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

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

June 2018



June was one of the wettest months on record for the Ariege. The fields were were waterlogged and swimming pools overflowing! However the last week of the month saw the return of the hot and sunny summer.
We have been busy with guests as usual, but also enjoyed our first mountain walk for some weeks. We climbed up to the refuge to Ruhle  - a beautiful walk with Spring flowers in abundance. 

We have just returned from a weeks holiday in Corsica - a stunningly beautiful and varied island. We tood many photos as usual, but have just included one or two here in our albums.
The first view above is of our Ariege walk, the second is Corsica, the coastline just south of Calvi

Dave's album


Lesley's album

Saturday, 2 June 2018

May 2018


We enjoyed a short stay in Lisbon at the beginning of the month so several of our photos are of this colourful city.
We also had a good trip back to England for a few days to see the family. We were pleased to meet Lucy and Andy's puppy Nala for the first time!

Back in the Ariege the weather has been quite wet and unsettled but we have been busy with guests and keeping the garden tidy as everything is growing very quickly


Here are our photos for May

Lesley's album

Dave's album

Friday, 4 May 2018

April 2018




Signs of Spring! As in the UK, we had a mini heat wave in April so decided to open the pool, much to the delight of the guests who happened to be staying with us that weekend. It is not normally warm enough until at least the middle of May, but the weather is all over the place at the moment. The warm spell enabled Dave to plant the potatoes and the onions, and me to tidy up the strawberry and raspberry plants. Everything is growing very quickly so lots of mowing, strimming and cutting back is also needed at the moment. 

The beginning of May has brought back the cold and windy weather - hopefully not for long. 

We have just enjoyed a few days in Lisbon with friends from England so that will feature in next months blog.

Here are our albums for April - still a few more snowy ones!!
Dave's album
Lesley's album

Sunday, 1 April 2018

March 2018


More snowy pictures this month! We enjoyed a second week skiing this year, this time in Morillon in the French Alps with Daniel and Jess. 

At home at La Maire the weather is gradually warming up but the ground is very soggy from recent rain, so preparing the vegetable plot for this years planting will be a little delayed

Dave's album

Lesley's album

Thursday, 8 March 2018

February 2018


We have some very snowy photos this month! It was lovely to get a couple of snowy days at La Maire. It is especially beautiful when the sun comes out and the roads stayed clear so we had no trouble getting out and about.
The snow in the mountains has been incredible this winter and we enjoyed a particularly magical walk at Roquefixade.
We were in England for the recent cold snap as well, but now Spring is well and truly on the way.

Here are our snow albums!

Dave's album

Lesley's album