Monday, September 26, 2016

26/09/2016 A trip into the local town.

Maximum temperature 23C, minimum 9C. 1 km/h NE wind. Dry. 
Two way road....

not much room.

We stopped at the dechetterie, (recycling). Always so clean and tidy.

A wooden carving peering out from the shrubs!

The parish church of Saint-Saturnin from the XII century. 

The local town hall and Mairie.  Not sure when this was built, but the first mayor that I can track down was in 1899.  The building has just been cleaned and is looking wonderful.

The local railway station has also just been restored.

I was impressed with myself last night - this courgette souffle looked and tasted amazing :-)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

25/09/2016 Busy on my other blog so photos again at a minimum.

Maximum temperature 23C, minimum 10C. 47 km/h SE wind. Dry. Well we had about 6 drops that did not get near the rain gauge!

Common Lizard.


The shepherd and his sheep.

I have filled the water 3 times today!!!

and my other blog of My Life Before the Charente.  Loved this photo of my Mum.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

24/09/2016 Photos at a minimum today!

Maximum temperature 28C, minimum 10C. 52 km/h SE wind. Dry.
Sternbergia lutea, the winter daffodil, autumn crocus.


Rose hip.

Friday, September 23, 2016

23/09/2016 Out for lunch at a new restaurant for us.

Maximum temperature 25C, minimum 11C. 11 km/h NE wind. Dry.
Just down the road someone is repairing their roof.

The road to Angouleme, but if fact we were turning off to Gond-Pontourve

 Hotel/Restaurant Le Moulin NeufGond-Pontouvre

The Bar.

La Touvre....

As above, not a lot of water at this time of the year....

As above.

Duck was not on the menu!  There were several though swimming around and keeping watch.

Amuse-Bouche,  Lentil veloute and tomato creme.

Starter - I had Joue de boeuf and salade, Nigel had parsnip and sweet potato soup.

Main course - we both had Sword fish.

Dessert, - we also both had baked apple and ice cream.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

22/09/2016 Feathered friends and a couple of photos from Nigel's cycle ride.

Maximum temperature 25C, minimum 10C. 14 km/h SE wind. Dry.
We have not seen a robin all summer and suddenly it has appeared again for its winter stop over.

As above.

The Blue Tits also disappear during summer...

Oops not much water in there...

And the Great Tit is also complaining it seems.

Lantern des Morts at Cellefrouin. 

The old and the new!!

La Tache.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

21/09/2016 Out shopping and a few photos in the garden.

Maximum temperature 24C, minimum 9C. 14 km/h SE wind. Dry.
Just down the road from home...

Going around the roundabout...

Driving down the main street of the local town...

past the Mairie...

on our way to the highway...

Going to La Rochefoucauld.

Back home - Red Admiral.

Speckled Wood a  little bedraggled.

Small White.

Shall I or shall I not....

Nope the water was cold on my feet so that was it for the day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

20/09/2016 In the garden again but a bit more activity there today!

Maximum temperature 24C, minimum 10C. 15 km/h SE wind. Dry, and cloudy on and off.
Calendula - no not rain, I just watered a few plants!

Bee on the garlic chives.

Hover fly.

Red Admiral...

enjoying the dropped figs...

as above...

as above...

This hornet Vespa crabro kept chasing the Red admiral away, not sure why as there is plenty for all!!  I must say I kept my distance as far as possible!

The return of the Meadow Brown on the Sedum.


Californian poppy.

Today's crop of vegetables from the garden.
Parsnips, carrots, tomatoes, courgette, (zuchinni) and young chard.