Saturday, 27 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
Wednesday, 3 October 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!
Saturday, 1 September 2018
Friday, 3 August 2018
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
Tuesday, 3 July 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
Saturday, 2 June 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
Friday, 4 May 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!!