the Hautpoul hike

May’s blessed many bank kolidays have let me take some time off the house and the pets.

Off I went for a few days in the south west and I did this hike with my dad. A four hour hike walk up and down hills, sometimes up steep paths and other times gentle winding paths.

But all the time surrounded by the sense of wild and quiet. The sounds of Nature came to my ears, not a single car, not a single plane, but still network for my mobile phone so I could tease the working family back home with some selfies or lovely sceneries.

Here is a sample:

as you can notice, the weather was cloudy, but it made the colours of the surrounding vegetation even more outstanding…

Hautpoul, medieval village

chesnuts from the previous autumn

flashy bug









ruinsThe tall vegetation mainly consists of acacia, horse chestnut and chestnut trees.

narrow path, beware!Some ferns, mosses and ivy completed the scenery,

the best bit of colour all the waybut the loud Cistus were definitely the best bit of colour all the way!


Time for lunch, and then as it started to drizzle, we took shelter under the building where the village oven was set.

picnic by the village oven

And then in the afternoon, with the heat building up at last, came the sounds of Nature:


Then back home, I had one, only one day to enjoy the garden!!!!!

back home, one hot sunny day so far….

May 31, 2015

a day in the sun

I am currently enjoying a short break in the South West of France, and today I was near Narbonne. The sun was shining bright but the wind was very strong. I really loved discovering

We had lunch at a delicious restaurant in Gruissan, five stars for food and serving.

then we drove to St Pierre sur Mer to park near the riding center, where a little fair was taking place – sheep shearing and local foods and drinks


then we walked the path up the hill until this was unveiled in front of our very eyes – truly mesmerizing!

WP_20150516_023 this is the ‘gouffre de l’oeil doux’



and finally we drove to the Abbey of Fontfroide, an ancient Sistercian abbey, really worth the visit



so long, dear Readers

tomorrow is the day when I go for a 6h hike near Mazamet, that will be more in the woods;)

May 16, 2015

May (not!)

Will the temperatures heat up finally? Here at Botanicbay, we have been windswept in quite an unusual way this year. We are not yet enjoying enough heat to allow wildflowers to bloom, or butterflies to flutter across the lawn.

decking in Mayall is quiet around the decking

gunera meet acerand at the back, the gunera is reaching for the acer

Leaf galore!

In May, our border collie is 4!

Sally is 4

Some cat collects the warmth from the wood;)

cat sprawling

Until next time, take care and don’t forget to enjoy the season’s treats!






May 10, 2015

back from a mild winter

There it is, you can smell it in the air… Spring is on its way at last.




Mar 10, 2015

The best for the New Year

decking in Jan

this is what counts the most in this noisy world of ours: the peace and quiet of a garden…

and yet, tomorrow is back to school!

alright then, I shall go:)

happy new year dear readers ☆★☆





Jan 4, 2015

here is a glimpse of the pot I planted this morning


Nov 2, 2014

autumn in the garden but the tropics indoors

I got my orchid nearer the ficus and I found they got on well together

how about your indoor plants?

ficus meet orchid-407562145


Nov 2, 2014