Monday, June 26, 2017

26/06/2017 Around the garden.

Maximum temperature 28C  minimum 14C.  15 km/h NE winds. Rain forecast....Still waiting.
Thirsty bees....

and wasp...

and an even bigger wasp!

Courgettes (zucchini).

Mirabelle plums.

Lavender.

Rose.

Hydrangea.

Fly.

Shield bugs are everywhere and guess we are going to have even more!

Soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva).

A lot of feathers in the garden, guess the neighbours cat has been back :-((

Sunday, June 25, 2017

25/06/2017 Saturday's drive today as catching up and nothing much happening today!!

Maximum temperature 26C  minimum 11C.  9 km/h NW winds. Dry.

 We had a planned route to go to Busserolles, a small town in the Dordogne, but due to a deviation that totally put us out, we went through many places that we have never been to before.  Sadly I took no photos on the drive as I was getting too much reflection off the windscreen.  We did though finally end up in Busserolles and here are some of the photos I took there.
Our first stop on arrival was to have a drink at the pub/restaurant, very friendly owner fluent in French, Dutch and English....

Here is the well in the centre of town after which the pub is named - bombed by a friendly mastiff :-).

Loved some of the signs in the pub...

as above...

as above...

This painting is on another wall in the pub, of the town....

as above only a bit closer in the photo...

Unusual downstairs door into the 12th century church  Saint-Martial...

Inside...

as above...

and looking up. The Church was registered as an historic monument 
18 December 1958. 

I loved this old house and was fascinated by the chimney decoration...

and the doorway.

Farmers everywhere were working hard in the fields before next weeks promised rain which we need so badly.  Nigel stopped for me to take this photo so no reflection!

I hope to do a full post on Busserolles on My Life in the Charente 2 very soon.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

24/06/2017 The remainder of yesterday's shopping spree..........

Maximum temperature 25C  minimum 11C.  13 km/h NW winds with 19 km/h gusts, Dry.
Following on from yesterday our next stop was here....

An excellent butcher plus a choice of pre-packed meats...

Dried fruit, nuts, olives etc and sadly I did not take a photo of the fabulous supply of fresh vegetables!

Leaving Soyaux we headed towards Angouleme in the distance...

I was fascinated by this old building as we drove past (apologies for the reflection from the windscreen at the bottom....

I was even more interested when we got home and I realised it was once the premises of Massey Ferguson, which I had not noticed as we drove past.

Arriving at St Cybard, Angouleme we parked the car and walked past this huge crane, wonder what it is doing!

Our next planned stop was our favourite restaurant of Chez Doud for lunch.

It was quite empty when we arrived a few minutes after 12 o clock, but within 15 minutes both inside and outside was packed.

The owner who is the life and soul of the restaurant.  He is bubbly with a great sense of humour and without him the restaurant would be very lost. 

One of the small tables outside if you are only stopping for a drink.  Someone left their tray behind!

Walking back to the car we passed an avenue of Albizia julibrissin, 

better known as Silk Tree, Mimosa Tree, Pink Siris or Persian Silk Tree.

Driving past La Rochefoucauld on the way back home.

Friday, June 23, 2017

23/06/2017 Out shopping...... much cooler.

Maximum temperature 25C  minimum 16C.  14 km/h NW wind,  Cloud cover but dry.
First stop Chasseneuil to get a few things...

Then off to Soyaux, We were stuck at roadworks for a while so I took a photo of Le p'tit Bistro which was next to us.  The menu looked good and not expensive.

This was our first port of call.  Getting Thai food is not easy around us, but this is the perfect place to shop...

The owner was happy for me to take photos and here he is with Nigel...

A great selection of herbs and spices...

Everything we wanted and more...

Some of the frozen food looked good but we did not buy any...

So much choice.  We left very happy.

Going back through the road works and waiting again, the Bar des Amis took our attention mainly because....

of the bike in the doorway.

This was an unplanned shopping place but it was next to the one we were going to - I am easily distracted....

Not sure why the car, but it was great for decoration...

Every cookery gadget you could think of plus other items....

The other side of the car.   
We bought a ricer which is something I have wanted for ages and some more cognac glasses.

The rest of the expedition will follow tomorrow.  I am tired from lack of sleep, possibly because it has been so hot at night and concentration is not at its best!!!
Have a great weekend.