Posted by: kathandroger | February 17, 2019

A Lovely week.

We often seem to have some good days in February. This week has been exceptional, with crisp morning frosts and freezing temperatures morphing into warm days of up to 16 degrees. I walked with another group on Thursday, and we saw our first Brimstone butterflies, as well as the emerging celandines and even a couple of daffodils. Incidentally, the lesser celandine is also known as “pilewort”, and was used to treat piles because the bulbous roots look like that nasty condition. The “Doctrine of Signatures” was a belief that medical conditions could be cured by application of a similar looking plant. A load of cobblers of course, but I bet it still has its believers. Anyway, back to the lovely weather IMG_0375This is our little hamlet in the early morning from one of my favourite viewing points. And on my way to the local townIMG_0357this great plume is in fact steam coming from the paper factory in Descartes. It was much more impressive close to, but I couldn’t get a good picture.

The silence of the early mornings in the frosty, windless days, is really impressive, and any sounds seem to travel for miles. The local hunting hounds are housed over the hill about a kilometre away from us, but the other day they were baying for their food and it sounded as if they were next door!

Meanwhile the new lambs are doing very well.IMG_0374The cold weather never seems to bother them, it’s the wet and wind that is more dangerous.

I came across this lovely old root with two types of moss on it whilst I was waiting for the bloody dog to stop chasing a hare through our local woods.IMG_0379It is amazing to notice nature’s treasures, and I feel we all ought to linger a little longer to appreciate them.

Back from the great outdoors, it has been a good week for entertainment. A lovely local bar has musical evenings on a regular basis. It is a tiny venue, but the ambience is good, the landlady lovely and dotty and the food generous. We watched a French duo a couple of evenings ago, and they were fantastic. The guitar playing really was Eric Clapton standard, and they both seemed to be enjoying the performance.IMG_0381I still don’t know who they are, but it is a pity that to be successful commercially nowadays all groups need to be glamorous and young. The musical standard we experienced was so much better than lots of the crap we hear today.

And finally on the culture scene, my friend Martin Looker had an exhibition of his work at the local La Roche Posay centre. He makes wonderful sculptures from bits and pieces he has found, using old bits of metal, bones and stones. For an ex bacteriologist and landscape artist he has found another outlet and I wish I had his talent. Anyway, the “vernissage” (opening of the exhibition) was last evening, and the catering, ambiance and the art were all perfect. But, typical with the French, the local curator, a real character, said more that a few words, explained that the 100 years war with England had never been formally ended, and challenged Martin to a duel outside! The weapons were oversized paintbrushes, and the shields were painting palettes.IMG_0383I am not sure that there was a victor, but the real victory was for the evening. Well done all concerned!


  1. Apparently the sort of metal Martin uses is known as ‘hedge fodder’ if you are a metal detectorist.

    • Thanks Susan, I thought hedge fodder was what my goat ate!

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