photos of wild flowers, a few trees and flowering bushes that catch my eye with the occasional pet photo.


Sunday, March 1, 2015


                       HAPPY BIRTHDAY


           GRANDPA LORNE 
                   
                            & PAPA SHAWN 

Best wishes for a wonderful birthday year for both of you :-D xxoo   

Saturday, February 28, 2015

 This is our local co-op where we were yesterday for bird seed, cat food, Marseille soaps and a terra cotta pot for our  new indoor/outdoor Palm that we hope will survive us, if you look real close you can see Mr O. coming out of the store.
 Then Ebéne and I left Mr O. and headed home in the opposite direction taking one of our regular walking routes just in the opposite sense.  
We'd pass a spot where an uprooted Cedar was earlier this week, it is gone but the neighbours fence is still twisted and ruined, I wonder if it is our village's responsibility to replace it.
 Just down the way we'd see yet another up rooted tree, the first of four along side the river, they were all laying prostate half submerged in the water, toes rudely uprooted from their base.  
 On a happier note, this lovely Marsault Willow or Goat Willow still has his toes firmly planted in the ground and blooming like no body's business.
 Then we stopped to admire these female flowers of a female Frêne-Ash tree (she bears the fruit groupings called 'samaras' and it is only the females that bear fruit).  There are other Ashes present close to her so I imagine she pollinates in the conventional fashion (boy pollen to girl pistil + wind)  as opposed to the hermaphrodite Ashes that take care of their own pollination having both male and female flowers present, I find this super amazing that plants can multiple in this way.  
Then while crossing over the 'passerelle' we heard the lively chatting of our resident Swans so headed over to check them out behind the Salle de Fête...

Pigeons live in these pigeon holes along the back wall which is remnant of our once fortified medieval village...
 We arrived just in time to see the seven of them disappearing down the canal in the direction of the arrow...
 We saw more weeds than blooms but that is going to change quickly.
We arrived home frozen to the quick from the Mistral wind to this lovely arrangement of huge orchid flowers and a hot pot of tea :-).    

Friday, February 27, 2015

Orchis géant-himanloglossom robertianum-Barlia robertiana (Giant Orchid)

We are at the base of our villages medieval monastery  yesterday in a biting Mistral wind, inspired by the first wild orchid of the other day, undaunted and well covered we meandered around the south side of the hill in search of more wild orchids.  


What is referred to as the 'castle of Le Thor' is really the remains of an medieval fortified monastery that was under the umbrella of Benedictine monks and is classified as a monument historical!   

February 26, 2015 base of the remains of Le Thor's Castle 

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February 26, 2015

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February 26, 2015

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February 26, 2015

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a wild weed among the wild orchids

February 26, 2015

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February 26, 2015

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February 26, 2015

our first apricot blooms, February 26, 2015

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February 26, 2015

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While galivanting around  I seem to have lost my entire life that is in my little red 'porte-monnie', everything is in it, driver's licence, carte d'identité, bank cards, medical cards and a few euros  none of which I missed until yesterday when preparing to go shopping! This isn't the first time I've lost some of these items so it will be with great shame that I will need to embarrass myself once again in front of the helpful mayor's office staff, fill in the multiple papers for new cards and licence which all means new identity photos where I'll look even more dead than alive as it is five years since the last photos were done, even then upon looking at my photos, the kind young woman in the mayor's office said 'yes you are more a smiling person than not' loosely translated this is :-)!  Perfect day for upset, grey sky, rain covered world with promise of more...
still I know this is at the low end of the bad scale of things that could happen, and am rather lucky at that...Mr O. is busy phoning police stations and turning the garage and house upside down AGAIN as we'd done all of this yesterday, I best go help, wish us luck in finding the darned items!!!!