Sunday, May 7, 2017

07/05/2017 Out for a delicious lunch and a few random photos taken from the car.

Maximum temperature 17C, minimum 9C.  15 kmh NW wind 25 km/h gusts.   2mm rain measured.
Driving through Vitrac....

under the watchful eye of this donkey.

The Mairie at Cherve Chatelars, voting taking place today.

Young maize after the rains.

Look carefully; a hoopoe on the right side of the road

Ann, the whirlwind in the kitchen producing  a brilliant 4 course meal.  Thanks Ann it was superb.

Back home and the setting sun...

and a little further to the left of the above shot.

19 comments:

  1. All wonderful photos but the donkey was my fav, what a cutie!!!

    I hope your week is off to a great start, hugs, G :-)

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    1. Thanks Geraldine for the comment, that donkey is always around that spot and id generally very noisy!! Hope you also have a good week. Diane

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  2. Diane, I love the walks and drives you take, and I actually picture myself walking there! I love seeing the buildings, the stores, the animals and nature you share. Your sunset photos are a perfect ending to this post. Absolutely stunning!

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    1. Linda it would be good if you could join me on a walk though I have not done much lately. The weather has not been very good and I have had a 'come and go' pain at the back of my knee which has slowed me up a bit. Have a great week. Diane

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  3. Congratulations on a convincing victory for Macron. We are all heaving a sigh of relief. Vive La France.

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    1. We are also happy with the result though not sure either are the best, only 63% voting is not that good. Think a lot did not vote as they did not like either. Hopefully an improvement though on Hollande. Have a good week Diane

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    2. It is very sad that so few people vote. It happens on this side of the Atlantic too. That fact certainly helped that idiot Trump to get elected.

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  4. This is a great series of photos Diane. Thank you! I love the cute little donkey. The little bird is extraordinary. Is it an Egyptian Hoopoe bird? I have only seen photos of them.

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    1. Denise, Hoopoes (Upupa epops) are widespread in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. Most European and north Asian birds migrate to the tropics in winter. In contrast, the African populations are sedentary all year. I think the name comes from an Egyptian word.
      It is a colourful bird notable for its distinctive "crown" of feathers and black and white striped wings and tail. They have a very distinctive call. Hoop-hoop-hoop.
      I have know the bird all my life living in Africa, I forgot others would not know it. Have a good week Diane

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  5. Cool tour. Is a hooepoe a bird? Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Pam, yes definitley a bird and if you look at my answer to Denise you can read a bit about it. I don't want to repeat myself. Hope you have a good week Diane

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  6. A hoopoe was a bird I always wanted to see - and finally saw my first in (of all places!) a hotel car park in Oman!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Having been brought up with them all around me, I did not think that some people would not know them. Glad you have seen one. Cheers Diane

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  7. Great photos from your drive. Hello to the cute donkey! Beautiful sunset!

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I nearly missed the sunset, I just changed rooms at the right moment! Diane

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  8. Wow Diane I did look like a whirlwind !! It was a pleasure lovely company, great afternoon. Thank you again, glad you enjoyed. x

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    1. LOL I did not realise you were moving so fast when I took the photo. It was a lovely day and certainly when you return we must make a plan for here. Take care Diane xx

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  9. Didn't realize you have hoopoe. Saw them in SA. Gorgeous sunset!

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    1. Hoopoe are common visitors here in spring and summer where they breed. We have a pair around here that we hear day in and day out, but not sure where their nest is. We do get some good sunsets at this time of the year. Diane

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