Friday, 3 January 2020

December 2019

We made the most of a few sunny and bright days this month to enjoy the clear winter air. The mountain views are often at their best at this time of year. 
We have just returned from an enjoyable Christmas break with the family in England.
Very best wishes to all our blog readers from a good 2020

Happy New Year everyone!

Here are a few photos from DecemberLesley's album

Sunday, 1 December 2019

November 2019

November has seen the first snow of the Winter up on the mountains. The ski resorts haven't opened yet, but we enjoyed a drive up to the Plateau de Beille to have a stroll in the fresh snow.

Its hard to believe, but we collected the keys to La Maire exactly 10 years ago. The time has flown by! There are some photos included in Lesley's album this month to show how the house and garden have changed

Lesley's album
Dave's album

Saturday, 2 November 2019

October 2019

Summer weather continued in October here despite the shorter days. We enjoyed a lot of warm sunshine and have been busy tidying the garden and vegetable plot and planting new strawberry plants ready for next year. The pool still looks inviting, but the water is too cold to be tempting.

We had another very successful music evening here at the beginning of the month - great music, dancing, food and friends

We have also just returned from an enjoyable and busy week in England. It was good to see the family and to catch up with some friends

We don't have many photos this month - in fact Dave doesn't have any! Several of mine are from our week in England, and I admit that the bike ride was actually the very end of September!
Here they are
Lesley's album

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