Sunday, 6 June 2010

Round and About 5 - Part 72

This is  a series of pictures which I though may be interesting; they have been taken during the last month either on car or cycle trips around the Charente. I always carry my camera now!!
Bales of hay as far as the eye can see.

One little beetle sitting quite happily on this  grass head.


A quiet farm lane.

Ferns at the edge of the forest with a few remaining bluebells hidden in-between.

Forest areas beyond the fields. There are many ancient oak and chestnut forests in this area; follow the link for more details.

Deer and  wild boar live here in large numbers. The boar, (Sanglier in French), is a major cause of destruction to adjacent field crops.  The hunting season is a very busy time, with many groups of enthusiastic hunters, and it is good reason to keep out of the wooded areas during this period!  Even cycling on the smaller roads, I make sure that I wear very bright clothes:)

A whole field of lupine that looked so pretty. Note more forest area in the background.

Last, but certainly not least; this mule let out the loudest  whinny, ending in a hee-haw, which I have ever heard, as I took this photo. And all without bothering to get up!!

14 comments:

  1. What wonderfull photos you have here. Isn't it funny, we all probably take our cameras with us everywhere now. The last picture with the mule looks so perfect, almost like it should be made a jugsaw puzzle or something!

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  2. I am glad you always have your camera with you Diane! Thanks for taking me with you as you tour around your town!

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  3. Wow! It looks so peaceful there... Sometimes, I really wish we'd live somewhere in the countryside... Thanks for sharing, Diane!

    Have a fantastic week!
    Leesa

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  4. Lyndsey I always used to say "I wish I had my camera with me" I am at last remembering to carry it with me almost everywhere. Yes the mule is quite cute, a jigsaw could be fun! Diane

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  5. Linda, glad you are enjoying the tour around local spots, it is quite beautiful here. Diane

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  6. Leesa, I have spent quite a lot of my life in the country and I have to say I find cities very difficult to cope with. I like the wide open spaces. Diane

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  7. That is beautiful countryside Diane. Wish I could get out of the city to live.

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  8. Hi Joan, The country is so much more relaxing than the city life. As a former game ranger you must be very aware of this. Diane

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  9. Lovely photos Diane, you obviously hae an 'eye' for photography xx

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  10. Hi Roz, thanks for the comment. I think there is a lot of luck attached to it where I am concerned:) I have a very cheap digital camera with no macro, sometimes it works and very often it is a complete disaster. Diane

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  11. It all looks so pastoral. Of course, I'm not the one building fences and digging the garden :-). You have made a wonderful life for yourself and Nigel. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. I really want a mule... he is adorable... and isn't it amazing when they make that sound? Lovely photos... you live in paradise, Diane!

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  13. Hi Mary, I enjoy the work in the garden so it is fun for me.Have a good day. Diane

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  14. longpastremembered, I agree it does seem sometimes like paradise. I just love it here. Have a great day. Diane

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