Monday, November 20, 2017

20/11/2017 Hibernating for a few weeks with maybe on odd lapse.

Maximum temperature 12C, minimum 5C. 8 km/h SE winds, 14 km/h gusts. Dry.

A random selection of photos from the last twelve months
December 2016 - Hellebore

January 2017 - Early lambs.

February 2017 - A trip to South Africa. 
(Probably a very old elephant who has had many fights along the way, note the broken tusks)

March 2017 - Blue tit on the window sill.

April 2017 - Cowslips.

May 2017 - Hummingbird hawk moth.

June 2017 - Californian poppy and hoverflies.

July 2017 - Bees on the lavender.

August 2017 - Scarce Swallowtail caterpillar.

September 2017 - Common blue butterfly

October 2017 - Sunset in the Charente.

November 2017 - Kissing sparrows.

Happy holidays
I would like to wish all my followers who celebrate Christmas the very 
best over the holidays!


I am going into a sort of blog hibernation until well into the New Year. We are off to see friends in Nevis for two weeks, then we will have a quiet Christmas in the UK with my FIL.  Meanwhile I will try post the odd photo when possible. 


Take care everyone; see you all after the holidays.

For those following our South African holiday the last part of the travels can be found  HERE

Sunday, November 19, 2017

19/11/2017 A few shots from the garden and house.

Maximum temperature 9C, minimum 1C.  5 km/h NW winds, 16 km/h gusts. Dry.
Sorry, I am far behind with everything.  I seem to have caught a bug which I hope clears up very quickly as we are due for a very long drive on Friday, but more of that in another post.  My head feels like it is full of cotton wool (more than usual)!!
A lone hoverfly out on the one and only dandelion around...

As above.

Hydrangea protected from frost against the wall.

Lawn daisy.

Viola.

Zimbabwean carved giraffe.

The three paintings you see now are hanging in our house. Sorry photos taken at an angle because of light reflections....

Think this is possibly my favourite but I love them all...

They are all by the South African artist Edmund Barton.  To see more of his wild life paintings which are for sale see HERE.   
Note: I have not been asked to advertise his name but his paintings are well worth looking at.

Friday, November 17, 2017

17/11/2017 Out to lunch with friends yesterday.

Maximum temperature 9C, minimum 2C.  16 km/h NE winds, 33 km/h gusts. Dry.
The French in Charente are really good each year at cleaning out the roadside ditches.

A farm tractor but the road was wide enough for us both.

Arriving at Roussines.

Ready for lunch. Yes there is a selfie in the mirror at the back 😉

The only photo I remembered to take of the food, we were talking too much!  This was an onion tart starter and was really tasty. This was followed by a chicken casserole, and pudding was tarte tatin.

One of the pictures on the wall.

Driving home past Montemboeuf church.

Yet another tractor, but on yet another fairly wide stretch of road.



N.B.  Because photos are hard to come by in this weather, posts may well be a bit intermittent and not daily!!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

15/11/2017 Just look at that face :-)

Maximum temperature 8C, minimum 0C.  14 km/h NE winds, 30 km/h gusts. Dry.
 Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)


There are three places he can bath without a pot in the tray but.......

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N.B.  Because photos are hard to come by in this weather, posts may well be a bit intermittent and not daily!!!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

14/11/2017 Trying to catch some autumn colours.

Maximum temperature 5C, minimum -1C.  8km/h NE winds, 18km/h gusts. Dry but still very cold !!
Driving into Chasseneuil...

Heavy pruning going on in the town!

The first and only sign of Christmas seen so far in Leclerc.

The usual tractor obstruction...

but luckily it turned off just as we caught up with it.

Driving back home...

As above. I loved this last mix of colours.



N.B.  Because photos are hard to come by in this weather, posts may well be a bit intermittent and not daily!!!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

13/11/2017 Fun in the bath after the ice was broken!!!

Maximum temperature 5C, minimum -2C.  10km/h NE winds, 22km/h gusts. Dry but very coldl!!
Great tit  (Parus major) 

Great tit and Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) 

Blue tits sharing...

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Sunset


N.B.  Because photos are hard to come by in this weather, posts may well be a bit intermittent and not daily!!!!