Tuesday, July 14, 2020

14/07/2020 Bastille Day, but no major celebrations this year thanks to COVID.

Maximum temperature here today 26⁰C, minimum 13⁰C. Dry.  13km/h North-Westerly winds with gusts up to 32 km/h.


The French national holiday of Bastille Day—celebrated each year on July 14, or le quatorze juillet—normally there would be fireworks and a large military parade for some, but for most, it still marks the anniversary of the storming of a grand fortress that was infamous for holding political prisoners, during the first moments of the French Revolution in Paris in 1789. Further information here if you should be interested.

As I leave home and walk down the road, the first thing to greet me is acres and acres of sunflowers,
they are just beautiful at this time of the year.

On the other side is a collection of wildflowers including poppies.

Further on looking through the forest.

At the end of our road where I do a left and a right turn next to another farm.

Quite a big herd of cattle out...

and on the other side, this family of 3 were in a separate field. The calf decided to lie down just as I took the photo!!

The dam opposite a private chateau which was surprisingly quiet.  No insects and very few birds !

Further on this guy was in a huge hurry but I managed one reasonable shot as it rushed by
European Field Cricket (Gryllus campestris).

Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria).

Seven spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

Longhorn Beetle (Stictoleptura cordigera).

Beetle (Oedemera noblis).

Yellow 22 spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata) often shortened to (Psyllobora 22-punctata).

Bees in tandem.

Little owl (Athene noctua) more photos on the bird blog.
The closest I have ever seen either of them.


My local list of wildflowers. (85 Species 06/07/2020)

See also my


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

08/07/2020 Just a few photos in the garden, at the beginning of July....

Maximum temperature here today 30⁰C, minimum 15⁰C. Dry.  14km/h North-Westerly winds with gusts up to 31 km/h.

I will eventually catch up with myself I hope.  I have lots of photos from this month but I am just short of time to spend on the computer.  
Bumblebee possibly (Bombus soroeensis soroeensis).

Harvestmen (Arthropoda, Arachnida, Opiliones) I guess one is a Harvestman!!!


Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis Muralis).

Thirsty bees.

Small White (Pieris rapae).

Bumblebee in the agapanthus...

As above.

Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum).

Acorns from our oak tree.  Love the tree, but wow this time of the year there are a lot of tiny oaks from last years acorns!!!

Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis Muralis).



My local list of wildflowers. (85 Species 06/07/2020)

See also my


Monday, June 29, 2020

29/06/2020 Out walking and in the garden.

Maximum temperature here today 21⁰C, minimum 14⁰C. Dry.  15km/h North-Westerly winds with gusts up to 31 km/h.

My apologies for not keeping up with my blogs or yours but we just seem to be extra busy!!!

Looking through the forest.

The track where I was walking.

A hoverfly.

Somebody's insect hotel.

I walked down to the closest dam in the hopes that I might see something of interest.  Not a bird or an insect in sight.  Well, there were some water skimmers on the water but!!!

Back home a rainbow, look closely and you can see the second one.

Plane number F-HCG0 flying over the garden.

The vegetable garden.

Too big for lizard's lunch I suspect but they seemed to be aware of each other.
Hornet (Vespa crabro) and Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis Muralis).

Small stallion seen on a farm on another walk.  He posed perfectly for me!

Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).  A protected species and they can range from Red to almost black.

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea).

As above.

Peacock butterfly (Aglais io).

Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria)

Wall brown (Lasiommata megera).


My local list of wildflowers. (82 Species 25/06/2020)

See also my

Thursday, June 18, 2020

18/06/2020 A few flowers over the last few days mostly from home.

Maximum temperature here today 17⁰C, minimum 11⁰C. Rain measured this morning 11 mm. 15km/h South-Westerly winds with gusts up to 42 km/h.

Orchid in the house.

Poinsettia in the house, still holding on since Christmas and it has new shoots.

Rose from our garden...

and a few days later.  Wish I could add the perfume.

Potato flower - our garden and an unknown bug.

The start of grapes - our garden.

Hydrangea - our garden.

Violas - our garden.

A neighbour's clematis.

A neighbour's honeysuckle.

A dahlia from down the road.


My local list of wildflowers. (69 Species 18/06/2020)

See also my