Great lunch and fun day yesterday at my friend A’s house. Not much to say, the pics say it all. Great house, great friends. I shall not even mention the drinks…




Jardin fleuri

I have a very small garden which is mainly occupied by a swimming pool. Nevertheless I have a fair amount of plants to add some colours. Not to forget the flagrances.











And also some producing plants and trees


Figue tree which I expect to produce fruits late summer


No garden is complete without a grapevine. Thee will be plenty of grapes this year.


The new melon plants are doing well so far


Living in the south, an olive tree is a must. Mine is over 110 years old and produces plenty of olives. This year will be the same.



The Béret club de Carcassonne

Screen Shot 2019-05-29 at 11.10.10Yesterday lunchtime at one of our local restaurants, 4 of us were enjoying a good meal and a couple of bottles of wine.

I cannot honestly recall how it all started but we created the Béret Club de Carcassonne. The sole purpose of this club is to get together on a regular basis and enjoy some lunch / dinner.

We have never needed an excuse before. Anyway, I am all set up with my golf béret which I have not worn in public yet.

Screenshot 2019-05-29 at 13.33.49.png

We have also decided that our head quarters will be at the Restaurant “Au Lard et au Cochon” where we in fact came up with the idea. I am sure the owners Chloe & Laurent will not mind.



A few days later at the weekly apéritif time at Café Saillan.


Les Mottes

Good day out in La Grande Motte earlier today. After voting this morning it was decided to try and find the sun. So off to the seaside we went: Goal “La Grande Motte” which is 1h40 away from Carcassonne via the motorways.

La Grande-Motte is in the Hérault département in Occitanie. It is a popular seaside resort and port, built in the 1960s and 1970s. La Grande-Motte is characterized by homogeneous architecture; many of the prominent buildings are pyramidal in form. With 2 million tourists per year it is one of the favorite resorts of the French.

Quite a lively place. Plenty of restaurants. Must go back and spend more time but not during the peak summer season.

Blooming flowers

I have never spent so much time and money on plants, shrubs or flowers in my entire life. Now that I live in south of France with the smallest backyard I ever had, it feels like I am in one of the many nurseries every other day.

Just came back from one actually. However I have to say that the result is quite pleasing.

I still need to plant my melon plants also purchased earlier on.

They turned out quite nicely last year.

My friendly owl

Being kind of plagued by the number of pigeons landing and messing up my courtyard, I was advised that a good deterrent are owls. Pigeons simply hate them apparently.

Found one this afternoon as a deco item. Apparently it is solar powered and the eyes will glow in the dark. Will check that out this evening.

I have a feeling it is too cute to scare anything away though.