Since the last blog we had weeks of rain, which has at least made the countryside around here lush and green. We are now experiencing sunshine with a cool wind, with the odd bit of warmer weather. The pool is clean and sparkling and our guests last week were determined to be first in for this year. They didn't stay in long, but the honour goes to Tommy and Taylor....
|Tommy and Taylor get the award for first in the pool this year!|
|Assault course training!|
|Yomping through the vines.|
We have been trying to get to know the area where we now live, so whenever we find ourselves with a free day we set off to explore. Last week we headed to Bordeaux then north along the Gironde to Medoc.
|Chateau Pichon Longueville|
|Fishing nets on the Gironde by the car ferry at Lamarque.|
Around Vue de Duras the wildlife is at full throttle. The black redstarts are nesting under the balcony again.
|me, me, me!|
|Four hungry mouths keeps the parents very busy, and prevents us from sitting in our favourite spot.|
The doves are back too. They have nested in the tilleul tree, as we removed last year's nesting site when we trimmed the palm tree of all the dead leaves. They seem quite happy where they are.
|A beautiful dragonfly by the pond (which is full of very noisy frogs!)|
|An orchid in our un-mown meadow.|
|One of the many lizards which appear whenever the sun shines.|