|Rhododendrons and azaleas are lovely at the moment|
|The aquilegia (anconi in French) have such lovely colours|
The entrance to the cottage has been receiving a makeover this spring with some new paintwork and new woodwork so its all looking very nice for all our cottage guests this summer.
|All looking very tidy and ready for the summer of 2013|
One of our recent guests was a keen photographer and managed to collect a range of photos of animal guests visiting the garden.
|Now this hedgehog looks interested in posing for the camera!|
|A lizard creeps along a wall to catch a spot of sunshine.|
We had a bit of a trip out on Monday as it was a bank holiday here. A lady we met had told us about a distiller up on the Cher between Chenonceaux and Montrichard, so we thought we would try to find him. We did - at Chissay-en-Touraine. He distils fruit into eau-de-vie and also crèmes. We tasted one or two finally deciding on crème de peche. It will be lovely with peach desserts, or even in a kir. Can't wait to try it! The distiller has offered a free visit to his workshop for anyone staying in the cottage. He offers tours in the afternoons, and he speaks English. A morning visit to Chenonceaux, followed by lunch, then a short trip along the river to his place for the 3pm tour would make a nice day out.
His website is : http://www.distillerie-girardot.fr