Tuesday, July 10, 2018

What now?!

Yes once again I can't resist taking the annual baby swallows picture! These four (if you can spot all four!) had just launched themselves out of the nest and ended up a couple of meters away above the work bench wondering what to do next, not moving even when I was within touching distance away, needless to say they are now flying around happy and free!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Early morning dip!

Checked the house pool very early this morning and found this not so small toad having an early morning swim, after another very hot night it made it an obvious thing to do to freshen up for the day!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Time for a break!

We've got 4 or 5 nests in the barn all with young swallows in so you can imagine how busy the adults are feeding the little ones from dawn 'till dusk, so with temperatures now in the 30's, by mid afternoon yesterday the swallow above decided enough was enough for a while and took shelter from the heat under one of the house parasols for a short while just to cool off, I don't blame it really!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Clearer view!

Yesterday Philippa & I went on a nice 35km morning bike ride to Montignac, perfect cycling conditions as the breeze had a nice cooling effect to take the edge off the sun, on the way back we realised on the lovely road on the south side of the Vezere there has been a lot of clearing of woods for a long stretch of the route which now clears the view of Chateau de Losse, built in 1575 it is one of the many chateau's that can be visited and explored in this area.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Blue sky at last!

 Can't believe it's nearly a couple of months since my last post, since then we've been very busy spring cleaning the whole property and doing general maintenance and other numerous jobs in preparation for the up and coming main holiday season in this area.
We've had a massive amount of rain and at last, the grey clouds have gone and blue sky and 30 degree plus daytime temperatures are here, we even went for a bike ride before breakfast this morning in order to avoid the high temperatures and it was 20 degrees at 8 a.m.!
Oh and don't worry everyone coming to spend time in our house over the summer, the pool is up and running now and already for you to take a dip and cool down during your stay!!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

One out of two up and running!

After a couple of days preparation the gite pool is now up and running. We have three gites occupied at the moment and considering it's still only April the temperatures have been high for the time of year, in the mid to top twenty degrees.
I think the water will still be a bit 'fresh' at the moment but it's all ready as and when someone needs to cool down!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

About time!

What seems like an age since my last post, at last the dark clouds and rain has disappeared and this morning has been replaced with clear blue sky. With all the rain all the trees (except for the ever late starting Walnuts) the new bright green leaves are opening giving the whole valley that fresh and at last spring feel about it!
Another job completed yesterday, the area between house and gites, dug over, weeded and potatoes planted ready for this years crop of news in a few weeks time, next in soon, the tomato plants.
Looking like full sun is forecast all this week...time for the shorts to be got out of winter storage!!