Monday, May 2, 2016

02/05/2016 A drive to Confolens and a walk in the garden.

Maximum temperature 17C, Minimum 1C.  25 km/h NW winds. Dry.
The yellow fields of Rape.

Nigel walking the other way!

Confolens art.

Oops.

Tractors everywhere - cutting edges...

on the roads...

moving something...

and I think this is one of the tractors that they use for working in the grapes

Apple blossom.

The wasps are back!

Oxythea funesta I think, guilty of eating flower buds!

Californian Poppy.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

01/05/2016 As always when I go for a walk too many photos!!!!

Maximum temperature 14C, minimum -1C,   36 km/h chilly NW winds.    Dry.
Clover.

Cowslips, a few still around.

A peaceful spot.

Just popping home for lunch on the tractor.

Bluebells.

Daisies.

Being watched....

See the dam in the distance, I passed that on the way home.

Wood.

Unknown - still!

Cutting grass for hay.

Taking a rest.

Teasel.

Bladder campion.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

30/04/2016 Out and about, with lunch at our favourite Les Routiers.

Maximum temperature 10C, minimum 3C.  47 km/h NW winds. A little hail as we returned home.
First stop was at the dechetterie (dump) to drop of some rubbish that would not recycle.

Then we went to Le Rochefoucauld to do a little shopping and get photos for our updated International driver's licence.  We have French drivers licences, but need them for elsewhere out of the EU.

Grey skies all over.

La Rochefoucauld château over the rooftops.

Fields of rape seen en-route.

Arrival at St Sornin.

Self service hors d'oeuvres starter - my choice.

I then had gigolette de lapin with salad and chips. Very filling!

Nigel had Brandade (salt cod) with chips and peas. Also I gather very filling!

Cheese selection.

Nigel then had Moelleux citron...

and I had Pain Perde with icecream.
Four courses, with wine included, €12.50 each, excellent value.

St Sornin Church and a new War Memorial.

St Sornin Church

Driving home past Marillac-le-Franc church and fountain.

This farmer was obviously stocking up his wood pile, I hope for next year!!!

Friday, April 29, 2016

29/04/2016 The day just disappeared with nothing much to show for it, N did though cut all the lawn edges. A few random emergency shots in the garden..

Maximum temperature  15C, minimum  1C.    20 km/h NW winds. Dry. Frost this morning.
Common lizard.

Bee on the rosemary shrub.

Bluebells.

Camellia.

Greenfinch.

Irises.

Snowball bush, Viburnum opulus. These will double in size and turn white in a week or so.

Wild violets.

Choisya ternata,

Our cabbages are starting to look good enough to eat soon :-)