Saturday, April 29, 2017

29/04/2017 A trip trip to the local market this morning and a few photos in the garden.

Maximum temperature 18C, minimum 1C. 14 kmh SE wind. Cloud and sun. Dry.
Our local Saturday morning market....

Fresh oysters on the right where I was heading.

Just out of town they are building a new factory, I hope it does not look too out of place...

Factory and storage for palettes.

Bee and look at that pollen sac...

as above on the Red robin.

Bumble bee on the sage.

Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Robber fly on the Red robin.

Common lizard trying to catch a bit of sun.

The peonies are opening.

Just for the record - the top patch is now covered with turf from the new veggie garden so we (Nigel!)can get to work on the garden,

Friday, April 28, 2017

28/04/2017 A few photos from the garden.

Maximum temperature 14C, minimum -1C. 13 kmh N wind. Overcast with some sun. Dry.
The garden is not happy after the cold spell.  The grapes are decidedly the worse for wear, also the potatoes that were just coming through, luckily we planted the latter late so they will recover.  Even the new shoots on the laurel hedge are badly burnt.
Not good for the vineyards and the coming wine making season!!
Small copper (Lycaena phlaeas).

As above.

Hover fly (I think.)

Peony plus ant.

Dog rose.

Crane fly.

First picking of broad beans, thankfully they do not mind the cold!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

27/04/2017 If you do not like cars and particularly Porsche, you may find this post boring!!

Maximum temperature 12C, minimum -2C.  12 kmh N wind, 15 km/h gusts.  Overcast with some sun, rain around but we mostly missed it, chilly wind.  Ice on the birdbath this morning!  1mm rain measured. 
Driving through the Charente forests...

Looking across fields of winter wheat...

 into the department of Vienne and the town of Pressac...

down twisty lanes...

and we arrived at the Circuit Val de Vienne.

The cars were on the Optic 2000 rally from Paris to Biarritz, this was one of the places where they stopped to take a drive around the track.
Porsche 911 2 litre 1965

Porsche 911 2 litre 1965

Porsche 904 GTS 1963

Porsche 356 Pre A 1954

Jaguar XK 120 1952

Jaguar Type E 3.8 litre 1962.

Ferrari 246 Dino.

DB HBR5 1957
If like me you have never heard of this car follow this link Deutsch and Bonnet's (DB)

Driving home we stopped to take a look at Viaduct de la Sonnette at Grand Madieu which was built 1902 - 1905.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

26/04/2017 A few rushed photos when the the rain stopped.

Maximum temperature 9C, minimum 0C.  15 kmh NE wind, 29 km/h gusts.  Overcast, cold and light rain.  2mm rain measured this morning.
Rain drops!

Chafer beetle and spot the spider :)

Bearded Iris.

Snowball bush.

Climbing rose.

As above.

Too cold, the peonies have not opened anymore!

Tonight's sunset.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

25/04/2017 More of the same!

Maximum temperature 16C, minimum 3C.  23 kmh NE wind, 34 km/h gusts.  Overcast and light rain.
Cherries.

Crane fly

Dog rose.

The longhorn beetle is still around despite the cooling weather....
 Cerambyx cerdo, commonly known as the great capricorn beetle - Thanks Noushka.

As above.

Peonies will be open very soon.  Note the small bug on the left!

Bluebells are starting to go over but will be around for a few more days.

For the record - New veggie garden at the back and moving some of the turf to a spot closer that Nigel has dug out as it was full of weed.

The new small garden will be next to the green house, not fenced, so we can plant nothing here that the rabbits might fancy!