Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Canada Geese on the Ribble

One of our regular walks when we are back in the UK is along the banks of the river Ribble from West Bradford to Grindleton. Going down one side and then returning up the other.  On Sunday there was very little water in the river and it was as low as we have seen it for a long time

A view of the village of Chatburn with Pendle Hill in the background. The day was somewhat misty!

What did surprise us was the sight of several Canada Geese on the river.

We can only assume that they are just passng through, although the internet indicates that they are resident in England. We will keep an eye out next time we do the walk.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

First Day of Married Life!

Guess where we've been today?

Need another clue??

The beautiful English Lake District... and out onto Windermere in a little motor boat. And once again we were blessed with the most wonderful weather...

Then a visit to Ambleside where we spotted this...

Gaynor... is there something you're not telling us??!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

September 10th, 2014: Our Wedding Day!

We could not have wished for a better day than today!

From first thing this morning the sun was shining and the temperatures were more like those we experience in France, than in the north west of England.

It has been a truly perfect day and we'd like to share one or two photos with you, starting with the venue, Ferrari's Country House Hotel...

Elizabeth arriving, with her son David....

Giving the ring...

The all important kiss..

Leaving the Dove Cote and out into the sunshine...

The group photo!

And after drinks on the terrace, we enjoyed a wonderful meal followed by the cake, made for us by Colin's daughter, Sarah.

It has been the most perfect day and one we will always remember.

A very big THANK YOU to friends near and far who have sent us good wishes - and more!!

ps. Happy 31st anniversary to our readers in the Isle of Man!!!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The time approaches...

when these two will be joined together...

after a hectic day...

We think we are ready...

At this time tomorrow it will all be over and we will be able to breath again...

Friday, 5 September 2014

Pont Mathilde...

As many of our reader know the Pont Mathilde in Rouen has been closed since October 2012. Well, the good news is that, according to the internet,  it reopened to traffic on the 26th August.  We will let you know when we have been across it.

However when we were looking for a progress report we came across this photovideo. If you have any interest in heavy engineering it is well worth watching.


All we can say is what an incredible job.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

An evening with the neighbours

We are fortunate to have really good neighbours here in Braye. We were welcomed into the village from the start and when two new houses were built - one next door and one across from us - our luck continued. Both young couples are lovely and we enjoy having them around.

Yesterday evening we were invited to Anthony and Maggy's house for aperos, to celebrate the birth, two and a half weeks ago, of their second son, Maxence.

We took along some hazelnut macaroons, made from a recipe Jean once used when we went over to Le Grand Pressigny. I used our own hazelnuts and they went down a treat! I only wish I'd thought to take a photo before these were all that remained...

The evening was my second chance to nurse the baby as we'd been round when he was 3 days old...

What a difference a couple of weeks makes in the life of a tiny baby...

However, I wasn't the only one wanting a cuddle last night. I had to share him with Natalie...
 And Pamela...

while Thimeo took the opportunity to have his mummy to himself for a few moments...

and then entertained us with acrobatics courtesy of his daddy, Anthony...

What a lovely evening it was and as we left we all agreed that we should organise a neighbours meal next.

When we get back after our wedding we will have them all round for a few nibbles, drinks and laughter round the table, with the children included. Whilst we don't always understand what's being said we do find that as the drinks flow, language skills improve and by the end of the evening we're all fluent in any language you care to name!

It's evenings like these which makes life in rural France such a delight!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Demoiselle and Dragonflies

We thought we would share a few photographs of Demoiselle and Dragonflies taken during our August Butterfly Survey...

We did record and take photographs of butterflies as well but not as many as we thought there would be at this time of year.