Friday, November 17, 2017

17/11/2017 Out to lunch with friends yesterday.

Maximum temperature 9C, minimum 2C.  16 km/h NE winds, 33 km/h gusts. Dry.
The French in Charente are really good each year at cleaning out the roadside ditches.

A farm tractor but the road was wide enough for us both.

Arriving at Roussines.

Ready for lunch. Yes there is a selfie in the mirror at the back 😉

The only photo I remembered to take of the food, we were talking too much!  This was an onion tart starter and was really tasty. This was followed by a chicken casserole, and pudding was tarte tatin.

One of the pictures on the wall.

Driving home past Montemboeuf church.

Yet another tractor, but on yet another fairly wide stretch of road.



N.B.  Because photos are hard to come by in this weather, posts may well be a bit intermittent and not daily!!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

15/11/2017 Just look at that face :-)

Maximum temperature 8C, minimum 0C.  14 km/h NE winds, 30 km/h gusts. Dry.
 Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)


There are three places he can bath without a pot in the tray but.......

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N.B.  Because photos are hard to come by in this weather, posts may well be a bit intermittent and not daily!!!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

14/11/2017 Trying to catch some autumn colours.

Maximum temperature 5C, minimum -1C.  8km/h NE winds, 18km/h gusts. Dry but still very cold !!
Driving into Chasseneuil...

Heavy pruning going on in the town!

The first and only sign of Christmas seen so far in Leclerc.

The usual tractor obstruction...

but luckily it turned off just as we caught up with it.

Driving back home...

As above. I loved this last mix of colours.



N.B.  Because photos are hard to come by in this weather, posts may well be a bit intermittent and not daily!!!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

13/11/2017 Fun in the bath after the ice was broken!!!

Maximum temperature 5C, minimum -2C.  10km/h NE winds, 22km/h gusts. Dry but very coldl!!
Great tit  (Parus major) 

Great tit and Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) 

Blue tits sharing...

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Sunset


N.B.  Because photos are hard to come by in this weather, posts may well be a bit intermittent and not daily!!!!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

12/11/2017 A catch up on yesterday's memorial sevice and some fun photos of the birds today.

Maximum temperature 14C, minimum 5C.  18km/h NE winds, 54km/h gusts. 1 mm rain measured yesterday and 8mm this morning. Foggy and steady drizzle all day. Dismal!!
Wet roads and Autumn colours.


More autumn colours outside the church.


Waiting for the service to start it was cold and very wet!


The Mairie and the war memorial.


Laying the wreath after the service and one minute's silence,


Drinks and a chat in the Mairie afterwards.


This was followed by a luncheon...


Coquille de la mer, the only food photo that was any good!!
The meal was cooked by the local ladies and was excellent


For my French speaking followers. Sorry too long for me to try and translate!!


Today's sparrows enjoying bathing in the drizzle...


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The first time I have made corn bread inspired by Luna. Not something that is common here, but it appears to be in the USA.


N.B.  Because photos are hard to come by in this weather, posts may well be a bit intermittent and not daily!!!!


Friday, November 10, 2017

10/11/2017 A special birthday lunch.

Maximum temperature 12C, minimum 6C.  9km/h NE winds, 19km/h gusts. 1 mm rain measured.  Foggy all day.
Leaving home at 12pm the mist was swirling in all directions...

making driving not a lot of fun!

Arrival at Domaine Des Etangs...

Nigel and I ready to go and enjoy a fabulous lunch.

The dragonfly emblem is on the door step and all the crockery in the restaurant as well....

Luckily we were sat right by the fire 😊
Nigel with friends Erica and Brian .

Amuse Bouche
Top left radishes, top right foie gras cherries and below mushroom soup.

Starter which we all chose - Braised artichokes, river trout and hazelnuts the other choice was celeriac and black truffle.

Main course - braised leeks with Barbezieux chicken or....

John Dory roasted over charcoal, Parmesan foam and mushrooms.  Nigel and I both had this dish and it was delicious and full of amazing flavours.

The dessert - this was called Earl grey tea and chocolate  but I asked for no Earl Grey (I don't like it!) or

Nigel's choice of Grapefruit iced parfait, but note, he had - "Joyeux anniversaire 70 Ans" written on his plate with a candle to blow out 🍷

Finally a coffee with petit-fours.




For those following the South African holiday Part 8 is now on the web HERE