auvergne landscapes: abbaye notre-dame de randol

The weather is currently warm and sunny, and although we're no longer having to escape from the afternoon heat, we can't seem to get out of the habit of visiting churches. This one was just a little bit different though. The abbey of Notre Dame de Randol is a stunning piece of modernist architecture, hidden … Continue reading auvergne landscapes: abbaye notre-dame de randol

coping with august

Although it has not been as consistently hot and dry as last summer, we have had several spells of very high temperatures this year. We're just coming to the end of what will hopefully be the final week of temperatures in the mid to high 30s centigrade. I know I shouldn't complain about fine weather, … Continue reading coping with august

pom poms and ice cream

It was another very warm afternoon yesterday, so we decided to take a trip out to La Chaise Dieu. It's at a higher altitude than our house, and often seems to catch the breeze. It also has a magnificent, and very cool, abbey, and a patisserie that sells wonderful ice creams, so it's a good choice on a hot … Continue reading pom poms and ice cream

spring plant fair

Today was the annual plant and flower fair in the village of Chanteuges. We've been for the past two years, and always picked up a few plants for the garden. It's especially good for young vegetables, although we've had a lot of success growing  from seed this year, so we only came away with a couple … Continue reading spring plant fair