Monday, October 23, 2017

23/10/2017 The birds are back.

Maximum temperature 16C, minimum 10C.  7 km/h SW winds, 17 km/h gusts. 2 mm rain measured.
Last nights sunset.

Mr Sparrow having splashed all the water out!
(Passer domesticus)

Mr Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Mrs Blackbird not happy there is no water left...

so she moves to the ashtray....

Ah more water here... 

but not big enough... 
I then went out and filled all the water up but of course they did not come back till I gave up on them!

Bumblebee

as above.

Unknown beetle on the wall.

Climbing rose.

What I think is just a fly on the zinnia.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

22/10/2017 Autumn in the garden.

Maximum temperature 15C, minimum 9C.  15 km/h SW winds, 42 km/h gusts. Surprisingly only 3mm of rain, it seemed much more!!
Ginkgo biloba.

Cotoneaster.

Fallen leaves.

Coriander flower.

Crane-fly on the Rosemary.

Still zinnias opening.

Figs.

Climbing rose.

Viburnum.

Raindrop.

Hydrangea.

The last of the green peppers -spot the fly!


For those following our South African holiday, Part 6 is now online HERE

Saturday, October 21, 2017

21/10/2017 Not a good day for photos. Out to lunch with friends but raining.

Maximum temperature 17C, minimum 11C.  24 km/h Westerly winds, 52 km/h gusts. Rain but not measured as yet.
Just after leaving home we drove though this small village with masses of cosmos by the right hand side of the road - sorry about the blurred rain drops!

 Crosses at crossroads were traditionally used in France as way-markers and/or as sacred places for use by travellers and locals alike.

Marillac-le-franc.  I could just see the church between two barns as we drove past.

Arrival at the restaurant at St Sornin where we met friends.  

The house next door to the restaurant - I know many of you like the stone houses we have here.

Buffet starter - great deal - 4 courses including wine for €12.50 each.

I forgot photos of the lamb main course, and the cheese plate, and as you can see I almost forgot a photo of the dessert as well - one mouthful gone 😉

This Virginia creeper is on a house opposite the restaurant...

and autumn colours beyond the hedge in the car park.

Back on the road you can see the autumn colours starting to show... 

as above.

and then the rain came down heavier as we were nearly home.



For those following our South African holiday, Part 6 is now online HERE


Friday, October 20, 2017

20/10/2017 Overcast and no bugs around! The garden seems to have got confused with the weather though.

Maximum temperature 20C, minimum 14C.  14 km/h Southerly winds, 28 km/h gusts. 1 mm of rain measured over night.
Choisya ternata, think this is the third time this has flowered this year!

Zinnia.

The Azalea is in bud...

and so is the camellia.

Marigolds in flower...

and a petunia.

I think this is a hoverfly, the only bug I saw today on the flowering fennel.

Eurasian Collared-Doves (Streptopelia decaocto)

Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus)

All the pumpkins have been harvested, but the plants which are still there are flowering again!!

Common speedwell flowering in the lawn!

I was too late for the sunset it vanished as I took this photo.



For those following our South African holiday, Part 6 is now online HERE

Thursday, October 19, 2017

19/10/2017 The club repas (luncheon) today so most of the day was taken up!!

Maximum temperature 20C, minimum 13C.  15 km/h Southerly winds, 29 km/h gusts. 11 mm of rain measured over night.
Arriving at the Salle Communale....

for the autumn luncheon...

Good job the meal is spread out over 4 to 5 hours....

Finding a seat...

The table settings...

Potage Maison - Literally homemade soup of the day...

Perch with sorrel sauce - we were all saying we were full by the end of the fish course!!..

Then came the guinea fowl, with beans wrapped in bacon and we never established what the third part of the meal was.  Onion cake ???? It tasted good whatever it was.  Girolles is the mushroom for those who are lost with the French on the menu.

Cheese and salad, and of course French bread throughout the meal....

Blueberry tart with sorbet and coffee to finish off with.  Of course no shortage of wine on the table!...

Back home at 5 pm a quick walk in the garden and I discovered this bumblebee...

Catkins on the hazel nut tree....

A somewhat bedraggled red admiral butterfly  (Vanessa atalanta)...

and one lone bud on the climbing rose.


For those following our South African holiday, Part 6 is now online HERE