It's been a bank holiday weekend in France and the weather has been glorious. We have been getting on with work in the garden, first chore though was to get some new chairs and visit the garden centre, this meant a trip to Pau, where all the big out of town stores are.
No trip to Pau, would be complete without stopping off in the town centre for lunch, sadly no time for wondering round the more fashionable boutiques. We have plants to buy after lunch.
We arrived at our favourite restaurant early, plenty of tables available, within half an hour it was full.
Quickly had a chance to snap this chocolate shoe, where would you start?
Unusual for France, no dogs allowed in this shop, we had to wait while MG nipped in for something, Crusoe always manages to settle in the most inconvenient spot.
Back home in the garden, out with the old...
In with the new.
My latest Summer recipe, cucumbers, skinned, sliced in half and de-seeded, mixed with Greek yoghurt and cream cheese, seasoned to taste, garnished with chives and tomatoes from the garden, served with warm crusty bread.
Chives in bloom
New trees to plant, a silver birch and a fig tree, looking forward to fresh ripe figs served with melting Brie cheese.
Endless amounts of pots to fill......
A quick progress inspection, peonies and roses about to burst into bloom.
One has already opened.
Ooh had not noticed these had bloomed, hidden at the bottom of the garden.
Californian poppies, flourishing in the 'problem area'.
The next door neighbour was at it too, glimpsed through the trees on his sit on mower.
We even got some plants for the fish, so they can get some shade when the sun gets fierce.
MG continues while I pour wine.
Time to down tools.....
And have a chilled, glass of Rose.
Crusoe has the right idea.