Friday, 28 April 2017

560 plants arrive!

Maureen has been busy, very busy replanting the hundreds of small plug plants that arrived from the nursery in Staffordshire UK this week. Its amazing the system they use for postage. Each set of plants is very carefully packed in special containers to protect the roots and plant itself.

Plants came in trays of 40 or trays of 5 for the larger plants

The weather however is a little cold in the evenings at present so the plants are now in our small greenhouse where they will stay until ready for replanting into the garden, tubs and hanging baskets. 

We have also entered the 2017 regional flower garden competition where we won 2nd prize in 2016.

I have also just redecorated the rose bedroom in the cottage and it is looking very nice indeed, we are sure all our guests will be impressed! 

So we look forward to seeing all our guests in 2017.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

April news - Poisson d'Avril

Well April has certainly started the summer off with some good weather so far. We have enjoyed some light April showers followed by some wonderful rainbows.

The animals in the fields close to les Deux Platanes are making the most of the fresh green spring grass.
Heads down chaps!
The early flowers are also out with lots of perfumes in the air especially strong from the lilac.
The ex UK politician Micheal Portillo has re-invented himself as a train journey guide and last week he was on a lake in some remote part of Norway. He mentioned that in parts of Norway it was possible to 'listen to the silence' a very rare experience in a world where most people have a life full of noise from roads and life's other bustle. However here in central France we take 'silence' for granted especially in the evenings. We do have the noise of birds, frogs and the very occasional car but otherwise its possible to 'listen to the silence'. Recently we have also had some beautiful early evening sky's as the moon is low and looks like the sun.

Les Deux Platanes is situated in the hamlet of Le Breuil aux Gittons, a rambling hamlet of 32 houses and small farms all well spaced out on a winding road that eventually passes our door. We do however have a concentration of property and a small farm that could be described as the 'centre' of the hamlet. We are the only 'English' in this immediate area and we are surrounded by typical country French. We have a young lady 'farrier down the road, with her husband they often pass in a 'trap' just as you would see in 'Downton Abbey'. However despite everyone appearing to look very 'country' French  many have surprises such as another neighbour who arrived today asking to borrow my scaffolding.

yes this neighbour has a beautiful Corvette with all the extra bits plus 500 bhp.  
  More news later this month as the 'flowers' arrive!