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Saints de Glace

Saints de Glace

At 7:30 am today 27th April 2017, the temperatures dropped to minus 4.5 degrees C (24 degrees F).  We see around us many vineyards devastated by the frost.  The vines that had just flowered were frozen. The last few weeks of really warm weather (up to 27 degrees C), have advanced the vines 12 to 15 days, compared with … Continue reading

A confused spring

A confused spring

For the past couple of days we have had sunshine and temperatures going up to 26 degrees centigrade.  Sitting outside (in the shade in the afternoon) it feels more like summer. The large plum tree has finished flowering and yet many of the trees like the Ash and Poplar still look skeletal from afar. The … 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

A Regulus ignicapillus in the hand

A Regulus ignicapillus in the hand

Our dining room faces onto a small patio facing the front garden.  Water and food is placed on the patio for the birds to eat, drink, bathe and generally frolic for our amusement summer and winter. We get large numbers of sparrows and tits with the flock mentality of one for all.  This means that … Continue reading

Special Mission – Year Two

Special Mission – Year Two

Last year we undertook a “Special Mission” to count glow worms on a route of  500 metres in length near our house.  I posted about the Special Mission in July last year.  We were contacted again this year and were on the road at 11.00 p.m. last Saturday. I was a bit disappointed with the photographs I … Continue reading

Still running to keep up

Still running to keep up

The winter was mild and now the spring is coming, as it should, with sunshine and rain showers but I am still running to keep up with the changing season. The star of the moment is the Amelanchier – the blurry, white blossoming in the middle of the photograph above.  It looks better for real. … Continue reading

Distractions

Distractions

There is a lot of dew in the garden at this time of year.  The grass is wet and Wellington boots are a necessity.  But trudging down the garden early in the morning I noticed what lovely patterns the dew left on the flowers. The Phacelia was well sprinkled… as was the Winter Honeysuckle.  So … Continue reading

It had to happen…

It had to happen…

The frost arrived this morning. The frost rimmed fuschia looked like a variegated variety. There is no time for the pumpkin flower to produce fruit in October but I am sure the bees will be happy to take advantage of its pollen and nectar at this time of year. All the seasons seem to be … Continue reading

The end of September

The end of September

It’s the end of September and the garden is looking good after a week of really heavy rain in the first part of the month.  It was the rain that puts a smile on gardeners faces and it fell mostly at night time with the daytime temperatures staying pleasantly warm. Kourosh’s half price Maya the … Continue reading

Les Jardins de Colette

Les Jardins de Colette

After the honey harvest, Amelia and I gave ourselves a few days of holiday and went to the Corrèze region of France.  We discovered that the area around Brive-la-Gaillarde was both beautiful and had so many pretty towns and attractions that we promised ourselves to return in future. One of the calmest and most wonderful visits we … Continue reading