Easter Carnival on the French Riviera

Easter Carnival on the French Riviera

As spring arrives on the Côte d’Azur, towns and villages across the region come out to play.  Fêtes and celebrations of all sorts take place, heralding the end of winter and the arrival of the good weather.  Last year on Easter Monday we went to the Fête de l’Oranger...
Processionary caterpillars – what are they?

Processionary caterpillars – what are they?

On a recent day out to the mountains to check out the dire snow situation in the local ski resort we were taken aback by just how many caterpillar nests we saw in the pine trees and how much destruction they had caused.  There were vast areas of what looked like dead...
Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

It’s one of those #sitoutsideinatshirt kind of days which inspired me to grab my camera and take some photos of the signs of spring all around me.  My stroll took me no further than 5 minutes from Lou Messugo but look at what I found. The first and most obvious...
“It never rains in the South of France”

“It never rains in the South of France”

I’ve given in.  It’s not the normal sort of thing I like to write about, but enough’s enough. I have to admit it, we have rain.  And not just a little…deluges of the stuff.  The Riviera has gone wrong. Spring 2013 has been the wettest on record...
Spring garden – a photo essay

Spring garden – a photo essay

The garden at Lou Messugo, the lane and the land out the back are looking good.  Despite unfavourable weather conditions the flowers all around are doing their best to show us it’s spring-time. The pictures speak for themselves. Update nearly one year on: 4th of...

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