20 November 2020



Our friends Bob and Alison have been staying in our house in France for the last four weeks while the renovation of their own house was completed.  

We're glad that the house has been occupied for a while and Alison sent me some photos.

 We have enjoyed being there at this time of year in the past.  The weather is always so much better than in our part of the UK.  Mixed of course, but generally brighter and less damp.  Of the winters that we have spent there the only really grim month is February.  But then February is grim almost everywhere!  

There are still plenty of leaves left on the lime tree and it has a new resident, a rather interesting fungus.

It's great to have these photos and to see that the place is still as lovely as we remember.  It does however rather torment us in that we wish we could be there ourselves.

The view through this cute little back window is delightful.  We no longer notice the multitude of electricity pylons that are everywhere!

How we wish we could be there!


  1. Nice photos for you. I think the fungus in your linden tree is probably honey fungus, which will eventually kill the tree. You've probably got a few more good years of it, but start thinking about succession soon. Leave the old tree as long as you can and don't plant the new tree too close. The honey fungus will be active for years.

    1. Susan, that's interesting, thanks for the info. I hope a "good few years" is long enough for us not to have to replace it, but, the way things are going, who knows, we may yet decide to become resident in France.

  2. Your friends have very long, Winter legs.

  3. I was amazed to read you were in England and not France during the lockdown, having caught up with your other blog postings I realise why you're here now. My sympathy with your father's current condition, you must miss France very much. xx

  4. You will be back, meantime it is good that the house has been occupied, Those blue skies make such a difference and luckily we have them in Italy too.

  5. How wonderful that you were able to help out friends while their house was being worked on. In time, we will travel again.