Monday, 4 July 2016

Bicycle Bicycle Bicycle






This photograph of me and my girlies was taken in 2001.  I never dreamed that over a decade later I would be a semi-serious cyclist.  In those days I could hardly cycle any of the hills around here at all without stopping for a rest.

Beautiful sunshine on our ride out this morning.  A pine marten slunk across the road, he took his time and spent a few moments looking at us before continuing on his way.  Unlike the brown hare that was running as if Beelzebub was after him, gosh they can run fast.



I picked the first French beans and cherry tomatoes from the potager today to make a salad nicoise for lunch.  Love these summer days of long, leisurely lunches.  We had finished eating and were feeling very tranquil and relaxed when suddenly a sparrow hawk swooped in like a stealth bomber and tried to take one of the sparrows perched on the house roof.  He was so close you could feel the draught from his wings. (Paul says I’m exaggerating.)  He circled the courtyard a couple of times before disappearing into the distance so we think he may have missed out on his lunch this time.  The sparrows were very quiet afterwards. 


16 comments:

  1. Talking of green beans, is that your entry in the veggie comp on John's blog?

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    1. Ha-ha, yes. I thought I'd better use the beans!

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    2. I just made a tongue in cheek comment.

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  2. Lovely picture of you with the girls. You look all mumsy.

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    1. All mumsy were the borogoves...

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    2. Not familiar with it. But you don't seem mumsy to me now. Which is a good thing. Just living your life.

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    3. I have always loved the " jabberwock" poem. I used to know it off by heart. Fabulous words! Just come over to see you from Rachel's blog. I wonder if we were at Saumur campsite at the same time..stranger things have happened ! My youngest is 29 now, and he would have been about 5 when we were there…24/25 years ago I guess. I read all the same blogs as you I think, ( and probably a few more). It looks as if you live in France? My 'real' name is Sue too. I will put your blog on my bookmarks, and hopefully get to know you a bit more.X

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    4. Hello Frances! My youngest is also 29 but I think she would have been about 8 or 9 when we were at Saumer. It was a last minute holiday and the start of our love affair with France. We bought our French house in 1999 and currently spend half the year out here. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  3. Beautiful daughters, are they twins?
    I like your table setting and the pretty flowers in the background. You have very good taste.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. No, not twins. Sarah (in the middle) is the eldest and now lives in Sydney, Kat is younger by two years and lives in the UK. Sometimes I wish I could turn the clock back.

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  4. That looks almost identical to our yesterday's lunch.

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    1. 'Cro's pate' today (the one you recommended from Leclercs).

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  5. Re your comment to Maria, i feel so too, i want to correct all the mistakes...

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    1. I have happy memories but I just wish time didn't pass so quickly.

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