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
Monday, 30 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
Thursday, 1 August 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
Wednesday, 3 July 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!
Sunday, 2 June 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
Thursday, 2 May 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.