Thursday, September 16, 2021

16/09/2021 More photos from August and still I have not caught up!

 The maximum temperature here today is 24⁰C, minimum 15⁰C. Raining as I type this. Wind 10km/h icy North-Easterly winds with gusts up to 26 km/h!

Moth Burnet Companion (Euclidia glyphica)...

As above.

Cyclamen

A rose with a fabulous perfume.

Sunflower.

Garvinea Cheeky Pink

Melodious warbler (Hippolais polyglotta).

Nasturtium.

Tomatoes.

Tiny sunflower with a busy bumblebee.

Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album).

Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria).

Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus).

Wasp (Scolia hirta) on the sweet potato flowers.

Western Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera)...

As above drinking...

As above all at the water bowl.

Garlic chives in flower (Allium tuberosum).

This bee is very dark but possibly Western Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera)...

As above.

European Peacock Butterfly (Aglais io).


Take care everybody, keep well and stay safe.
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Monday, August 30, 2021

28/08/2021 Celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary.

The maximum temperature here today is 23⁰C, minimum 12⁰C. Dry. Wind 21km/h icy North-Easterly winds with gusts up to 50 km/h!

We decided to celebrate on Saturday with an evening meal! Due to the French COVID restrictions over the last 16 or so months, I cannot remember the last time we went out for anything other than outdoor lunches (and those only when the restaurants recently reopened, that is!). We returned to L'intemporel in La Rochefoucauld, as we so enjoyed the last visit there (see the previous post),   We picked the 5 course tasting menu, so it was all rather exotic cuisine and very different from our normal meals out.

Sitting relaxed at the table looking at the fabulous view of La Rochefoucauld chateau....

and the Tardoire river, which flows under the 15th-century stone bridge (see the last post).

This is the menu that we chose.

The amuse-bouches, a delightful choice....

followed by yet another amuse-bouche of ham on creamed pea, with a piece of pea stem and grated black truffle for decoration.

First course - Seared foie gras, Thai juice, shitakes and Nori seaweed.

Second course - Tuna with tartare of strawberry and fennel, very unusual, and wow it hit the taste buds.

Third and main course - local French beef, creamed carrots, sliced vegetables with peppered meat gravy.  Cooked to perfection (very rare or "bleu" in French) and it melted in the mouth!
 
Spoiling ourselves after 40 years with a bottle of champagne. Because of driving home afterwards, they were kind enough to give us a cork to enjoy the rest back home!

Cheers!!

Fourth course - Sorry, I slipped up here with the cheese course and had a couple of mouthfuls before I remembered the camera! This of course was served with French bread, which we had on the table for every course - we wiped our plates clean!

Last, but not least, was dessert, described as douceur de cerise au chocolat and a special slice of orange cake in a separate dish with a candle because it was our anniversary. They discovered this because we asked for the photo. Such a lovely thought and obviously a last-minute idea of theirs!

Finally, as the evening light faded and the lights came on - here we are in the reflection!

Apologies for the slow blogs at present, but time just seems to disappear with gardening and the kitchen.  As autumn approaches, I hope to have more time to go through the many photos which I have taken over the last couple of months.


Take care everybody, keep well and stay safe.
My local list of wildflowers. (91 Species 20/06/2021).

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

15/08/2021 Eating out again :-) Plus a few extras.

 The maximum temperature here today is 28⁰C, minimum 18⁰C.  Dry but there is a slight chance we may get a shower.  Wind 17km/h  North-Westerly winds with gusts up to 41 km/h.   

This visit was at the end of July to Restaurant L'intemporel.   I had only been here many years ago, but it has recently changed hands, been improved and has excellent references, so as we are now allowed to eat out we thought this was a chance to try it.  Sadly it was rainy and we could not eat in the garden, but in fact, eating in the conservatory was probably even better.


We were right next to the Tardoire river and the Pont dit du Ch√Ęteau de La Rochefoucauld. Listed as a Historic Monument since 1935, this 15th century freestone work of art links the castle to the city.

La Rochefoucald Chateau.

Part of the view from our table...

as above, plus a glass of wine had arrived by the time I took this ūüėČ

and just in front of the bridge we had company.

The menu changes every day so we just had the standard menu.  The starter was Fois gras, something we do not eat out of choice as we do not like the way it is obtained, but I have to say it was delicious.  Served of course with sliced French pain (bread).

Main course was duck breast with a few vegetables - melt in the mouth.

Dessert was apricots with ice cream - (possibly raspberry flavour but we were not sure) served in a melon sauce.
Coffee followed and we went home very satisfied without feeling like we had eaten too much.
They do a tasting menu of five courses on weeknights and weekends so we plan to try that out for our 40th wedding anniversary on the 28th of August.

Meanwhile in the garden life goes on.....
The Star Gazer Lily was flowering well.  A gift from our French neighbour for my birthday about 12 or so years ago.  It has done so well.

Cosmos with an unknown bee, it was carrying so much pollen its body was out of sight. 

Calendula with yet another bee, possibly Colletes succinctus, but I am happy to be corrected.

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus).

and with a bee, unidentified.

Beating the birds to the raspberries.

and a Black Cap juvenile (Sylvia atricapilla)  getting there first!

Another unknown bee pollinating the pumpkins

The white-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) in the lavender.

A close up of the stamens of the Star Gazer Lily.

Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta) on the agapanthus.

Finally, we have de-stoned over 1000 plums, they have been dehydrated ready for use during the year until next years batch arrives hopefully.  I use them in cooking and chopped they go into our homemade muesli breakfast cereal.

Note: We are now allowed to eat out, but by law, we have to present our ID and our certificate of a double vaccination.

Take care everybody, keep well and stay safe.
My local list of wildflowers. (91 Species 20/06/2021).

See also my


Joining up with My Corner of the World.