Flowers and Friends

It’s hard to believe it today, as the rain pours down, but we’ve had some really hot, sunny days over the summer. The weather seems to have suited both flowers and their friends the insects. It’s been heartening to see so many over the past couple of months, both in gardens, and on wild flowers. … More Flowers and Friends


This week’s photo challenge invites us to share the structure of an everyday object. I took this photograph of allium flowers back in June, when we visited the National Trust property Washington Old Hall. The flowers heads are huge pom-poms of colour, and when there’s a whole bed of them, it’s easy for the eye … More Structure

flowers and bees

We are continuing to leave areas of our garden a little wilder this year, in order to provide food for bees and butterflies. It’s still a little early for many of the butterflies, although I did see a swallowtail a few days ago, but we do have a lot of bees visiting, and hopefully pollenating … More flowers and bees

the advance of autumn

It’s now late October, and autumn has well and truly arrived here in our corner of Auvergne. There are a lot of mushrooms springing up in the garden, as well as the surrounding woodland, and a correspondingly large number of locals gathering them. I’m not sure that the ones pictured above are good for eating … More the advance of autumn

new camera

It was David from 750 metres’ birthday this week, so he bought me a gift. I don’t think he’s entirely got the hang of how birthdays work. Anyway, I’m now the proud owner of a new compact digital camera – a Nikon Coolpix no less. It’s very dinky and light, and ideal to slip into a … More new camera

uninvited guests

We seem to have some uninvited, though not necessarily unwelcome, guests taking up residence in the outside wall of La Petite Maison. We noticed a couple of bees buzzing around the house yesterday, and on closer inspection they were busily flying in and out of these little holes in the south-facing end wall. I assume that the holes must … More uninvited guests

the early bees

As September draws to a close, it’s getting later and later before the morning sun falls on the garden. We were out fairly early today, doing some weeding and general autumn tidying, and the sun was just high enough to catch the tops of the trees. The beds were still in the shade, and it … More the early bees