre.  We have left a part of the land next to the river somewhat wild forming a little forest.  After the recent storm it now resembles a war zone with broken trees scattered along it, waiting for the autumn when I will drag the branches to an open space and … Continue reading

A bit of sunshine

A bit of sunshine

A bit of sunshine in the Charente Maritime and the seasons seem to slide before your eyes. The violets appear. The crocus pop up. And up. Daffodils usually signal the spring. But there are still plenty of snowdrops in the garden. The catkins are out. The plum tree seems to be bursting to open its … Continue reading

A Summer Day in October

A Summer Day in October

Last Friday was the fifth of October and the sun shone in the blue Charentais sky like a beautiful summer day with the temperature reaching 26 degrees centigrade.  There was no wind and it seemed an ideal day to explore another little pond just about a kilometre or so away from the pond at Madion. … Continue reading

End of September in the garden

End of September in the garden

It has rained at last.  It has been such a dry year that it is time to rethink strategies.  The potager gets watered within reason but during a prolonged dry spell it is like watering a patch on top of a sponge.  I sowed dill twice and each time it came up and flowered almost … Continue reading

Conversation beside the Brussel sprouts

Conversation beside the Brussel sprouts

It’s no good trying to pretend your’e not there, because your’e so well camouflaged.  I saw you fly in there. I can see perfectly well what your doing. It really doesn’t wash with me the innocent “I’m just resting in the shade” look.  I can see your yellow eggs positioned neatly on the stem.  Now … Continue reading

The garden in August

The garden in August

Taking photographs of the garden in August is difficult. This is one of the Lime trees (Tilia platyphyllos) that I planted for its perfumed blossom (see my last post Perfumed Pumpkin Flower? https://afrenchgarden.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/pumpkin-perfume/) .  It is just  starting to take form but I find the August sunshine is as harsh in a photograph as it is on … Continue reading

Hot August Days

Hot August Days

Although it is tempting to slide off to the beach when it is hot and sunny, it is also tempting to go for a walk beside the little canal.  The little canal runs parallel to the Seudre which is at the bottom of our garden.  Although both are dry just now after the dry winter … Continue reading

Where do butterflies go when it’s cloudy?

Where do butterflies go when it’s cloudy?

It’s cloudy today, not cold just cloudy and there has been a short shower of rain. But no butterflies. A few days ago we went for a walk. (Melanargia galathea, Marbled white) There were butterflies everywhere. (Melanargia galathea, Marbled white) Just to prove what I am saying, I’ll show you a photograph of two at … 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