Friday, September 22, 2017

22/09/2017 Busy day - in the kitchen - The Pest controller - La Rochefoucauld.

Maximum temperature 21C,  minimum 10C.  9 km/h NE wind with 19 km/h gusts. Dry and another reasonable day despite fog this morning.
Nine bottles of quince jelly bottled this morning.

Then the pest controller came to sort out the hornets which were becoming a huge problem...

As above.  After spraying he broke up the nest and managed to put a small hole through the ceiling in our bathroom which is the other side of the wall.  We must have swept up over 100 hornets in the bathroom and in our bedroom!

The back roads of La Rochefoucauld...

as above...

Rue des Tanneurs ( Street of the tanners)...

Until the 19th century tanning played an important part of the economy in La Rochefoucauld.  As a lot of water is required in tanning the establishment was set up close to La Tardoire river.
I am hoping that my French speaking followers will be able to read this sign but the writing is not very big.

The above road...

La Tardoire looking towards La Rochefoucauld chateau,

and looking in the opposite direction.

The wall around the town was built to protest the inhabitants during the 100 year wall from 1397 onwards. The wall was 1 metre 70 thick (5 ft 6ins) with 6 gateways and 5 towers. apart from a section of the Coquille gate (above) the wall was demolished in 1850.

Info for the above.

La Rochefoucald with the church St Cybard in the distance...

The town hall.  The Police station is on the left of this photo, you can see two policeman on their bikes...

I took  a drive by shot of this a couple of weeks back and said I had never seen it before and did not know what was there....

now I know :-)

and to finish the day off after a fish meal we had quince and apple crumble.   So many quinces still on the tree!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

21/09/2017 Nigel's is on a cookery course and I get lots done at home :-)

Maximum temperature 22C,  minimum 8C.  6 km/h NE wind with 13 km/h gusts. Dry and a nice day.
The first robin I have seen since  March /April, we never see them in summer.  This is a youngster so I presume they breed fairly close by. (Erithacus rubecula)

Zebra spider (Salticus scenicus Saltcidae)

Lawn and edges cut

as above.

Baklava - the course that Nigel was on - Northern African cooking...

Roasted butternut pumpkin...

Carrot salad...

Chicken casserole - amongst other dishes.  I got to taste the carrot salad and the couscous not photographed.

Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria)

as above.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

20/09/2017 More wood cutting and only a few garden shots.

Maximum temperature 20C,  minimum 8C.  7 km/h SE wind with 17 km/h gusts. Dry and quite pleasant :-) 
An unusual positional shot of a Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

As above.

This common wall lizard does not look comfy but it seemed quite happy posing on the edge of the compost bins

The Peacock butterfly looks so dull with closed wings...

Here is is again being bombed by a bee...

After about the sixth bombing the butterfly gave up and moved....

here to give me a beautiful shot. (Aglais io)

There are fairies and elves living in our garden.

Le gendarme beetle on the lavender (Pyrrhocoris apterus).

Rose bud.

Pumpkin.

Sweet potatoes, carrots (yellow and orange) and tomatoes.  The largest sweet potato weighed in at 1.11 kg (2.3 lbs)!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

19/09/2017 Busy day cutting wood for the fire.

Maximum temperature 18C,  minimum 8C.  5 km/h NW wind with 21 km/h gusts. Dry but dark skies around.
We had a session of cutting this morning and this afternoon, more tomorrow!

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)

Toadstool.

Californian Poppy.

Chafer beetle.

Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album)

As above.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) A bit bedraggled.

Autumn colours of the Euonymus

Harvestman. (Opiliones)

Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) I think.

As above doing what a hoverfly does best - hovering.