Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Photos someday

So you’re possibly wondering, what about those new cats.
Still in hiding.

Tyson is Out. He likes it out there. He is Out a lot, and I hardly see him.

Mia is In. She is in the library. Occassionally she is in the kitchen, in fact I found her there this morning, having a snack just as I got up to make coffee. She hissed at me as usual and made her way back to the library. She did not run as fast as she used to, nor did she cower in fear. So that’s progress.

Whenever Sienne passes in front of the library doorway, she takes a peek, just to check. Sienne is really Top Cat now, and she loves lording it over the others. Not the meek, cowardly Sienne I used to have, who needed companionship. I got her companions, and she treats them like enemies. She is indeed no longer bored and nervous, but it’s not the turn of mood I was hoping for. It has been more than a month now, and they should start getting along.

Next month there will be yet another cat, though just for a couple of weeks. Bella is coming back while her folks are on vacation, and it's just a bit long to be tossed outside with a big bowl of kibble in the garage.

Monday, July 27, 2015

yes, it does work

Here he is, the chef and chief bbq builder. He thought we'd never get back from our morning hike, Mariette & I. Started to get worried for his stomach. Well, it was 1:30 by the time I got home, and by then the coals were ready and the potatos were in their skillet.
Why yes, let's have a glass of rosé and some sausage while we're waiting for the main deal.
Nice little side of pork ribs, but it took its time.
And then we took ours.

Friday, July 24, 2015

ready for grilling

And there you have it!
We will probably take the rope off before lighting up a fire, now the glue has dried and the roof piece on the right will not slide off onto the ground.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We will have to go back

The next day we went up to Mont Dore for a morning hike around the heights. Quite different in the summertime.

There are blueberries up there, not too far from these trees. There are not too many, and they are just becoming ripe. We did not bring containers aside from our stomachs to hold them, so we will have to come back for picking some other weekend. Take the whole day just for enough to make jam - you can see why they're 25€ a kg at the market. 
Cross our fingers the cows don't get them all first, but they seem to like the grass up a little higher so maybe they will leave them for us.

A happy sunflower field! Sunflower fields are all over the place, but most of them are quite sad and droopy from this killing heat. They must spend a lot of water on this one.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Went for a morning walk near Boudes about a week ago. Mariette wanted to show me a bit of the more interesting geology in the region. There's this tiny area with some very pretty formations. The sun was so bright, though, that they're a little washed out.