Gardening, exploring the local area & trampolining

Gardening

Gardening

So today was spent putting in the various shrubs we’ve purchased from the Gamm-vert garden centre. I was looking for some sort of symmetry, so planting in order was important although this did go a bit pear shaped.  We also put stakes in to support the small plum trees that we stransplanted last October and to stop them taking too much strain in the wind. The soil is clay and very boggy at the moment, not ideal for planting anything but as someone once said, “the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago and the next best time is now”.

Daisies

Daisies

Dandelion clocks

Dandelion clocks

I use the word garden to describe what surrounds the house but it is basically meadow.  Full of daisies, dandelions, clover and couch grass.  There are also some lovely purple wild flowers, the name of which I am not sure, anyone help?

Purple flower growing in the garden

Purple flower growing in the garden

There were also some very unusual looking black furry caterpillers with red heads.  Can’t find out what these will turn into, help anyone?

Black catterpillers

Black catterpillers

And the other thing we notice is that the trees are full of mistletoe.  This is a tall tree that overlooks the garden.  Not sure what type it is but it has two large balls of mistletoe hanging from its branches.

Mistletoe

Mistletoe

Then we took a drive down into Sainte-Foy-la-Grande.

Sainte-Foy-la-Grande map

Sainte-Foy-la-Grande map

This is one our favourite local towns. It was founded in 1255 by Alphonse of Poitiers. The central part of the town has maintained it’s right angled street pattern, typical of a fortified town. My favourite street is Rue Victor Hugo as it hosts the regular vide grenier in the summer months and has a lovely shabby chic shop at the top.  Rue de la République is the main street, on which is the tourist information office can be found.

Office de tourisme Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

Office de tourisme Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

Usually in summer it is a mass of window boxes full of flowers.
We love the historic streets with their half timbered buildings, unique shops and unusual door knockers.

Shop in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

Shop in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

Half-timbered building in Sainte-Foy

Half-timbered building in Sainte-Foy

Half-timbered building in Sainte-Foy

Half-timbered building in Sainte-Foy

Unusual door knocker

Last time we were in France we went for a stroll along the Dordogne but this time having been so wet the river was swollen and the walkway was completely covered by the extremely fast flowing river.
The afternoon was finished off with sweet crèpes on Rue de la Rèpublique.  And the boys still had time for fun on the trampoline!

Boys on trampoline

Boys on trampoline

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