Wednesday, September 20, 2017

20/09/2017 More wood cutting and only a few garden shots.

Maximum temperature 20C,  minimum 8C.  7 km/h SE wind with 17 km/h gusts. Dry and quite pleasant :-) 
An unusual positional shot of a Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

As above.

This common wall lizard does not look comfy but it seemed quite happy posing on the edge of the compost bins

The Peacock butterfly looks so dull with closed wings...

Here is is again being bombed by a bee...

After about the sixth bombing the butterfly gave up and moved....

here to give me a beautiful shot. (Aglais io)

There are fairies and elves living in our garden.

Le gendarme beetle on the lavender (Pyrrhocoris apterus).

Rose bud.


Sweet potatoes, carrots (yellow and orange) and tomatoes.  The largest sweet potato weighed in at 1.11 kg (2.3 lbs)!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

19/09/2017 Busy day cutting wood for the fire.

Maximum temperature 18C,  minimum 8C.  5 km/h NW wind with 21 km/h gusts. Dry but dark skies around.
We had a session of cutting this morning and this afternoon, more tomorrow!

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)


Californian Poppy.

Chafer beetle.

Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album)

As above.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) A bit bedraggled.

Autumn colours of the Euonymus

Harvestman. (Opiliones)

Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) I think.

As above doing what a hoverfly does best - hovering.

Monday, September 18, 2017

18/09/2017 The sun was shining and a much warmer day :-)

Maximum temperature 18C,  minimum 8C.  7 km/h SW wind with 24 km/h gusts. 4 mm of rain yesterday and overnight. 
Bumble bee on the lavender. 

A different bumble bee :-)

Bee on the Autumn crocus/daffodil.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)

As above and proof that it is a male.

Common Wall lizard resting on it own tail. (Podarcis muralis).

Mushrooms in the lawn.

Puddle in a fallen leaf.

Butternut in the veggie garden...

and chard.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

17/09/2017 Miserable day, cold, grey and wet. Luckily I took some photos yesterday that I am using today!

Maximum temperature 13C,  minimum 9C.  11 km/h SW wind with 35 km/h gusts. 5 mm of rain overnight. Rain on and off all day, not measured yet.
Blue sky for a short while yesterday morning.  Pampas.

Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

A somewhat bedraggled Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

as above but less bedraggled!

Peacock Butterfly (Aglais io)...

As above, I crept around behind...

and then it kindly opened its wings in full.

I call this our mushroom garden, look carefully can you see two small animals on the top of the 'mushroom'.

This one was closest... Common Wall Lizard...

and this one was on the other side.   They will soon be hibernating until spring.

A one off shot at a Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)

Unknown on the coriander which has gone to flower.

Any mistakes in identification please correct me.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

16/09/2017 All Nigel's photos today

Maximum temperature 16C,  minimum 8C.  5 km/h NW wind with 19 km/h gusts. 3 mm of rain overnight. Rain on and off this afternoon, not measured yet.
A trip to our Saturday morning market - fresh oysters for lunch :-)

The little cafe opposite the market,

Checking the cinema times - we are going to see Dunkirk tonight.

Then a trip up the road to watch a few of the cars in the  the Circuit des Remparts Charente International Rally.
Austin 7 followed by a Bugatti.

Citroen 2CV Van.

Audi R8.

Ford Mustang.

Ford Mustang

Lotus Elan Sprint Coupe.

Lotus Elise.


Morgan 4/4

Porsche 911.

Renault Alpine.

Renault Alpine.

Renault 8 Gordini with an MGA behind.

Simca Ariane.

Triumph TR.

and last but certainly not least a Porsche carrera.