I AM THE LAST ONE

Hello, I am the last one in bloom of a bunch of sunflowers who got a chance to grow in October cos the birds in our garden dropped a few seeds and the weather cooperated also with warmth and rain .(see my post : “a late present” I posted earlier this month.

THIS BEE IS ENJOYING THE SUN WHILST HARVESTING SOME POLLEN.

Have a great day !

A LATE PRESENT

Now that the weather has changed from hot and dry to soft and wet, plants are starting to regrow. As we feed the birds with all sorts of seeds, including sunflower seeds, new sunflowers have started to grow, so I have sunflowers in bloom in the middle of October where as they normally are in bloom in June-July. And I absolutely love it !! So I have been busy with my camera. I have about 10 sunflowers in bloom at the moment, not only the one I show here.

IT STARTED WITH A BEAUTIFUL BUD
AND THEN THEY STARTED TO UNFOLD
THEY GREW BIGGER

THEY ARE NOW OPEN FOR BUZZY-NESS
I’M NOT SURE WHAT I LIKE BEST; THEIR FRONTS OR THEIR BACKS

Have a great weekend all and enjoy your garden when you can.

THE ARDECHE IN FRANCE (3)

The village in the Ardeche where we spent our holidays last month was called Vals-les-Bains, it has only about 3500 inhabitants but it was once very famous for their water that has good influence on your health and the spa’s they had, it was like the spa’s we have now, only less modern. They once were visited by the rich and famous, we were told even King Louis the 14th came to Vals with a horse and carriage to improve his health, today they just have normal tourists from all over the globe.

They have an old natural source in the middle of a park that is spraying every 6 hours. We went to see it one day and it was quite fun, we were all waiting for the water to start spraying, lots of people got wet ofcourse as they came too close to the spray.

AND SO IT BEGINS
AND IT GROWS
AND GROWS
AND IT GROWS UP TO 6 METERS HIGH, SOMETIMES EVEN TO 8 METERS HIGH

If you know it started spraying for the first time about 200 hundred years ago I think it is quite amazing.

Have a fun week and thanks for stopping by.

THE ARDECHE IN FRANCE (1)

Last week we returned from our holiday in France, this year we visited the Ardeche, known for the many rocks, a popular holiday destination in Summer and full of French charm.

The Ardeche is situated in the South-West of France, a 1000 kilometer travel for us.

THIS IS A TYPICAL VIEW FOR THE ARDECHE

Normally there is enough water for canoeing but as the whole of Europe is suffering a lot from drought canoeing is not an option at the moment.

THESE MOUNTAINS ARE MADE BY VULCANIC ERUPTIONS ABOUT 8 MILLION YEARS AGO
MOST HOUSES ARE MADE BY THESE ROCKS TOO
I JUST LOVED THIS LITTLE TERRACE WITH A ROOF OF A GRAPEVINE
DARK GREEN TALL CYPRESSES. LOVE THEM !!
WATER AND ROCKS
AND MORE WATER AND ROCKS


We stayed in a lovely B&B as we always do when we visit France. I’ll show you more pictures of France in my next blog.

Have a great week !