Friday, 1 May 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
Wednesday, 1 April 2020
When I sent out the blog update and photos at the beginning of March, I don't think any of us expected the chaos that has engulfed the world over these past few weeks.
I felt very fortunate to have been able to spend a few days in England with the family at the beginning of March. Covid 19 was already spreading and the first few cases had arrived in the UK. Each one was big news then! Then a week after I returned home, the whole of France was in shutdown - about a week before the UK.
The rules are very strict here - we can only leave our homes for a few reasons, and each time we do so we must complete and sign a government form outlining the reason for going out. There are regular police check and fines if you don't comply.
We are very fortunate here to have the space and countryside on the doorstep, but we are not venturing further afield than the bottom of the lane unless its for shopping. No-one is permitted to go out further than 1km from home for exercise.
We have however been very busy. The garden has never looked so tidy in the Spring and the vegetable patch is relatively weed-free and ready for planting. Dave has already planted the potatoes and onions and has also been potting up seeds. It has been mostly warm and sunny apart from the last few days when Winter temperatures returned for a while. It even snowed on Tuesday.
We are also spending time on our music and I always have a painting on the go.
I am enjoying Lucy's 'living-room' dance lessons (see Lucy Cooper Linedance' on youtube) and we have regular internet chats and quizzes with friends and family.
Here are our few photos for this month.
We wish good health to everyone and hope that things will be on the up-turn in a months time
Sunday, 1 March 2020
Our albums for this month mostly feature our travels. We had a good week skiing in the French Alps with Lucy and Andy at the beginning of the month and have also just enjoyed a weekend away near the Mediterranean coast with Richard, Yvett and Scotty.
The weather has been sunny and warm for most of the month so we were also able to enjoy a walk near the chateau of Montsegur.
Here at home, the grass is growing fast so we have been busy mowing and tidying as usual!
The photos above, in descending order, are Morillon in the French Alps, Peyriac de Mer and Lagrasse in the Aude, then finally the chateau of Montsegur nearing the end of a sunny day
Our albums for the month are here
Friday, 31 January 2020
Some snowy pictures this month. It has been a mild winter so far and any snow that has fallen on the Pyrenees has tended to be up high, so we haven't used our snow shoes yet this year. However we have enjoyed a few walks up there in the sun, as well as am impromptu day skiing in Andorra after a fresh fall of snow.
Here are our albums
Friday, 3 January 2020
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 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
Saturday, 2 November 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