Wednesday, 3 July 2019

June 2019




Last week saw the highest temperature that we have recorded at La Maire - 40.9 deg C. We luckily didn't have it as hot as some parts of France. We love the sun and the warmth but that was a bit extreme! Temperatures are more back to normal now. We have Lucy and Andy staying with us for a couple of weeks with Nala so we are enjoying a bit of a holiday ourselves as well.

The strawberry crop has been excellent this year but other crops are taking a while to get going. We have covered the vegetable patch with mulch as much as possible as that does help to keep in the moisture and prevent the weeds.

Dave has bought a rigid kayak for fishing on the lakes here. No fish on the first exploratory outing - but Dave is confident that it won't be long before we have fish for dinner!

Lesley's photos

Dave's photos


Sunday, 2 June 2019

May 2019



We have had a couple of trips back to the UK this month (my first 2 photos are of Cheltenham) and have also been busy in the garden. The weather this year is so far more favourable than last year for the vegetable patch. The strawberries are doing well and producing a lot of fruit and Dave has planted most of the seeds and plants - not we just need to make sure they get enough water and sun (but not too much!) and keep them weed free. Weeds always seem to grow whatever the conditions!!

Dad came over to stay with us for a week so we took the opportunity to visit some of our favourite places with him, such at Mas d'Azil town and cave, (above top) and Mirepoix market (above below), and also the Prat Dd'Albis above Foix, which is a lovely drive with great views at the top.

Here are our albums for May
Dave's album
Lesley's album

Thursday, 2 May 2019

April 2019



At the beginning of April we enjoyed a weekend in Dublin with June and Jim - our first ever visit to Ireland!  During the rest of the month we have been busy with guests and the garden.
Our photos are mostly of Dublin, but there are also a few of the garden here at this lovely time of year.
Dave's album
Lesley's album

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

March 2019



Our albums this month are dominated by photos of our family holiday in Devon - not the best time of year for sunbathing or swimming, but perfect for empty beaches and walking!

Spring is arriving at La Maire and everything is coming into bloom. Dave has strimmed and rotavated the vegetable patch so all is ready for planting. Its been a very dry month so the ground is quite hard.

We also had another successful music evening evening here, which was very much enjoyed by everyone. Dave and I were brave enough to perform4 songs this time - sorry, no videos!!
Here are our albums for the month

Dave's album
Lesley's album

Saturday, 2 March 2019

February 2019


Above are some local sheep enjoying the February sunshine. We have not had any snow here at La Maire this year - not yet anyway!! The mountains enjoyed a good fall of snow at the end of January so we have been able to have one snow shoe walk, but the last couple of weeks have been unseasonably sunny and warm, like Britain, so the snow is melting very quickly.

We enjoyed a week back in England for Lucy's birthday and since being home, have been busy tidying up the garden. Everything is starting to grow!!

Here are just a few photos of the month


Saturday, 2 February 2019

January 2019



We have just returned from a few days skiing in Andorra. We timed it well as the much awaited snow fell during the night after our arrival, so we were able to enjoy several days of fresh snow, despite cold temperatures. We haven't had any snow at home (yet!) this year, but January has been quite cold and wet.
We also enjoyed a mountain walk in the sunshine - no snowshoes required just yet!

Bookings for the B&B are starting to come in the for the summer and we are keeping busy with mostly indoor activities - and social events!

Here are our albums for January

Lesley's album
Dave's album

Thursday, 3 January 2019

December 2019



A very Happy New Year to all our blog followers
We are now back at La Maire after spending an enjoyable Christmas in England with the family. As usual in December, we drove back and were fortunate enough to have good weather for the journey. We just had a 50 minute hold-up at Rouen where the 'gilet jaune' protesters had taken control of a roundabout and were only letting the traffic filter through slowly. The drive back home on Friday was good. 
Its turned cold here in the Ariege and our boiler has broken down for the second time this winter so we are keeping warm with electric heaters and hot water bottles until the replacement part arrives.
There is not much sign of snow here yet this winter and the ski resorts have barely opened. Even Andorra is relying on snow cannon to keep the slopes open, so not a good start to the winter sports season!
We have had some bright sunny days and often a foggy morning, which is quite typical of the winter here.
We just have these two photos above of St Victor Rouzaud to share with you this month.
There will be more to follow next month

Best wishes
Lesley and Dave