Long time no news. Sorry. The move has taken a lot of energy and time and I have had nothing left for other activities such as blogging and emailing.
The past month has flown by. When we arrived it was still very wintery and cold. Heavy frosts each morning and the trees were completely bare. Within the month spring has gradually forged its way into being and we are seeing more sunshine each day (and more rainy days.... but that is another story) and an increase in temperature.
We are lucky enough to have three forsythia in the garden, which heralded the arrival of spring with a profusion of bright golden yellow blooms. So bright that it almost hurt your eyes to look at them after the long grey and bleak days of winter.
I have discovered wild strawberries, violets and cyclamens throughout the garden. In fact, our lawn is more of them than grass! Oh well, at least they are pretty. I have given the lawn a good feed, weeded and added grass seeds. Hopefully by summer we will have a nice lawn to enjoy. The scent of the violets has been amazing and the lawn has more purple flowers than green at present, so I am not too stressed. Yet.
The native annuals have popped up everywhere in the edges of the garden and it is a very pretty sight. I have been holding off on cutting the grass in certain patches so that they can flower and seed for next year. It gives a sort of wild meadow effect, which is not tidy and groomed, but a haven for bees and other insects and attracts the birds.
Our neighbours have many fruit and nut trees which overhang our boundary. We are going to enjoy almonds, hazelnuts and cherries courtesy of them. The picture above is of the cherry tree in full bloom. Really beautiful against a blue sky and with a lovely perfume too. It overhangs our terrace area, so will be convenient for sitting around and plucking fresh cherries for dessert after a bbq.
The vegetables are planted in raised garden beds and are flourishing. I have picked my first crop of rhubarb and made compote to eat with homemade yoghurt. A herb bed will be going in this week, and tomatoes after the weekend. There is still the occasional frost so cannot go crazy with the softer, less hardy plants yet.
We are really enjoying our new home and the area. The neighbours are all welcoming and kind, and it has been a pleasure interacting with people in our day to day lives. None of the stress and angst that you face in Paris.
More photos and posts will follow. I am in the midst of brewing strawberry ratafia, limoncello, and other goodies. A set of six art deco dining chairs is also in the process of renovation. Lots to do. Will try and keep you up to date with it all.