Tuesday, July 17, 2018

17/07/18 Photos from the garden today,

Maximum temperature today 26C, minimum 16C.  7mm rain measured yesterday; 13 km/h North-westerly winds with up to 33 km/h gusts. 

Still working on the weeks holiday photos!!

Poppy after a light shower of rain....

with a bumblebee...

and a few more.

The mixed flower garden.


Not sure what this is but it was from a mixed seed packet.

Echeveria flower still in bud.

My favourite in the garden at present - 'Star Gazer' that was given to me a number of years back by our French neighbour.

A closer look.

N.B. My bird blog is updated  HERE 

Part 17 of the birds seen in Africa.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

15/07/2018 A very happy France.....

Maximum temperature today 31C, minimum 17C.  A light shower of rain this evening, I hope for the garden we may get a bit more; 9 km/h North westerly winds with up to 24 km/h gusts. 

Bastille day celebrations last night
 Not the best photos, with all the rain this year the trees seem to have grown more than ever, viewing in the field was somewhat obstructed!

As above,  I have a fairly good video but our WiFi speed will not allow me to download it!

Today France wins the World Cup Football 2018.  Fabulous result, cheers ....

Image result for champagne glass

Happy sunflowers in the fields yesterday...

and a glowing sky.

I will try to catch up with more holiday photos next week, I just seem to be getting further and further behind!

N.B. My bird blog is updated  HERE 

Part 16 of the birds seen in Africa.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

12/02/2018 Two photos from today and the remainder from our week away.

Maximum temperature today 28C, minimum 13C.   Dry; 9 km/h North winds with up to 29 km/h gusts. 

I have tried my best with the identification of the following, if I am wrong please let me know. I am finding the ID very difficult as these insects are mostly new to me and my camera!

Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius)

As above.

Beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) I think - female

As above.

Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) I think - male.

As below (I think), both male and female.

Blue Featherleg or White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) having an orgy - one pair I suspect is gay!

Blue-tailed Damselfly  (Ischnura elegans).

Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea). Thanks to Richard for ID

Again I am not sure, but suspect this is a female Emporer Dragonfly (Anax imperator).

Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius).  A first for me.  I see them regularly, but I have never managed a photo of one before.  I got some better shots later in the week although not so close.  Watch this space!

A hopper of some kind!

A web-spinning spider.

Last but not least a common wall lizard on a rocky outcrop.

N.B. My bird blog is updated  HERE 

Part 16 of the birds seen in Africa.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

11/07/2018 Trying to catch up......

Maximum temperature today 26C, minimum 15C.   Dry; 12 km/h North Easterly winds with up to 31 km/h gusts.  Dry.

Photos from our week away other than the Little Owl (Athene noctua).  I was sitting at the computer last night when I heard a suspicious noise, I even had time to change the lens on my camera before I went outside. The light was not great as the sun was setting behind the owl, but it made my week for me. 😃😉😊
Little Owl (Athene noctua)...

as above.

I have tried my best with the identification of the following, if I am wrong please let me know. 
Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella).

Water striders and azur damselfly.

Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) damselfly.

Flower longhorn beetle (Stictoleptura cordigera).  Is that a dragonfly up in the corner?

Dragonfly - Large Pincertail - (Onychogomphus uncatus)....

As above.

Marbled White Butterfly (Melanargia galathea).

I think this is a Mayfly, but that is far as I can get with the identification here!

An orb web spider maybe!

N.B. My bird blog is updated  HERE 

Part 16 of the birds seen in Africa.

Monday, July 9, 2018

09/07/2018 We are home but so much to do.

Maximum temperature today 29C, minimum 19C.   Dry; 11 km/h North Easterly winds with up to 31 km/h gusts.  32 mm of rain last week bringing our total this year to 680 mm.

Just to let you know we are back home but lots going on with the barn we are buying and I have over 700 photos to go through from the week away.  Lots of insects, few birds and a few wildflowers. Not forgetting some historic towns and old Roman ruins.

We were incredibly lucky while absent, as on 4 July massive storms hit the Charente were we live and the Dordogne where we were staying.  Basically, it sort of missed home and where we were, but just up the road from home, hailstones the size of tennis balls destroyed many cars and over 800 houses had their roofs smashed.  Families are being put up in clubhouses and sports centres, many people have lost so much. 
Take a look HERE to get some idea of what the storm was like.

A couple of the photos I took while away, I will try to go through the others sometime this week. I will also try to catch up with all of your blogs as well.

Marbled White Butterfly (Melanargia galathea)

Beautiful demoiselle damselfly (Calopteryx virgo).

Many thanks for all the comments on previous posts, David you do make me smile 😉

Saturday, June 30, 2018

30/06/2018 Around and about.

Maximum temperature today 33C, minimum 17C.   Dry; 5 km/h South Easterly winds with up to 18 km/h gusts. 

Last week we took a trip to Cassinomagus to see the Gallo-Roman remains and the thermal baths...

An artists impression of what the baths looked like about 2000 years ago...

If you are interested, my original blog on Cassinomagnus is HERE...

As above...

The sign to Cassinomagus.

Somewhere on our route, we saw this ghost sign for Dubonnet but I am not sure where. I am sure you all know that Dubonnet is a sweet, aromatised wine-based aperitif with 15% alcohol.

Another ghost sign just outside Chasseneuil which took me some time to work out what it was for. Finally, I made it out to be Vichy-Celestins which is a naturally carbonated mineral water that springs in the park of the former Couvent des Celestins in the spa town of Vichy.

The boulangerie in La Rochefoucauld.

The Chateau de la Rochefoucauld, of which I have put many photos on numerous blogs over the last few years, it originated from the first camp placed here in the year 980.  Further information on my blog HERE. The old bridge straddles the River Tardoire.

The chocolate factory in La Rochefoucauld.  Not cheap, but oh so yummy!...

Part of the old convent which now appears to be a day medical centre.  It has only recently been restored...

The Creperie which used to be a boulangerie....

The square where I was standing to take the above and the following photos.

The small bit in English in the corner of the above sign....

The old well in the square and one of the oldest houses in the background....

 Maison RONDINAUD offers an exclusive collection of the essential slipper Charentaise. Other shoes as well, all with their own mark.

Another part of the Tardoire river...

As above,

Finally, we are off for a weeks holiday tomorrow in our 'new' Renault Megane 4 which we took delivery of yesterday.  It was a demonstration model with only 11,000 kms on the clock and it is spotless.😊  See you in a weeks time.

N.B. My bird blog is updated  HERE 

Part 13 of the birds seen in Africa.