Friday, 2 June 2023

May 2023

 Its wild orchid time here and they are particularly abundant this year. 
The weather has been very up and down with quite a cool and wet week (for Dad and my aunt's visit!), then some warm sunshine but with storms building most evenings. Dave has planted the tomatoes so hoping we wont get any hail!

Thursday, 4 May 2023

April 2023 and our holiday to Nice and Tuscany

 April has been a month for travel. We first enjoyed a day trip to Andorra, mostly to buy petrol for the mowers as the strikes here were creating a fuel shortage and purchase of fuel in containers was banned for a couple of weeks. We had a nice day out though as well, including a walk up the lovely valley d'Incles. It was sunny and what snow they had this winter was rapidly disappearing.

We then enjoyed a couple of weeks holiday, firstly in Nice with good friends June and Jim from England, then on to a villa on a vineyard near Lucca in Tuscany with our French friends. We were lucky with the weather and had a great time exploring both the areas and the food and drink in both places.

We have returned to a wilderness of a garden! Plentiful rain and sun during our absence has caused everything to grow crazily! We are very busy this week cutting back, weeding and cutting grass. 

Dave will sort out his photos as soon as he has time! In the meantime, here are a few of mine


Sunday, 2 April 2023

March 2023

 We had a good week in England with all the family at the beginning of the month. It even snowed!!
Back home the temperatures have shot up and we have enjoyed some spring sunshine. Everything green is growing very quickly but it is difficult to get petrol for the mower at the moment as the on-going strikes have created some shortages. Hopefully things will sort be sorted out!!

Lesley's album

Dave's album

Tuesday, 28 February 2023

February 2023

 Lucy, Andy and Nala came to see us this month! 😃 They wanted to get in a few days skiing so booked a hotel in El Tarter for 3 nights. I joined them for 2 of the days. The first day brought a bit of fresh snow which was very welcome. The skiing was good but it was very cold - seats indoors for lunch were very hard to find! The following days were bright and sunny so they were able to make the most of the skiing.

I also enjoyed a short walk one day in the snow in the mountains with Jean Paul - it was really warm in the sun. 
Temperatures also reached 17 degrees at home for a few days so we could eat outside at lunchtime and make some progress with jobs in the garden. It has now turned very cold again  - we even had a dusting of snow here yesterday morning.

After struggling with his new knee since last June due to a cyst, Dave is now back on his e-bike so we have enjoyed a few local rides when the weather has been less cold. He has also seen an osteopath who has given him some exercises to help with the flexibility as he is still finding walking up and down slopes in particular very difficult. Hopefully he will soon by good for some more mountain walking!

Here are our photos for this month

Friday, 10 February 2023

January 2023


A rather late blog entry this month! January was a month of 2 halves - very mild, then very cold!
We have continued to tidy the garden and have enjoyed a few bike rides when it hasn't been too cold for our hands, and have also enjoyed a music day with our friends and a weekend staying with Richard and Yvett.

Here are a few photos for January

Monday, 2 January 2023

December 2022

 Happy New Year 
from the Ariege 

Tuesday, 6 December 2022

November 2022

 November has been a month of 2 halves. We had some lovely warm clear days to start with, but now the rain has arrived and there is snow on the mountains. The ground certainly needed the water, but it has all come at once! We finally need to light the boiler but are trying to use it as little as possible as the price of granules has doubled! Energy prices are increasing everywhere!

We spent a very enjoyable overnight stay with Richard and Yvett in Fenouillet and also had a trip out to a couple of local villages on my birthday. It was good to meet up with old friends Lisa and Neil while they were back over here on holiday as well as lunches and dinners with friends here - a very sociable month in all!

Our album for November