Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Garden: First Frost

With the temperature falling to minus two last night it is time to say good bye and thank you to all the tender plants that make the potager something special in the summer. 

Nasturtium

Tomatillo
All the peppers, chillies and aubergines are destined for the compost heap this afternoon, along with courgettes, tomatillos, cucamelons, basil plants and many others that I've forgotten.

Aubergine


Jalapeno

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Books: Review - Not Just a Boy by Jonathan Hill




I read this short and punchy novella in just two sittings and afterwards wondered why the author had chosen this short form for his story. For perhaps the first time I feel that Jonathan missed a trick in not bringing much more depth to this tale of schoolboy bullying and its aftermath.

The writing is as ever neat and evocative but was for me a little lean. Having said that, the scenes of threat and fear came over really well, as did the sense of differentness portrayed by the Boy.

This is a great coming of age story, often bleak, but it left me wanting more, hence only four stars.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

France: Contrasts in l'Herault

The French school holidays are upon us - where has the year gone? - so last week we dashed away or a few days at the seaside, ostensibly to eat some Bouzigues oysters, but also for a potter around the villages on and around l'Etang de Thau.


Marina at M├Ęze


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Walking in the Pyrenees - A circular walk from le Chiroulet.

At the weekend we walked the circular route from le Chiroulet in the Lesponne valley via Lac d'Ourrec, the Col de Bareilles and Lac Bleu before descending back to the car at le Chiroulet. 

Lac Bleu in November 2016
And in May 2017

Having walked the straight up and down route to Lac Bleu back in November, this time wanted to access the high Alpine meadows beyond the lake and in particular enjoy the spring wildflowers for which the mountains are justly famous. We weren't disappointed.

A Meadow of Buttercups near Lac d'Ourrec