Tuesday, 2 August 2022

July 2022

 July has been hot hot hot!! Warm and sunny most of the time with a few episodes of extreme heat. This is probably the hottest summer we have experiences since living here. We really appreciate the pool of course, and the old old with thick walls and shutters does help to keep the heat out. Mornings and evenings are beautiful though.

Everything is dry here and its an effort to keep the veggie patch going, but the tomatoes are doing well. The freezer is slowly filling up with sauces and ratatouille.

Dave's knee hasn't been too good. We saw the surgeon today to get it checked - it looks like tendonitis so may take a while to get back to where he was. 

We have just managed another brief trip back to England to see the family - now August is busy with guests renting the suite.

Here are a few local photos from July

Sunday, 3 July 2022

June 2022

June has been a month for family and music! Lucy, Andy and Nala continued to enjoy some good weather while they were with us, then we followed them back to England for a week to welcome Daniel and Jess's little boy, Rafael, into the world - A gorgeous little brother for Siena!

We also enjoyed a trip to London with Lucy and Andy and friends June and Jim to see Queen and Adam Lambert in concert at the 02. This was a fantastic concert - a real spectacle of light and sound and quite an emotional occasion as well - they played all the old favourites and we feel sure Freddie would have approved!

Before going back to England we had a concert of our own here....in which we were playing! The local community of St Victor Rouzaud held a day of volunteer work, finished off with a meal provided in the village hall. We were asked to perform with our friends - our first concert! It was great fun and we enjoyed a very appreciative audience!

Here are our photos for June
Dave's Album
Lesley's album

Friday, 3 June 2022

May 2022

 We have been enjoying some family visits recently. I went back to England for a few days before returning here with Dad who stayed with us for a week. Now Lucy, Andy and Nala are with us for a couple of weeks. They have all been very fortunate with the weather - lots of warm sunny days

Here are some photos of the month of May

Sunday, 8 May 2022

April 2022

 The wisteria has been superb this year - the best yet. Its been a busy month as usual but we don't have many photos! Will make up for it in May. I have just been back to England for a few days and Dad has flown back here with me for a weeks holiday. We brought the sunny UK weather back here with us so have been able to make the most of the garden. The pool is a bit chilly still at 20 degrees, but should warm up soon in this sunshine.

Here are a few photos of the month

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

March 2022

 We have just returned from a very lovely family holiday in Cornwall. This was postponed from 2 years ago because of Covid, so we were very glad to be able to all meet up and enjoy a wonderful week together. We rented a house in Portreath overlooking the sea, which was perfect for our 4 generations!

Back in the Ariege, the weather had turned very cold over the weekend. We awoke on Sunday morning to this snow shower (above).

Before setting off on our holiday the weather was warm but very windy - very good for drying the washing - see above!

Here are our albums for March - mostly Cornwall this month!

Dave's album
Lesley's album

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

February 2022

The blog is a little late this month as I have just been back to England to spend a few days with the family. Dave stayed here to tend to the garden and prepare the vegetable plot. With the warm weather, everything needs doing all of a sudden, and of course the grass is growing again!

Dave has also finished constructing the new wooden deck outside the guest suite. It is bigger than the old terrace and a sunny spot for morning coffee

We have had an active month, making the most of some great weather.
We chose a sunny day to re-visit the disused marble mine at Uchentein, the other side of St Girons. A beautiful spot with fantastic views for a picnic, and not too long a walk for Dave's knee.

We also enjoyed a weekend staying with Richard and Yvett at their now house in the Aude. The weather was good again so we did an afternoon walk around the village of Bugarach. According to rumour, the unusual mountain there was to be the only safe place to be when the world was to end on 21st December 2012 and the village is now a popular destination for New Age travelers.
We also enjoyed a day in the sun on the Mediterranean coast near Leucate.

Another walk this month was along the mountainside above Luzenac in the Ax valley. We walked to the Chateau de Lordat which provided another great picnic spot.

I also enjoyed a day skiing with English friends in the little ski centre of Ascou-Pailheres which was great fun. 

Here are our albums for the month 
Dave's album

Lesley's album

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

January 2022


As can be seen from the above photos, we have had a lot of sunny but cold and frosty days here this month. Its a little cold for cycling but we have enjoyed a few short walks in the mountains to try out Dave's knee. The knee is coping reasonably well with walking but still gets very stiff and the flexion is still not good enough for it to be comfortable with every day activities. However we have been tidying the garden and Dave is slowly preparing the base for a new and larger wooden deck outside the guest suite. The wood should arrive today so we hope to have some photos next month

Here are our photos for this month
Dave's album
Lesley's album