It looks like being an early start to the autumn fungi season, I have seen quite a few in the woods recently and last week I saw this magnificent specimen. It is known as Chicken of the Woods in Britain and Polypore soufré in France.
We normally get Red Squirrels in the garden of our house in southern Vienne. We are out in the countryside and there are several big Oak trees close by with one actually in the garden. Also there are quite a lot of hazel bushes and Walnut trees so plenty to attract them. Also the garden backs onto some woodland which is mixed but has a lot of coppiced sweet chestnut. Continue reading
This is a book I have read recently and it’s not bad. I am not a great reader, I often have a book on my lap but it’s normally a reference book. I have read a few books related to life in France and I saw this on my sister-in-laws bookshelf. We were staying at her house for a few days whilst she took her annual holiday on the Isle de Re. We look after the house, water her plants and pop in to check on my aging mother in law who lives in the same town. So I had some time on my hands and a light read was a good way to pass the time. Continue reading
The town twinning movement started very soon after 1945, with the passionate support of mayors and citizens who vowed that Europe should never again be torn apart by war. Most of the twinnings were between towns from countries that had, till recently, been divided by war. The promotion of this new twinning movement was one of the main priorities of the Council of European Municipalities (as it then was) in 1951, and the 1950s saw a huge increase in the number and range of twinning’s.
Hemp Agrinomy is a tall pink flowered perennial which likes to grow in damp boggy places. It is very popular with insects especially butterflies.