Tuesday, 3 November 2020

October 2020

 


France is back in lock-down, followed rapidly by the UK! Number of Covid-19 cases have continued to rise rapidly and even the Ariege is seeing many more than in the Spring. However the public seems less accepting than before and the town seemed as busy as a normal day when I went shopping yesterday. Until police patrols are set up again the French (on the whole!) will probably not be very obedient.
I have just been back to England to see the family so timed it well

We had a fair amount of rain in October, interspersed by some lovely sunny days as well. The mountains have looked lovely with the first snow of the season. 

We have been out on our bikes - I have an new electric bike which is perfect for the hills around her. Now Dave is struggling to keep up with me!

We have also enjoyed a few meals with friends, both at home and at some restaurants that we hadn't tried before - all excellent and its been good to make the most of these evenings while we can 

Lesley's album
Dave's album



Friday, 2 October 2020

September 2020



 September has not been the month that we expected at the beginning of the year. Lucy and I were due to fly to Australia for my niece's wedding, but along with many other events this year, it has been postponed until next Summer. Here in France Covid cases are rising, but mostly in the large cities, so life in the Ariege goes on more or less as normal. 

We have had some beautiful weather, right up until this last week ,when it has changed quite dramatically over a few days. The mountains have seen the first snow of the season and we have lit the boiler. We have enjoyed a couple of walks in the mountains on sunny days but were surprised how busy it is everywhere. It seems the French are having local days out rather than travelling further afield for holidays at the moment.

A little owl fell down our chimney a couple of weeks ago and got stuck on a ledge half way down. He couldn't get back up again so Dave removed the cooker hood and tried to coax him down. After 3 days he finally flew down into the kitchen and we were able to let him outside. I was playing my guitar at the time so like to think that encouraged him down!! He seemed none the worse for wear after his ordeal and Dave got a photo of him flying by the pool

Our photos for the month are here...

Dave's album

Lesley's album






Tuesday, 1 September 2020

August 2020

 



August has brought some big blue sky days and it has been very hot at times, as is typical of this time of year. There hasn't been much rain at all so the grass is drying out and the vegetables have needed a fair bit of watering. We are now swamped with ripe tomatoes and cucumbers.

We enjoyed our brief trip back to Bracknell to see the family, then Lucy, Andy and Nala came over to stay for a while. It was good to share their holiday with them!

Here are just a few photos of the past month
Lesley's album
Dave's album





Sunday, 2 August 2020

July 2020


As the weather heats up this Summer, the grass is starting to dry out (and needs less cutting) and the vegetable garden is starting to produce. Cucumbers and tomatoes are doing especially well this year.
Some days have been extremely hot, but the temperature can drop by over 10 degrees from one day to the next, so we have had some cooler weather in between as well, which has been welcome

We have enjoyed several meals with friends which is a real treat since the weeks of confinement and we have also had quite a few guests booking in. Its good to see people are on the move again, but cleaning between guests has to be very thorough.

Dave has broken a little toe (doing DIY !) and has also put his back out this week so is taking it easy. I have been out locally on my bike and had a walk in the mountains with a friend

Our big news this month is that Daniel and Jess have had a little girl, Siena, born on 19th July - so we are grandparents! 

Here are our photos for this month
Lesley's album
Dave's album

Thursday, 2 July 2020


June has seen France more or less opening everything up again, except for anywhere that involves people meeting in large groups. Its good to see some life in the town again and people sitting outside cafes and restaurants in the sun. Mask wearing and social distancing is still required, but some places are adhering to the rules more than others.

We have welcomed our first guests of the year this month, but are only letting the self-catering room for now. Enquiries are coming in quickly though - people seem keen to book last minute holidays now

We have had some warm sunny weather interspersed by a few cooler wetter days, which the garden appreciates.

Dave's album
Lesley's album

Monday, 1 June 2020

May 2020


France is slowly opening up again now. From 11th May we were allowed to venture further than the 1km from home and were able to meet up with friends again. Although we have enjoyed the home confinement in many ways it was good to spend a couple of evenings with friends and to go out walking again. From next week bars and restaurants are opening, but with regulations on social distancing and wearing of masks.
We have opened our calendar for bookings again as well!
We are hoping that the quarantine rule for arrivals in the UK will soon be relaxed as well so we can see the family again

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

Friday, 1 May 2020

April 2020


Hello everyone! We hope that everyone with whom we have not been in touch during the last month is in good health and surviving the weeks of home confinement. 

We have kept busy with the garden, music, painting, local walk and have enjoyed regular 'apero Zoom' chats with friends and family as well. We often see the neighbours for a chat over the fence and of course the farmers continue to work hard. 

The Ariege is still relatively untouched by Covid 19, but on my weekly trips to the supermarket there have been very few people out and about and around 50% of those who are are wearing masks.
France begins its de-confinement plan on 11th May and people are already starting to go out and about a bit more as they are less afraid of catching the virus now and there are less police controls in evidence.
It will be some time yet before everything is back to normal, but it will be good to have the shops open again, to see friends and to walk further afield

The beginning of April was very warm and dry, but the last couple of weeks have brought some rain, which the dry ground needed. The combination of warmth and rain has encouraged everything to grow, including the fruit and vegetables which are getting off to a good start

Here are a few photos of the garden and my daily 1km walk to the village and back
Lesley's photos