We have had it very dry for the last three weeks - and very hot, with temperatures in the mid-30's C. This has made us rather anxious for the new wild-flower meadow and we have pumped the well water to provide a daily soaking. It seems this might be paying off, as we can now see the start of a carpet of seedlings .... and just hope these are the wildflowers and not weeds!
The vegetable garden is planted out with tomatoes, courgettes, and a range of brassicas and beans:
- and the herbs in the raised beds are doing well, along with some earlier courgettes and tomatoes. We have planted about 30 tomatoes, with 9 varieties ... and we'll see which do well ... there is everything from those producing (allegedly) fruit of over a kilo to those that provide clusters of small red and yellow fruit:
As I walked round the garden this evening there were rolls of thunder and some very particular cloud formations:
- so perhaps we'll have a storm and some rain. But the weather has been good for the blossoms and fruit this year - the mulberry tree is thick with its little red, furry fruit:
- and the roses and honeysuckle that surround the house are prolific, with powerful, heady perfumes in the warm evenings. Very beautiful:
And what about our wildlife cameras? Well, we are still being rather disorganised about setting these up each evening ... so, some disciple is required - more of this soon. In the meantime, here's a night prowler who was around a couple of nights ago.
Simon lives at Nichoir, Le Bruel, with his wife Noella. They moved here in May 2013, with their Newfoundland dog, Oska, and their cat, Snufkin. Together they have set out on an adventure to create what they hope will be home from home for family and a rather special Chambres D'Hotes for guests.
Simon & Noella Mauger, 'Nichoir', Le Bruel, 81340 Lacapelle Pinet, TARN, France