June Landscapes

All the rain that we didn't get in April and May seems to have fallen in June instead. I managed a final sunny walk before the weather broke, but it's been mostly damp, grey, overcast, and misty ever since. This was briefly punctuated by a couple of short spells of very hot, humid days, which … Continue reading June Landscapes

weekly photo challenge: curve

Allier Valley landscape, framed by the curve of the porch of the Eglise de St Marie, at St Julien des Chazes. We have been meaning to visit this tiny, isolated church since we first saw it in 2009 , from the window of the 'train touristique', which winds down through the gorges of the River … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: curve

yellow gentian

Now that June is well advanced, giant, alien-looking plants are beginning to appear in the landscape of Haute-Loire. Starting off with a rosette of silvery-green leaves close to the ground, they gradually put up a tall flower spike, which is crowned with clusters of tiny golden flowers. They are the yellow gentian (gentiana lutea), a truly … Continue reading yellow gentian

news from the workshop: further adventures with aluminium

It has been raining on and off for most of the week, and although we've been lucky to escape the terrible flooding that has affected parts of France, it has been fairly miserable. However, a silver lining for every cloud etc - it has given me the opportunity to do some work with my new … Continue reading news from the workshop: further adventures with aluminium

monday verse: june

Now summer is in flower and nature's hum Is never silent round her sultry bloom Insects as small as dust are never done Wi' glittering dance and reeling in the sun And green wood fly and blossom haunting bee Are never weary of their melody Round field hedge now flowers in full glory twine Large … Continue reading monday verse: june

flaming june

I've been neglecting my blog disgracefully for the past couple of weeks, largely because summer has arrived with a vengeance in Grahy. We've had days of blue skies and sunshine, with temperatures today and yesterday in the mid to high 30s centigrade. It's a bit too hot for me, to be honest, although I'm really … Continue reading flaming june