saying hello with photos of wild flowers, our pets, and a bit of this and that from our corner of France...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pointe de L'Espiguette
Grau du Roi
Petite Camargue
Department Gard
Région Languedoc-Roussillon 

Grau de Roi
Petite Camargue
Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

Aigues-Morte
Petite Camargue
Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon
South of France
I am off for a short adventure, we will be back on Thursday-Happy Monday everyone-à bientôt

Friday, September 26, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday


                      My Willy Nilly Friday with Tanya Breese (Around Roanoke) and friends at above link...I'm sharing my last week which was full of surprises...
Quercus alba-chêne blanc-white oak already wearing Fall colours. 
Quercus coccifera or holly Oak's leaves were also beginning to turn colour.

Quercus ilex-chêne vert-Holm oak, there are 465 species of Oak trees, imagine, their fruit are approaching the Squirrel picking age.       

These squash caught my eye by their sheer number and orderly arrangement, the French call them a 'courge'.   

This Fall I am surprised to find vines of Humulus lupulus or Hops wildly winding their way around various bushes, this one is also hosting the 'la punaise verte' green bug. Where I grew up these vines went up in an orderly fashion on wires and in rows. I didn't know these are the female flower (seed cones or strobils) and are what is used in flavouring and stabilizing beer.   

What with the concern for our insect population I was happy to find most of these vines swarming with 100's of busy workers bulking up for the upcoming Winter.  

Our semi-resident couple of Doves are now sharing our Japanese Plum with the smaller birds and even the Merle is welcome without any fuss.   

Before I got my camera there were 17 of these little guys on this branch, they appeared to be waiting their turn at one of our 5 feeders.

Last week I found this beautiful wild flower, she is from the Aster family and is known here as a Galatella Sedifolia, she brings my total of identified wild flowers to 123 :-).
Blue Cedar-Cèdre Bleu, they can live for 2000 years however the oldest recorded age is 1000 years, still not too shabby.    

Thuya/Thuja occidental, genus of coniferous trees in the Cupressaceae/Cypress family but they apparently are not real Cedars so there has been some suggestion they be referred to as red-cedars or white-cedars.    

The mature fruit of the Thuya.


 I hope everyone has a wonderful day and a balmy weathered weekend....I'll be back Monday. ciao for now.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cité du Train Musée, Mulhouse, France (final day)













3 rd Class


This is one of the 1340 locomotives ordered from the United States (700) and Canada (640) after WW2 when there was such a short supply in France, they were bought under a plan called 'Lend-Lease' originally the 'An Act to Further Promote the Defense of the United States' signed March 11, 1941. http://en.Wikipedia.org/Lend-Lease
                             

 More on the Mikados at http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/SNCF_Class_141R

574.8 kilometres/hour-357.2 mph, record set on April 3, 2007 in France, normally we roll along at 250 kph or 155.3 mph...

Have a wonderful day everyone :-)