Sunday 10 December 2017

November 2017

Just a few photos from Dave this month - he has a flash new camera!
Album for the month

Friday 3 November 2017

October 2017

October has been busy with guests, a trip to England and the installation of our new 'conforming' septic tank! This has caused some disruption to the garden, but all is starting to look good again now.

Here are our albums - dominated by our visit to the 'Fete des figues' at Mal d'Azil  - and the septic tank!!

Dave's Album
Lesley's album

Saturday 30 September 2017

September 2017

Lots of photos this month! The weather has been varied so we have made the most of the sunny days.
We enjoyed a walk up on the Plateau de Beille which is a cross country ski station in the winter. It is a beautiful area for walking with open views and well marked paths.

Last weekend we made a very last minute decision to go to the coast for the weekend. We just stayed the one night at Argeles but enjoyed two full days of 'holiday'! Argeles is lovely and quiet at this time of year. We visited Collioure again as well - we always love this little port despite the crowds at any time. On the way home we stopped off at Queribus castle - our second visit here as well, but a great place!

Yesterday was another hot and sunny day before a grey and drizzly weekend, so we went up to the valley of Soulcem for a walk. This is a beautiful valley and very easy to walk along the valley floor. However we did climb up high for our picnic!!

Here are our albums for the month
Dave's album
Lesley's album

Saturday 2 September 2017

August 2017

August has been busy, hot and sunny - mostly!! France goes on holiday in August so we have enjoyed being at home and welcoming guests. It was good to have Clive and Sue here to stay for a few days as well.

Our photos for August

Saturday 5 August 2017

July 2017

July has been mostly hot and sunny with a few thundery wet days thrown in between, notably once again over the weekend of the village fete, which was a shame, but everyone seemed to enjoy it just the same.
We have a huge field of sunflowers this year just down the lane, which was a real treat - so there are a few photos of those this month!!

We enjoyed having Daniel and Jess here to stay for a week at the beginning of the month and since then have been busy with guests.

We also enjoyed a day up in the mountains to watch the Tour de France go by. The publicity caravan is always good fun and we collected bags full of very useless freebies! It was a downhill stage so the bikes were going very fast, but they were also quite well spread out as it was near the end of the race.

Here are some photos of the month

Dave's photos

Lesley's photos

Lucy and Andy's Wedding

Here are just a few of the very many lovely photos of a very lovely day! 

Saturday 1 July 2017

June 2017

The newly married Mr and Mrs Cooper!!
Congratulations Lucy and Andy! 

Just the one photo this month - of Lucy and Andy's Wedding!
It was a really wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

So the first half of the month was devoted to our visit to England for this very special event and to spend some valuable time with the family. Thanks to Lucy's excellent organisation and planning skills, everything went well and even the sun shone! It was certainly a day to remember!

More photos next month

Tuesday 30 May 2017

May 2017

Here are a few photos from us both from a warm and sunny May.
We are about to set off for England for a happy event - Lucy and Andy's wedding! We are very much looking forward to it and to spending some time with all the family

Our album

Monday 1 May 2017

April 2017

As I write this on the afternoon of 30th April, France meteo is warning us that a storm is on its way this evening. There is no sign of it at the moment, but the weather can change so quickly here.

April has been a month of mostly lovely warm sunshine and clear air. The trees are now mostly in full leaf and the farmers have been busy preparing the fields and planting. Our neighbours have just plated 2 big fields of sunflowers just down the lane, so that should be a picture in a couple of months time.

We have been quite busy with guests and also in the garden, preparing and tidying ready for planting. Dave already has the potatoes and onions well under way and the strawberry plants are looking good.

Here are our albums for the month
Lesley's album
Dave's album

Wednesday 5 April 2017

March 2017

March has been a month for travel. We enjoyed a few days near Malaga with Daniel and Jess and Jess's parents. Daniel and Jess have returned from 8 months travelling so we all had a lot to catch up on.
 I then went to England for a few days before we set off again for a mini break in Barcelona with friends June and Jim. 

We visited Granada and the Alhambra on the way to Malaga and enjoyed some spring sunshine on the beach. The weather was not so good for our visit to the precipitous walkway of the Caminito Del Rey, but the walk was impressive and fun. We all celebrated Daniel's 30th birthday while we were there.

We very much enjoyed Barcelona as well. The Sagrada Familia is breathtaking - work is still progressing and it will finally be finished in 2026. We all walked miles exploring the rest of the city as well, with several welcome beers and sangrias along the way!

We are home again now for the next few weeks and have guests arriving soon. 

Here are our albums for March

Lesley's album 

Dave's album

Thursday 9 March 2017

February 2017

We just have these few photos for February rather than the usual albums. We will make up for it this month! We have either been away visiting family in England or very busy here looking after the house and garden, getting ready for Spring - or the weather has been wet! In fact we have only had a couple of wet days, but when it rains it really rains! The Spring has been very mild so far and there is still very little snow on the mountains compared to usual.

The first photo above was taken on a walk near the village and the last 3 from a mountain walk. There were patches of snow around but not enough to need our snow shoes. It was beautiful up there in the sun

We have just returned from a week in Malaga. Daniel and Jess have returned from their 8 months travelling and were staying there with Jess's parents - we were very pleased to be invited to join them and had a great time. 

Thursday 2 February 2017

January 2017

The first half on January was dry, sunny and cold - then the snow arrived, both in the Pyrenees and in the Alps, just in time for our weeks holiday in the Grand Massif with Lucy and Andy. 
Here are our albums for the month

Dave's album

Lesley's album

Monday 2 January 2017

December 2016

Happy New Year everyone!

Our albums for this month

Lesley's album

Dave's album