Friday, 2 April 2021

March 2021

 We have been fortunate enough to get out and about still during March. The above photos are of one of our local bike rides and then a couple of a walk in the Pyrenees to the 'Etang d'Izourt', which was very beautiful but very busy, as a warm and sunny Saturday understandably drew people to the mountains. There are more photos in our albums below.

We have been glad to have the freedom of moving around and seeing friends since Christmas, but France is now paying the price with high numbers of Covid cases in some areas. The Ariege is still relatively untouched, but the whole country is now in semi-lockdown for at least the next 4 weeks. We can however go out up to 10km from home without needing to fill out a form!

Dave is having a knee replacement operation next week, so we have few plans for April anyway, other than him making as quick a recovery as possible!!

Dave's album
Lesley's album

Sunday, 28 February 2021

February 2021

 Spring is arriving here now. The weather has been mostly mild and sunny through February with a few very wet days thrown in as well. We have started cutting the grass again and the Spring flowers are in bloom. We have been busy tidying the vegetable patch ready for planting and have enjoyed several local bike rides as well.

At the beginning of the month we had a walk in the Soulcem valley. There was still a reasonable amount of snow on the ground and the lake was partly frozen, but it was a lovely day for a walk and we had it almost to ourselves! Above is one of the photos that I took and my watercolour from this photo.

There is still an evening curfew here from 18h each day and bars and restaurants remain closed, but other than that we can get out and about and see friends in small groups.

Here are our photos for February
Dave's album
Lesley's album
For anyone who hasn't seen is the link to the song we recorded with our friends!

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

January 2021

Lots of snowy pictures this month.
We had a very heavy fall of snow here during the second weekend of January which was lovely. It made up just a little for not being able to go skiing this winter. Everywhere looked so beautiful and we managed to fit in a couple of low mountain walks while it lasted as well. It didn't last long enough to become a problem!

We have been fortunate not to be in lockdown in France since Christmas but are expecting it could happen any time soon. We have been able to meet up with a few friends for lunch and music but everyone needs to be home before the 18h curfew.
Its good to have a certain amount of freedom, but at the same time, we are impatient for Covid cases to drop low enough for everyone to be able to travel freely again 

 Here are our photos for January
Dave's album
Lesley's album

Friday, 1 January 2021

December 2020

 The beginning of December remained quite mild, but it has turned very cold over the past couple of weeks and the mountains now have a good covering of snow. However the ski resorts must sadly stay closed for now! We have been wrapping up warm and enjoying our electric bikes, and had a lovely walk in the sun with Jean Paul before it turned cold.

It has been our first Christmas here away from the family, but we were pleased to be able to remain touch via the internet  

We wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year - lets hope for good things in 2021!

Here are our photos for December

Dave's album
Lesley's album

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

November 2020


Not much to report this month as we have been in lockdown again! However we have enjoyed some lovely sunny autumnal days so have been out for local walks and bike rides.

Best wishes to all of you who read our blog - and have a good Christmas!

Here are a few photos from this month

Dave's album
Lesley's album

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

October 2020


France is back in lock-down, followed rapidly by the UK! Number of Covid-19 cases have continued to rise rapidly and even the Ariege is seeing many more than in the Spring. However the public seems less accepting than before and the town seemed as busy as a normal day when I went shopping yesterday. Until police patrols are set up again the French (on the whole!) will probably not be very obedient.
I have just been back to England to see the family so timed it well

We had a fair amount of rain in October, interspersed by some lovely sunny days as well. The mountains have looked lovely with the first snow of the season. 

We have been out on our bikes - I have an new electric bike which is perfect for the hills around her. Now Dave is struggling to keep up with me!

We have also enjoyed a few meals with friends, both at home and at some restaurants that we hadn't tried before - all excellent and its been good to make the most of these evenings while we can 

Lesley's album
Dave's album

Friday, 2 October 2020

September 2020

 September has not been the month that we expected at the beginning of the year. Lucy and I were due to fly to Australia for my niece's wedding, but along with many other events this year, it has been postponed until next Summer. Here in France Covid cases are rising, but mostly in the large cities, so life in the Ariege goes on more or less as normal. 

We have had some beautiful weather, right up until this last week ,when it has changed quite dramatically over a few days. The mountains have seen the first snow of the season and we have lit the boiler. We have enjoyed a couple of walks in the mountains on sunny days but were surprised how busy it is everywhere. It seems the French are having local days out rather than travelling further afield for holidays at the moment.

A little owl fell down our chimney a couple of weeks ago and got stuck on a ledge half way down. He couldn't get back up again so Dave removed the cooker hood and tried to coax him down. After 3 days he finally flew down into the kitchen and we were able to let him outside. I was playing my guitar at the time so like to think that encouraged him down!! He seemed none the worse for wear after his ordeal and Dave got a photo of him flying by the pool

Our photos for the month are here...

Dave's album

Lesley's album