Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Frost and sunshine

Two nights of below zero temps and frost followed by two days of glorious sunshine. 

Pretty weeds unaffected by frost

Rhubarb devastated

but looking pretty nevertheless

A little later, in the sun, the scent from these violets was amazingly strong.

The brassicas drooped amazingly then recovered their upright status as the frost defrosted and the sun shone. Harvesting the potatoes was very warm work despite the temp being only 8C - undoubtedly the sunshine added lots of imaginary heat.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The gorgeousness of sunset

And I nearly missed it - going inside to get the camera!

This was after we discovered the tank - the 22500 litre tank - was EMPTY!  Despite recent rains.  The downpipe connection from roof top to tank had failed, leaving thousands of litres of water to head for the aquifer. Disaster all round and an amazing and unbelievable thing to have happened.  The other unbelievable thing is no rain is forecast for the next few days.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Gardens on the other side of the world

Haven't got around to sorting the 800+ photos recently taken in France and the UK, so for now here's a list of the gloriousness we visited over three weeks.

Giverny and Monet's Garden
Le Jardin de Plume
Pays d'Auge (lots of apple trees)
Le Vasterival garden
Les Bois de Moutiers
Les Andelys
Auvers-sur-Oise (with a sad visit to Van Gogh's "home")

Crathes Castle and Garden
Pitmedden Garden
Inverewe Garden
Iona Abbey (and great organic gardens at the back of two of Iona's hotels)
Duart Castle
Achamore House Gardens on the Isle of Gigha
Jura (with a wee tasting at the Jura Distillery)
Mount Stewart House and Gardens
Mount Usher
Mount Congreve
Waterford Crystal (amazing production and crystal way way too elaborate to ever want)
Tresco Abbey Gardens

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Colour in winter

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Parrots enjoying abandoned grain. Noisy and colourful and very skittish - so it was great to be able to use the new gorilla pod and muku shuttr to take lots of remote pics from metres away.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Farewell Paris, hello London

A miniature Statue of Liberty placed in the middle of the Seine river, in front of a sparkling Eiffel Tower, photographed at 11pm.  Apparently an earlier mayor of Paris, probably De La Noe, thought it would be fun to have the ET light up at odd random hours, but this annoyed residents and tourists alike, so now it sparkles at 11pm and everyone is happy.

Weather wise London has been nicely erratic. This morning it has been sunny wet warm. The Westminster Mile is being run in front of Buck House. Sensibly the owner is away - there's an awful racket going on: 7 races had been held by 10.30am, with another 27 to go.

We're off to sea today - Portsmouth here we come. We'll be sailing between England, Ireland and Wales and we've been promised lots of annoying immigration issues. Interesting - one can travel all through Europe virtually unmolested by customs and immigration, and now ....

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Luke - look what you've done

We lunched at Le Soufflé the other day.  And of the 20 diners in the restaurant 10 were Australian and all had seen Luke Nguyen playing there in his recently screened LN in France telly program. The soufflés were scrumptious and it's amazing how so much egg and air can fill you up.

Paris is awash with Australians - they are everywhere but at least they are discrete and not noisy.

The weather has been very conducive to walking then sitting in outdoor cafés drinking the most evil and delicious chocolate chaud.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014