We have been based at Taradeau this week although busy doing lots of things by remote (phone and internet) for Courmettes and A Rocha. A common theme of some things this week has been greenness, or more specifically, plants.
First, we’ve taken the decision to get rid of four cypress trees which have been allowed to grow two big: two of them are touching the house and the other two are overhanging the swimming pool and getting in the way of phone lines. To shift to the other end of the plant kingdom, the beautiful colour of our swimming pool means that we have got rid of all the algae.
Second, our garden is full of spring flowers: lots of violets and even an early orchid (Barlia). Some of the other small flowers are considered summer ones in Britain; here they have to flower quickly before the summer heat and dryness.
Elsewhere, there are lots of crocuses, blossom, anemones and other flowers, some of which we need to find time to identify. We’ve put some photos below. And today we saw the first swallow…