Monday, November 19, 2018

18/11/2018 A lunch and a drive last Friday - I am a bit behind myself!

Maximum temperature today 5C, minimum 1C.  Dry; 22km/h North-easterly winds gusting up to 47 km/h.  Very cold and our first frost this season.
It is going to be colder tomorrow!!
  
I love these forest areas with the autumn colours...

but sadly some areas are spoilt by the wind turbines!

Driving through Vadelle.

Arriving at Marcillac-Lanville, this is one of the pilgrim routes and the cutouts are here to remind us.

Inside the restaurant, Les Nymphéas...

I was quite taken by the African screen.

Onion soup for starters.  They brought a bowl to the table to help ourselves and it was so good we both had two helpings.

I forgot to take a photo of the second course which was chopped ham, salad and feta.  This was the main course of fish and it was delicious.

We had three slices of different cheeses and French bread,  before finishing off with a coffee eclair (my choice from a selection) and espresso coffee.
All served with a decanter of wine for €14 each. Great value.

Driving home we saw this house covered in Virginia creeper.  Wonder how many insects live in there!

Back home today; probably the last of the flowers with the weather change - Calendula...

Cosmos...

As above...

As above...

Climbing rose.

A visit from the European robin (Erithacus rubecula) early this morning.


I have updated my bird blog HERE.

27 comments:

  1. Such great variety in this post, Diane. I love that screen too.

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    1. I would have happily walked out of the restaurant with it but they may not have been impressed!! Have a good day Diane

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  2. My word that is great value. I am amazed you had room for dessert. Now you will have to walk another 8km!

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    1. I always have room for dessert!! Minus temperatures here today I won't be walking anywhere!!! We are out to lunch again tomorrow with friends, salads at home for the next week! Cheers Diane

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  3. I love when you and Nigel go to lunch, and share photo's. The food looks quite good, especially the fish. Fish and shrimp are probably my most favorite!

    You still can enjoy the flowers right now; I'm not seeing any here anymore. But, it is cooler now.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Diane, if I don't see you here until then.

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Sally, we do not celebrate thanksgiving, I think it is mainly an American 'thing' but I appreciate the thought and hope that you have a good thanksgiving. Take care Diane

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  4. Oh my that fish looks scrumptious and, yes, I have my eye on that coffee eclair. :-)

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    1. It was an excellent meal and great value. Cheers Diane

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  5. Another delightful series of photos. The European Robin will always be a favorite of mine. Enjoy your week Diane :)

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    1. I also love the robin, the European robin is the best, as much as I loved the South African one it was not the same!
      Happy week Diane

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  6. That must be a delicious lunch. Love what you had including the coffee! Nice restaurant, beautiful flowers and pretty robin.

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I hope all is well with you. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week. Diane

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  7. Looks like fall has arrived. Lunch looks wonderful.

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    1. It was a good day out and surprisingly warm, not so today at -2C! Enjoy the rest of the week Diane

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  8. That first photo really reminds me of childhood walks in the Fall near the family home except I was on a path in the woods not a highway. How I loved those walks. The love for Fall and Fall foliage has stayed with me all these years. I also love the interior of the restaurant you showed. I really do love French country style. I also love the food you are showing. My I can almost taste it through your photos. And, as always, the little birds and garden scenes are wonderful. Have a terrific week ahead, Diane.

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    1. Thanks Penny for the comment and yes I also love trees and forests, thankfully here so long as the hunters are not out it is safe to walk around in the wooded areas, I would not do in in the UK! Neither would I walk out at night on my own there but I feel safe here. Hope the rest of the week is good for you. Keep well Diane

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  9. It must be magical to drive on that road, surrounded by the trees with the colorful leaves. And the photo is wonderful. I also like the look of your restaurant :-) I hope you are enjoying this month of November, dear Diane, it goes by too quickly.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. November is OK, it is the following 4 months that I hate, I will never get used to the cold, I lived in Africa for far too long!! Keep well and enjoy the rest of the week. Diane

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  10. Love your fall colors...would have really LOVED if ours had lasted more then a few days. But rain seems to take care of that. Surprised you still have such pretty blooms on your flowers. Food looks YUMMY....but it always does.

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    1. The lovely blooms are pretty much gone now, though the choisya ternata seems to be surviving the frost. Most of our leaves just dropped with the heavy frost Wednesday and I went out with the mower yesterday afteroon and picked them all up - compost for next year 😊 Take care Diane

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  11. You do have some fabulous lunches Diane, especially the fish and the eclair here.. oh yes and the cheeses ☺ really enjoy these trips with you. J'adore the sweet little robin, they are synonymous with Christmas images aren't they ✨

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    1. In England we used to have the robin around all year but here it only seems to visit in winter. Definitely a Christmas bird in our garden. Of course most Christmas cards seen to have them on as well 😉 Take care and enjoy your weekend, Diane

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  12. What a lovely meal you had!
    Onion soup use to be my special recipe when I was running my B&B!
    You still have those beautiful flowers in your garden?
    Warm hugs Diane and enjoy the new week :)

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    1. Happy to see you back online, so frustration with no interent!! Keep warm and dry, hugs Diane

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  13. Lovely flower photos and the robin. The food looks delicious and I'm waiting to be told dinner is ready (Bill is the cook in this house)

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    1. Despite N taking a couple of cookery courses I only get cooked for very rarely! Painful feet for him are also a problem though and standing in the kitchen is not good! Take care t'other Diane

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  14. The Autumn tones do certainly look nice.

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