opening new perspectives

After 10 years the pond that Mike Lucky Spade had built to transfer the fish from our previous home and garden, was looking shabby and worn.

So a new pond was built, the fish transferred again and swimming happily in clear water and new gained territory… and still the old empty pond remained there, waiting for the first blow to crumple into a heap of waste.

So now we have a new vista, and more revamping to imagine and action to be taken.





Apr 19, 2017

the Bohemian attitude

hey, well, Sunday was roasting hot. A taste of summer… Enjoyed eating outside in the middle of the garden. We have sun on our terrace only from 3pm.

So what else?

bobo attitude

My favorite planter has also been able to gain new life. Left empty all winter and carefully stored, I revived it with two Lantanas to complement its soft color scheme. Can you see it? It’s on the table at the end of the table.

We keep it as a pot plant away from our fauna because the plant is highly toxic. It is an annual that we can only use as a pot plant here because of the climate we have. In the south it can be found in hedgerows or in pasture. In the wild animals avoid it for the good reason I have stated above.

Apr 10, 2017

Tulips galore!

Last October, I 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.

tulips 1


Now look at the pretty result!

tulips 2

Can’t wait for more flowers to open; the display should be stunning!

Apr 4, 2017

out in the garden, spring is on its way!

It is getting sunnier and brighter as the days pass. Nice awakening everywhere in the garden: the Osmanthus bushes are in full bloom and their fragrance is very sweet. The Rhododendron is glorious in the back bed. The neighbor’s cherry tree is covered in white blossoms and gives a fresh backdrop to the view I have from the lounge.

Last week we ventured as far as staying late, after dusk that is (!) on the terrace. Thanks to the brasero; first lit of the year!

One day a robin dared perching onto a log by the kitchen door. It was a young one, awkward at flying and it had landed here perchance surely. We carefully kept Le Chat indoors the time it took for it to gain altitude.

On the spade front, things are moving slowly but surely. The fish can now swim in their new pond. The Alliums have sprouted and later in the year, they should give a gigantic diplay of white heads at the back of the pond.

In a week’s time, it’ll be the Easter hols,

so until then, enjoy your garden!






Apr 2, 2017

cat with an attitude

…. because the air is getting warmer but still we need more!

Le Chat is wondering where the catch is...

Le Chat is wondering where the catch is…


but there is no catch!

Apr 1, 2017

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…

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "fat cat cartoon"

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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