|our lime tree in flower|
Last year we came over to exchange contracts for our house in early June [the 8th to be exact] and the vendors invited us for coffee at the house before we went off to the notaire. At the time the large lime tree at the corner of our barn was in peak flower and you could hear the bees humming from quite a ways away.
This year, that's happening now; about 3 weeks earlier! We stood and listened yesterday evening--the whole tree was swarming with honey and bumble bees and the hum was intense.
Underneath the lime tree is a solitary orchid which will flower soon, and there are another 3 under an old cherry tree close to our boundary with the neighbour's orchard. According to Susan they look to be the same species
--monkey orchid correction: lizard orchid [sorry Susan, our mistake] but we won't know for sure until they open. Another 3 or 4 have decided they are not going to flower this year; probably due to the very dry conditions. But as a lovely bonus this little bee orchid popped up out of nowhere under some of our pine trees. Quite a surprise as the soil there is bone dry.
Today we've been busy assembling. The week has been rather frenetic work-wise which meant that the BBQ we bought a little while ago was still sitting it its flat pack. Until this morning....
Armed with the tool box and large bottle of water--by 10:30 am it was already pretty warm--we were ready to "do battle" with the screws, bolts and confusing instructions. This was a bone fide French LeRoyMerlin flat pack--the super league! On the front of the instructions it indicated that assembly would take 45 min and require 1 person!
|spanking new BBQ|
Such optimism! How 1 person should be able to hold 3 different lengths of metal tubing together and simultaneously put in screws and nuts was not clear. Both being proud owners of "I have assembled Ikea flat packs and survived" badges we decided to tackle the task together. And though it did take us more than twice as long we now have a BBQ. Hurrah!! In fact it's the first one we've had in ages. We've gone for a traditional charcoal one with a lid so that if it does rain it won't end up having coal and ash floating in a pool of water.
Speaking of the weather, which I know we are all going on about a bit; there's still no rain so we have put out a DIY bird bath--wood stump with shallow terracotta dish. Some promising thunder heads appeared mid afternoon but no shower. So far only the bats have been drinking from the bath at dusk. We've positioned it so that there's no cover for the cats to creep up on it so hopefully we won't have any fatalities.