Saturday, March 17, 2018

17/03/2018 Not much in the garden today!

Maximum temperature today 11C, minimum 2C.   5 mm of rain measured this morning; 7 km/h North Westerly winds with up to 28 km/h gusts.  
357 mm of rain so far this year!  

Not an insect in sight today, not even a fly! This male blackbird seemed to be doing well in the wet soil finding worms though. (Turdus merula.)

The camellia are struggling in this weather and are going brown very quickly.

Someone lost a feather!

Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles japonica)

As above.

Red robin.

Unknown!  Maybe if it opens up more I can work out what it is.



Wild violets.

Friday, March 16, 2018

16/03/2018 Catching up with the last two days.

Maximum temperature today 13C, minimum 4C.   15 mm of rain measured this morning and it has been raining heavily on and off again all day; 6 km/h South Westerly winds with up to 16 km/h gusts.  
352 mm of rain so far this year!  The cold is returning again next week!!

Out to buy paint yesterday, the flooded house has left marks so we might as well redecorate!

First blossom of 2018 seen by the roadside, I have no idea what it is.

At Brico 16 where we buy our English paint, I also saw this blossom.  (French paint does not cover as well, or last as long!)

The long and winding road.  Winter wheat planted at the sides I think...

Driving past the Mairie (Mayor's office) in St. Angeau...

and the church of Saint-Michel.

Today's photos of an Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) in the rain...

as above.

Great tit (Parus major) female checking out the stone owl...

as above.

The large and the small. Common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) and male chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs).  The yellow back ground is calendula taking over in the uncut lawn!

and joined by male and female house sparrows (Passer domesticus).

Despite the rain we still got a sort of sunset. Thanks to the reflection on the wet road it gave it an interesting look.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

15/03/2018 Looking back at Tuesday! Scrabble at Vitrac.

Maximum temperature today 14C, minimum 7C.   6 mm of rain measured this morning and it has been raining heavily again all day; 11 km/h South Westerly winds with up to 32 km/h gusts.  
337 mm of rain so far this year!  The cold is returning again next week!!

Sorry I am behind again.  Firstly the WiFi went down.  Then when we got it back, my computer updated, and then decided that it had lost all my personal settings!! Frustrating!!
The church Saint-Maixent (eleventh and 12th centuries). The first stone was laid in the year 1080 under the tutelage of the powerful lord of Chabanais. The church of Vitrac in the 12th century was as important as his sister in Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure.

Rivaillon, not as flooded as it was but normally this is a very small stream.

The bridge on the main road into town.

Looks like some one is having repairs done in the town with scaffolding up.

Heading into the Salle Communale to play scrabble....

The new kiosk at the back of the hall which will be nice when we have luncheons on sunny days with the doors open.

The people at the back are playing belote, a card game that is very popular here - too complicated for us!

We will stick to our French scrabble which is not easy, but I did actually win a game this week with a little help on a couple of words :-)

Monday, March 12, 2018

12/03/2018 Photos taken on Saturday that I had not downloaded!!!

Maximum temperature today 12C, minimum 6C.   4 mm of rain measured this morning and it has been raining heavily again all day; 20 km/h Southerly winds with up to 60 km/h gusts.  

It was a good job that I walked around the garden yesterday, as we are back to needing webbed feet again!!!
We had to go into Chasseneuil  on Saturday, only to discover that some of the roads had been closed off and there were a crowd of people waving French flags - we never did find out what was going on!!!

We then had to go to Soyaux - driving over the river Touvre on the way - there were a lot of fishermen around.

Leroy Merlin, where we had to get the correct overflow pipe fitting for the new basin! it should have come with the rest of the order, but!!!

Inside the shop.

In the evening, we had a local dinner.  There have to be a certain number of events at the Salle des Fetes to keep the licence going.  At these  events, the local ladies do all the cooking and there is no official catering of any sort.  The food arrives in big dishes or bowls at the table and it is pretty much help yourself.
This menu cover photo, so we were told, was taken in the 40's when  mobile stills were brought around the villages to make alcohol from the peoples' plums, pears or whatever!  In the 1950's the Government made it illegal!!

The meal menu with a few more photos of the town.

and on the back.

Apéritifs at the bar...

while some people were finding a place to sit.

The mayor serving our soup. Nigel had a "place of honour" next to him (on his right and out of the photo)!!!

He is very thoughtful ; he knows I do not like the Bordeaux red wine which is generally served with  meals, so he went and got me a bottle of rosé. 😊

Pot au feu.

Salade and fromage.

I think we all enjoyed a good evening with interesting company and for only €15 a head, including wine, it wasn't too expensive!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

11/03/2018 A walk in the garden. Amazing what a difference a bit of sun makes!

Maximum temperature today 17C, minimum 10C.   2 mm of rain measured this morning; 14 km/h Southerly winds with up to 47 km/h gusts.  

Lawn daisy and Cranesbill.

Rosemary beetles.

Possibly a bee of some kind.

Common Blackbird (Turdus merula).  Male.

Calendula with a number of very tiny beetles.


Common Speedwell.


Lawn daisy and fly.

As above.

What I believe to be a hoverfly.  Spectacular colouring.


Young leaves on the weeping willow.

Unknown bug...

As above...

As above on a dandelion.

Viburnum tinus.


Also unknown bug!!