Monday, September 16, 2019

16/09/2019 A day of photos that I forgot last time........ and a visit to Cognac on 1 September.

Maximum temperature today 32C, minimum 17C.  Very dry.  17km/h North-easterly winds with gusts up to 27 km/h. 

Thank you to everyone for the comments on the previous blog.

Celebrating my birthday; 19 August.

As above, our friends Michael and Mary from the USA.

Driving home - the weighbridge at Marillac-le-Franc...

The scales as above.

Same town as above, Eglise Saint Didier...

As above.

The lavoir at St Adjutory with M and M.

Resistance Memorial at Chasseneuil sur Bonnieure...

A little closer.

Old houses in Cognac 1 September...

A sundial on a wall...

Waiting for the gates to open for a tour of Chateau Royal de Cognac, the home of Baron Otard Cognac...

Waiting in the reception...

The smell in the cellars is amazing ūüėČ 
Note: the spiders that live down here have got so used to the alcoholic fumes that they cannot live out of the building!!!!

Tasting the amazing cognac after a fabulous tour.
Highly recommended, both tour and cognac.

Finally standing on the bridge in Cognac looking down the Charente river.

As I said previously blogs are going to be very hit and miss for the remainder of this year.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

12/09/2019 Where did the last month go to???????

Maximum temperature today 26C, minimum 11C.  Very dry.  12km/h North-easterly winds with gusts up to 25 km/h. 

13/08/2019 Full moon.

14/08/2019 Sunflowers

18/08/2019 Michael and Mary arrive at Angouleme Station from the USA via Paris.

20/08/2019 Visiting Saint Emillion.

21/08/2019 Bordeaux.

23/08/2019 Lourdes which was number one on their bucket list.

24/08/2019 Carcassonne.

26/08/2019 The Cathedral at Albi.
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile: The largest red-brick cathedral in the world.

27/08/2019 A Potter wasp, a visit back home.

28/08/2019 Visiting St Germain-de-Confolens, Chateau remains.

29/08/2019 Wall murals in Angouleme.

31/08/2019 The convent cloisters in la Rochefoucauld.

More to follow but so much to do before we leave for the RSA 9 October.  Posts will be very sparce I fear for the remainder of the year.  I will visit you all when I can.

Monday, August 12, 2019

12/08/2019 A few more photos from the garden before our visitors arrive.

Maximum temperature today 21C, minimum 12C.  10 mm of very welcome rain measured this morning.  19km/h North-westerly winds with gusts up to 44 km/h. 

Gatekeeper butterfly (Pyronia tithonus).

Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis Muralis).

Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria).

I think this is one of the Potter wasps (or mason wasps), (Eumeninae).

A hopper unidentified in the bathroom!!! Probably a cricket but the long antennae are almost invisible. Maybe a mole cricket?

Jersey Tiger Moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria). Taken from outside of the window....

and from the inside.

A bumble bee on the lavender.

Our first sunflower of the year in the garden...

With a bee and another insect, possibly a different kind of bee (?) that kept trying to bomb the first one.

Flowers from the sweetcorn plants...

and the first view of tassels on the cobs forming.  Yum yum.

A rose after the rain.

Multiple sunflowers.

And my favourite shot of the week the moon with the leaves of the cherry tree in the foreground.  Think this is my best shot ever of the moon.

See also my Bird blog 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

06/08/2019 Just around the garden.

Maximum temperature today 27C, minimum 14C.  Dry.  11km/h South-westerly winds with gusts up to 30 km/h. 

Sorry posts are getting further apart, I seem to be so busy with the garden and other things,  visitors on Thursday and then friends arriving from the USA for just over two weeks and we will be sightseeing.  Will post when I can.

Crab spider in waiting....

This small insect walked right over the top of the spider without it moving, obviously not tasty...

Then along came a fly and supper was served...

As above.

Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)...

As above...

and yet another one.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)...

As above.

Bumblebee on the agapanthus...

and on the lavender.

Small white (Pieris rapae).

Bee on a pumpkin flower...

As above - plus a little insect...

and a little closer, see there is another bee right at the bottom.

Not many roses this year but this one has a fabulous perfume.


Sunflower in bud.

Remember I said I had an unknown plant, I now know it is a self-planted melon.


Yellow courgettes.

The almost new moon taken 4 August.

See also my Bird blog