Friday, June 29, 2018

Inadvertent origami, dancing woman, Reillanne


Umbrella and legs, Saignon


Fredo, Saignon


Fete de la Musique, Saignon


Customer, Isle sur la Sorgue


Happier guy, Doppio

This guy was happier than the one below.

Baby, Isle sur la Sorgue

This guy had a "What are you looking at?" attitude.

Weeds, Saignon


Succulent and Volvo, Saignon

This has taken over a container at our new house. Our mattress comes today!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Parties, Saignon

 In the past week we have gone to a couple of wonderful parties. Here are a few pictures.



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Birthday cake, Shannon's (Bistrot Atelier) Saignon

On my birthday, Shannon surprised me with this birthday cheesecake. It was wonderful. Thank you Shannon. And for the Cremant!!!

Wolves, Saignon

 Yesterday, on my walk, all I could see were wolves.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Here it is!

Here is Janie, walking down to our new house! We closed on it two days ago.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Two bees for Martina and Julia

 The above picture is the Mason bee nest I referred to in the bee post. Pretty interesting critters. They are solitary. When they find a hole that suits them they go in and lay an egg. Then they fill the little room with pollen and nectar. Then they put up a wall of bee concrete and lay another egg, until the tube is full. They are crafty enough to lay all female eggs until the last chamber, where they lay a male egg. The male hatches, eats his lunch and chews his way out. Then he hangs around until females start to hatch and mates. Because there are a lot of females from different tubes hatching at the same time, and a lot of males flying around, inbreeding doesn't seem to be a problem. They are tireless pollinators and do not sting. Before European honeybees were introduced they were one of the alpha pollinators in North America.

This is what the Carpenter  (Xylocopa Viginica) bees are doing to our dock. They are very big, like a bumblebee, with much less hair. They build a nest by chewing into unpainted wood and dead branches. The males vigorously defend the nests by hovering near them. Mainly to chase off other insects as they have no sting. They have a yellow dot in the middle of their forehead. When I walk out on our dock, in the warm months, there will be one or two males the get right at eye level and hover. If you call their bluff, they fly off. Luckily, they are another tireless pollinator, so we pretty much leave them alone.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Monstera, garden


Big,Bag,Bed Garden.

This is my newest raised bed. It is basically a bed made of heavy duty landscape cloth. It holds about 5 bags of raised bed soil. I have just put in bunching onions, annual Dahlias, chili peppers and I buried 12 gladiolus bulbs here and there. The little tomatoes are destined for a different container.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Azaleas!

 Just to give you folks in the frozen north and Europe some hope, Spring has come to North Florida. The azaleas are putting on one of their best displays ever. All of these were taken in our garden in the last week. The road is our driveway.









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