Monday, April 6, 2020

06/04/2020 Went for a walk yesterday within our new restricted 1 km radius.

Maximum temperature here today 15C, minimum 9C. Rain but not measured as yet.  23km/h South-easterly fairly cold wind with gusts up to 56 km/h. 

6kms walked just slightly outside the allowed 1 hour!!

Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria)...

As above...

As above.

Sheild Bug (Coreus marginatus).

Wasp, possibly a Social wasp.

Common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis).

Black-veined white butterfly, (Aporia crataegi),..

As above...

As above.


Farm land ready for planting.

Winter Wheat.

Our house is at the back of these trees.

The lambs are growing.

Calves taking a nap.

The neighbours chicken.

A rare sight these days, the sky used to be full of vapour trails!

My favourite photos of the day, a two-prong Roe deer not taking much notice of me...

Guess that the lack of people and cars around is bringing the wildlife back to our community. ūüėä

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

02/04/2020 Just an update around the house and the garden.

Maximum temperature here today 16C, minimum 4C. Dry.  13km/h North-easterly fairly cold wind with gusts up to 28 km/h.  

Carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea or Xylocopa valga)

Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus).

as above.

White 'Blue' bells.  Albino Spanish bells.

Ginkgo Biloba shoots.

The final stages of the Christmas Pointsettia.

Tulips at the end of their time; bought almost 4 weeks ago.

Bumble bee on the cherry blossom.

As above; I just liked the position of this shot!

Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis)

As above - Love is in the air!

Cherry blossom in the garden and a Red Robin shrub.

Heating oil delivery...

As above. 1200 litres delivered and not quite full.

Last but not least - I have been busy in the kitchen.  The cornuelle is a flat cake a dozen centimetres wide. It forms an isosceles triangle whose centre is pierced with a hole and whose edges are generally ribbed. (Mine aren't as I do not have the right cutter.) This triangle, therefore, has three horns, which probably give its name to the cake.
The cornuelle is consumed traditionally around Palm Sunday (5 April this year), generally fifteen days before and fifteen days after.   In the South West of France, this festival is traditionally associated with the blessing of Palm Sunday. The hole in the centre of the cake allowed a sprig of blessed boxwood to slide in and the cornuelles were often sold at the entrance to the church. They can only be found today in pastry shops or in supermarkets. (Or in our house ūüėä  )  Recipe see Here

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

26/03/2020 Playing with frames again.

Maximum temperature here today 12C, minimum 0C. Dry.  Frost this morning, ice on the birdbath.   16km/h North-easterly icy cold wind with gusts up to 39 km/h.  

Think this might be Hawksbeard but not sure which one.

Seen out walking and unknown.


Grape Hyacinth Blue (Muscari armeniacum). Plus a weed!

Cowslip (Primula veris).

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa).

Bay tree (Laurus nobilis).

Cherry tree blossom.

Poppies, and yes the bulbs came from Amsterdam.

Mirabelle plum blossom, also known as mirabelle prune or cherry plum (Prunus domestica subsp. syriaca) plus a bee.

More poppies.

Mirabelle plum blossom and bee.

The kale in the veggie garden going to seed.

An orange poppy, bulbs also from Amsterdam.


Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis Muralis).

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Monday, March 23, 2020

23/03/2020 The rest of the photos from the last walk.

Maximum temperature here today 19C, minimum 9C. Dry.  Frosts forecast for later this week and all our fruit trees are in blossom!!   14km/h South-easterly wind with gusts up to 34 km/h.  

Apologies for the delay in posting this, the sun has been shining and we have both been working in the garden.  Time has been limited at the computer, especially as I have also been inventing meals with what we have available.  We have not been out now for 10 days but will try to get a few necessary items from the supermarket tomorrow, not forgetting to carry our travel permit with us or we could be heavily fined!!

Walkers on the railway line.  Good job this part of the track has been closed for a while!


Under observation.

What I think is Hawks-beard (Crepis tectorum) with a bumblebee.

Now I wonder who lives here.

Wondering if this giant snail is a deterrent to the smaller ones!

Squirrels on gateposts.

Fast-flowing ditches. 

Reflections in a dam.

  Le Logis de Saint Vincent. Logis (lojh-ee) means "home" or "dwelling" in French. Whilst these walls now enclose the premises of a company whose business is concerned with drainage equipment, we do know that in the 1940's, the large multi-storey complex was used as a type of orphanage. This may have been the original purpose of the building, as it was clearly built much more than a century ago.   The only reason we know it was an orphanage, is because one of the child occupants who now lives in the USA contacted me when he saw a previous post of mine. Interesting to say the least of it

Derelict a little further up the road.  This was a thriving farmhouse in the 40's, the orphan that contacted me re the above, said he was often brought up here when the adults were all playing belote - a French card game.

Returning back home this was the sunset that appeared in the evening.

Back home in the garden the tulips are blooming...

and the few days of sunshine has seen the return of the Common Wall Lizards.

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