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Sunny August in Lodève

Posted by celiahukins on 09/09/2013

Salagou
Yes it’s hot in August, so early morning and evening are the best times to do things. The rest of the time you are allowed to have a long siesta and catch up with your reading in the shade.
Early morning (8 am start) was the best time for a walk around Lac du Salagou.
Music in the cool of the evening – the Tuesday Nocturnes continued.

nocturnes
In the cool of Olmet church Bruno al Monte played the guitar.

Bruno al Monte
Bruno al Monte
The stalls on the streets around Lodève had apricots and peaches; the apricots went well with the Pelardon goats cheese from Pégairolles which I bought at the Tuesday afternoon market.
Apricots and goats cheese
I couldn’t resist these sardines at the fish stall, which we ate fried quickly dusted in flour, served with lemon.
sardines
And now we have trouble trying to keep up with the vegetables from our garden.
garden veg

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Summer mornings

Posted by celiahukins on 30/07/2012

morning garden view
As it’s hot in the daytime, mornings before 10 am are the best time to be around – and the birds think so too. We have recently discovered a golden oriole in our garden – sorry no photo but here’s a link to its page on the RSPB website On a walk someone pointed out its song out to me – described by RSPB as a fluting whistle – and then I realised that that was what we were hearing in the garden. The next day the oriole showed itself. Presumably it had been there all along but we hadn’t known what to look for.

The nightingales are quiet now, and the birds no longer wake me at 5 a.m., but the cicadas chirp fiercely. The black redstart is still around.

And if you’re up in time it’s good to have a walk above Lac du Salagou.

Salagou

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Summer is here!

Posted by celiahukins on 12/05/2012


When I go into Lodève all the restaurants are laying their tables out in the street in anticipation of a busy lunch hour. The garden is full of flowers and the thermometer creeps up to 28 degrees.

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