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

Saturday, 1 December 2018

November 2018

November has included two big birthdays, a trip back to England and a weekend in Venice. The Ariege has been beautiful this autumn - lots of sunny days and the trees at their best. The first snow fell on the mountains a week or so ago but is slowly melting away again.
We have been busy as usual, catching up with jobs that we don' have time for in the Summer.
Here are our albums for November

Lesley's album

Dave's album

Saturday, 27 October 2018

October 2018

The warm and sunny weather has continued for much of October, except for the one night a couple of weeks ago when we had some heavy rain. It was nothing like as bad as it was in the Aude though - the excessive rain fall caused a tidal wave (literally!) of destruction. 

We enjoyed a walk up above the little ski resort of Guzet - really beautiful dramatic scenery, and some vulture spotting (see Dave's album)
We are packing up for a drive back to the UK this weekend, so are sending the blog out early

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

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

September 2018

As very often in September, we have enjoyed some lovely warm and sunny weather. Near the beginning of the month we had a short visit to the Dune du Pilat, near Arcachon on the west coast. We camped right by the dune, which was much bigger and more impressive than we had imagined! We also cycled along the kilometers of cycle paths along the coast to Cap Ferret which is so well known for its oysters - we enjoyed a rose wine and oyster lunch before cycling back to the car, with a stop off at the beach on the way. 

We then enjoyed a few days in England with the family before friends from Maidenhead came to stay for a few days. The weather was great and we all enjoyed walking on the Plateau de Beille and visiting the cave at Mas d'Azil.

Finally, on the last day of the month, we did a beautiful and scenic circular walk at the Port de Saleix

Plenty of photos in our albums this month!
Dave's album
Lesley's album

Saturday, 1 September 2018

August 2018

August has been a busy month with lots of guests and lots of hot and sunny weather. 
We don'y have many photos this month so have put them together in this joint album.
Dave's are the first 5!

Our album for August

Friday, 3 August 2018

July 2018

As in the rest of Europe, July has been very hot....and its getting hotter!
We have just very much enjoyed the family staying here with us for a couple of weeks. During their stay the Tour de France went past the village again for the 3rd time since we have lived here - great fun as always.
The village fete took place as well - we joined them for the Sunday memorial service and aperitifs.
There was also a 'Country' festival on in Pamiers which we went to watch - Lucy joined in a couple of the dances on a hot afternoon!

We also hosted a summer party in the garden - our musician friends provided some very welcome entertainment!

Here are our few photos from the month
Lesley's album
Dave's album