Monday, 30 September 2019

September 2019

September has remained for the most part warm and sunny, especially over the last few days when the temperature has reached 30 deg. The pool has still been inviting despite the water temperature having dropped to 20 deg. 
We enjoyed Dad and Auntie Linda's visit at the beginning of the month and appreciated the opportunity to re-visit some of the nearby towns and villages as well as lingering over coffee at the  several markets. We went to Pamiers, Foix and Mirepoix, as well as The village of Sabarat and the impressive cave at Mas d'Azil which we never tire of visiting.

In the middle of the month we enjoyed a few interesting days away, visiting the Pic du Midi and the Col the Tourmalet before continuing on into Spain and the Ordesa National Park which is known for its incredible gorges.
Here are our albums for September

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

August 2019

A busy but enjoyable month - lots more hot and sunny weather, guests, dinners with friends and generally keeping on top of things in the house and garden.
Here are our albums for August

Lesley's album

Dave's album

Thursday, 1 August 2019

July 2019

We have been busy with guests for most of July, but had luckily allowed ourselves a few days off when the second heatwave of the Summer arrived. We love the heat of summer, but 40 degrees is a bit too much!! It doesn't prevent the farmers from working though, and the wheat harvest is all done.

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

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