In the last previous Post we mentioned that the birdlife this year was very active and that we had some of the birdboxes 'inhabited'. Well, this has continued apace and we now have various young families appearing, being supported and trained to feed and fly …. and we caught some nice photos on one of the bird tables:
So, we have to say that Leonard the Locust is this months' Wildlife
of the Month'!
Now, while we're on the subject of locusts one's mind turns to Biblical plagues in general and while we have not had any boils and our large numbers of frogs are pretty benign, what we have had in the past month has been 'thunderstorms of hail and fire'!! Around two weeks ago, in later afternoon, we could feel the heat and humidity suddenly increase and the sky took a turn to black:
With some degree of irony, a day or two after the storm (i.e. plenty of water!) the large borehole pump in our well decided to pack up … a real nuisance, as we have used that for watering all the garden. The pump was down deep - some 20 metres, but on hauling it up it does seem, for some reason, to be kaput. This is a photo of the tank that the pump fills from the well, and then the well itself is alongside that … not exactly a brilliant photo of the well, you can just see the water glinting at the bottom … it is deep!:
So, a new pump is needed … and in the meantime we have put a small, submersible pump in the lake and this feeds the vegetable garden for the time being:
At the end of June, before the stormy few days (fortunately) we had a celebration lunch in the hamlet for Marguerite, who has lived in and around Le Bruel all her life - it was her 90th birthday. It was a happy occasion, but an emotional one, as her daughter, Nellie, is recovering from a very severe accident at work and her attendance at the party is the first time she has left hospital for four months. Nellie is one of the key supporters of the BruelFest that we now have each June, and of the BruelFilmClub, and our WinterFest. So, the hamlet decided to postpone BruelFest for this year and maybe have an event in the Autumn when Nellie is more able to join in again. Once again, the community spirit here is so very much in evidence:
Toodle-oo .... we'll be in touch soon ........