Well it’s been over a month since I posted a blog, the days fly past and summer is here. Last year I accidentally dug up some lizard eggs, (here) and found some more the other day in the same place, an earth-filled cavity in the low wall, obviously a favourite spot for Mme Lizard to lay, I quickly and carefully reburied them and covered the soil with some gravel, I hope they will survive this time, ( l found last year’s batch all shrivelled up, and hoped it was not due to my disturbing them.)
and a charming little beetle, with lovely colouring like the shot-silk lining of a posh jacket, this is definitely inspiration for a colour combination:
Our lavender is teaming with various hover bees, hovering hawkmoths and butterflies:
Wings ablur a hawkmoth sucking pollen, to the left you can just spot the tiny hover bee, which looks like a small version of the hawkmoth, with it’s long probing proboscis. I love seeing the bees fully laden with pollen, pollenious thighs describes them quite adequately I think!
I never cease to be amazed by chestnut trees, their highly scented pollen fills the air in June, and these fronds eventually become the prickly fruit casing that we all know, in the second photo you can just see a tiny fruit forming once the frond has turned brown and fallen to the ground.
……strange that the above becomes this, (I haven’t a photo so a painting will have to do):
Graham never lets a small thing like car design prevent him from turning our 2CV into a pick-up! Here he is having collected our new fridge:
Graham has a new grass-cutter for the old 70 year-old tractor ( our Porsche!) here’s a pic of a day’s cutting. The tractor has a few gears missing and is very heavy to heave the steering into place; partly perhaps because of the one time he had a “professional” work on the steering, when he got it back he found that when he turned the wheel to the right the tractor turned left, and vice versa….a novel way to run a tractor, however, as you can imagine, Graham lost his sense of humour with that unexpected mechanical innovation!
I love the track marks , this is going to make a fine drawing, when I get time!
Just look at the Dordogne at the moment, it is looking positively luscious!
I’m off to iron some sheets now, we have a changeover of guests tomorrow, the garden is weeded and watered, my hands torn to pieces by thorns, and plasters everywhere, the lawns all mown. Then back to the drawing board, literally, there are 2 expos coming up, in August and September.