summer solstice

Today is the day the water lilly opened after budding for so many weeks:)

It is nice and comfortable, much gazed at, lovelingly touched in the new pond Mike Lucky Spade has finally completed!

Time for relaxing in the heat of summer…. How is your month of June?


Jun 21, 2017

today’s job

The anti UV liner had to be cut to size.

I nailed two sections onto two wooden lightweight trellis.

After two hours, they were nicely laid side by side to protect the water from the fierce sun rays.

One good thing done!


Mike Lucky Spade did some more brick work and cleared the area under the trees in the corner opposite the pond. There is a new scheme under progress. More about it in a later post!

What did you do today?

May 28, 2017

New pond keeping me busy

So this is where we are at the moment with the pond. The brick cladding is gaining ground while the fish swim happily in their new pond. With the generous sunshine we have had for the past weeks, green algae has formed every afternoon and I have spent a few hours fishing them out and cleaning the filter every day.


Yesterday I purchased the green sheet you can see folded at the back. It is anti UV and it works wonders! Today we laid it over most of the surface and the miracle occured: clear water still in the evening.

What a relief!

We are going to make two wooden frames big enough to cover the whole pond. I will attach a piece of the liner to each one. The idea is that we can use the two, only one or none at all depending on the mood, the force of the sun, etc…

And we are delighted to have witnessed the presence of a frog; we call it Kermit.


How is the wildlife like in your garden?

May 26, 2017

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