that one day left…

Here we are… the bell has rung: end of the summer hols!

I had a quiet moment on the decking, sipping coffee in the rising sun

Aug 30thI like the transparency created by the removal of half of the bamboo stakes from the hedge flanking the alley. The roses smell powerful and sweet. Orange is my favorite color.

Then I undertook the reading of the book Mike Lucky Spade bought for me to read to enjoy during the holidays. High time!

Reading is blissNow you have seen the title, I could share the end with you?

Or maybe you wish to read it first?

….

Aug 30, 2016

grace in the wild

What’s up in North Wales?

Fields have been harvested, revealing some dwellers in their natural habitat.

Thanks to Anne Marie for the beautiful photos I am sharing today.

wales Aug 16 - 1

wales Aug 16 - 3

wales Aug 16 -  2Apparently not less the 15 milans were swooping at the same time after harvest.

Aug 29, 2016

when temperatures reach new records….

This time of month is proving a time of purring for me for yes, I shall reveal it here: I love it when it is hot, even too hot for some. With temperatures reaching 40°C – yes, here in the North of France, and it’s not just for one day 🙂 – I bought a bag of lemons to quench my thirst and to get deep regular intake of water.

What do you think?

citronnade

Soon I will tall you about my Majorcan experience…

Until then, drink plenty of water dear readers!

 

 

Aug 26, 2016

all about thinning…

thinning the bamboo hedge

The bamboo hedge flanking the driveway was getting bulky and no longer in tune with the airy mixed hedge that surrounds the whole garden – Botanic Bay is a garden at the corner of two streets.

So this week I harvested what could feed the pandas at the zoo of Lille for a day or two I believe.

And now I can marvel at the rays of the morning sun passing through the canes.

One good thing done!

gardenerMike Lucky Spade is due to do some major changes in our garden this year. Our current pond is getting old – both old fashioned and derelict. So Time for Change! 2017 will see our new pond in its new location… Can’t wait!

Aug 7, 2016

Summer 16

Sweet 16 as they call it…

Summer is my favorite time of year;

Simply enjoy reading & relaxing,

How will you have your summer?

dive in!

zzzzz

zzzzzzz………….

Jul 18, 2016

the autumn feel

splendid colors here at botanic bay, the sun makes it all vibrant!

 

a closer look at the apples

 

grasses at their best

grasses and sambucus

more grass

more grass

Oct 26, 2015

my trip to Corfu

It has been a most exquisite and hot experience, I shall certainly go back to the City of Corfu some time!

setting sun in Garitsa Bay

setting sun in Garitsa Bay

view from the Venitician fortress

view from the Venitician fortress

busy night life in the Old City

busy night life in the Old City

This beautiful construction marks the emplacment of the fresh water cistern built by the English some 800 years ago

This beautiful construction marks the emplacement of the fresh water cistern built by the English some 800 years ago

gardener busy on the roof garden of the hotel

gardener busy on the roof garden of the hotel

view from the hotel onto Garitsa Bay

view from the hotel onto Garitsa Bay

Aug 15, 2015