Poppy Day

Poppy Day is a bank holiday here and so Botanic Bay saw Mike Lucky Spade and myself enjoy the day off in the very cool sunshine of this November Day, busy with masonry for one, and leaf sweeping for the other.

Hence the following pics:

eye-catching: the sun through the wind chime

Eye-catching: the sun through the wind chime


the decking dotted with autumn leaves

The decking dotted with autumn leaves – Remember? There are tulip bulbs sleeping in the blue pot…


The new pond is taking shape. It has reached its full height.

The new pond is taking shape.; it has reached its full height. The bird feeder on the right has welcomed a few visitors this week, nice!

And what about your weekend, dear Readers?

Nov 11, 2016

Orange is the word

Halloween weekend, and this year we are enjoying mild weather and sunshine!

Still, the garden has kept its yearly cycle and the leaves are displaying a bright show.



and even indoors, orange has come to be the predominant colour. This very tasty chocolate comes all the way from Bayonne, in the Pays Basque. The pumpkin is also dark chocolate so it is an “eat it all” if you dare!

I shall dare…

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L’histoire méconnue du chocolat à Bayonne

Si on vous deviez citer des spécialités basques, vous évoqueriez sûrement le jambon de Bayonne, le piment d’Espelette, le gâteau basque, et encore le gâteau basque. Le chocolat ? Beaucoup moins. Et pourtant…

So long dear Readers!

Oct 30, 2016

flower display

Yesterday, as I was walking towards my classroom through the parc,  I caught sight of a lovely display.  What do you think?

Thanks to the florestry team who had a workshop this week and decided to leave their arrangements hanging from the trees. It certainly makes the area more attractive all the more as we know it is ephemeral. Land art or not?

Cast your votes!

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Oct 8, 2016

the first dig is dug!

With the good weather we are currently enjoying, nothing can stop us now!


As always the question is: where to put the soil we excavate?…. It is going to prove a challenge in our mature garden.

In the background, our current pond, 10 years of age, that is due to be dismantled. Twelve odd carps and gold fish swim in there.


The Lantana is now in a pot, waiting like the other specimens to find a better home once the new pond is up.


Besides, I also decided to give this pretty blue ceramic pot new lodgers in the form of tulip bulbs. I know there are gardeners that think they are set too close to one another, now I am fully aware of that but I have seen videos of amateur gardeners displaying amazing tulip planters at the end of winter. And this is how they do it. So I am trying my luck with a nice bed of pouzolane to avoid rotting.

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Nice encounter before I went back to the kitchen to cook lunch;)

Sep 25, 2016

all cleared! well almost…

Another two hour job today – a free afternoon in the sun, that was lucky!

And see the difference:

it all started by the green man having new company:


the Verbena is now waiting for a new spot

in this window box that was used in our old flatbut is now used as a spare pot

which means… more space has been cleared in view of our next pond:


tada! Even the mint and sage have gone! Cut back and put into water for new roots. Fingers crossed.

From the lounge, the space looks altogether neater, but isn”t it always the case when you remove plants?

The yellow ribbon now shows the outline of the next pond more effectively.

So long, dear readers!

Sep 22, 2016

A two hour job on Sunday

The new pond is constantly in our heads at the moment.

Since I said to Mike Lucky Spade, “look the pond has got cracks, it is too big, the water is green, and it is all fashioned” – I got a positive reaction from him… What else ? So we are now busy with the new pond project.just-kiddingThe sick water pump that was not doing a good job, was replaced by a different system, more efficient because after three days I could see the fish!

But we’ll get to the issue of pumps later,

for today, the task assigned was to remove the berry bushes to vacate some room for the next pond.

I suggested to Mike Lucky Spade to cut them back and place them into pots in the waiting for the whole new revamping.

It’s not just building a new pond – it’s also getting rid of the first one cat

Anyway here are some pics of today’s work:


At the start, it”s plants galore : berry bushes and mint that has overgrown. This area has become grubby looking and this is the very place for our new pond. The yellow ribbon marks the outline of the project.


After two hours, the bushes have disappeared, it”s only the mint left. And that is next weekend’s job. As usual, Le Chat is keen to watch.


The bushes have been cut back, and stored for planting next winter.


This line of pots contains the gunera that is currently next to the pond and that has to find a new life with the new pond. From one plant, Mike Lucky Spade has made 4.  All the better! They are pretty expensive in garden centers.

Sep 18, 2016

There is a puma in my tree!

Just kidding just-kidding


It’s Le Chat! Enjoying the heat as much as I, only she is in the shade, and I am sunbathing!

30°C…. Hey Summer is not over yet 😉

What was your day like?

Sep 14, 2016