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

spirals

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources. Take snails, for instance. They are a real nuisance in the garden, and if I'm being honest, they're a bit slimy and yucky. Their shells, though, are another story altogether. Beautiful curling spiral structures, with delicate hints of colour. Who could help but be inspired? There is … Continue reading spirals

Le Tour de l’Avenir – Stage 2

As planned, we drove over to La Chaise-Dieu to catch part of stage 2 of the Tour de l'Avenir yesterday afternoon. The last few kms of the drive were along the route of the race, so we were able to scout out a good place to stand and watch, and we walked back there once we'd … Continue reading Le Tour de l’Avenir – Stage 2