Sunday, 16 June 2013

What you will see when I return to posting again at the end of June (I hope!),


What with all the post-holiday effects and so much to do on our return home, I will not be blogging regularly for a while yet!   We are extra busy catching up with house and garden, especially with the fruit trees, which are heavy with fruit, so they are very time consuming. Added to that, we have visitors coming!  I  posted my daily diary here by mistake the other day, but despite removing it fairly quickly and putting it in the correct place, there were a number of comments, and then emails from people who could not see the post. Sorry, but it is now at its proper place at http://photodiarydps.blogspot.com.  I have also moved the comments there as well.   The other reason for holding back is because I do not currently have the time to properly visit all your blogs and I have sooooooo many photos to edit!!!

Here is a small photographic taster, from our travels outside the Charente, with much more when I get back to normal:-)
A visit to Carcassonne. A historic fortified French town in the Aude department,  not  far from the Mediterranean.
A trip to Barcelona in Spain.
Part of our sumptuous stateroom on the cruise ship Liberty of the Seas.

The gymnasium on the ship.
A visit to Monaco, just before the Formula 1 GP took place
The Sphinx room on board ship.
Mount Vesuvius, just outside Naples
Snow on the Pyrenees - a rare sight in May, we are told!
Off to the UK!
'Visiting' both our families at Haycombe Cemetery near Bath
A visit to my grandparent's old house at Batheaston.  Sadly the two garages have been built in front of it, so it was impossible to see it properly!
Back home in the Charente, a blackbird takes a bath.
The bees are busy
as are the butterflies. This is "Small tortoiseshell" Aglais urticae

38 comments:

  1. Glad you're enjoying yourselves.

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    1. We had a great time Rosaria, thanks for the comment. Diane

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  2. Enjoy your company. Sure look forward to posts about this exotic looking journey.

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    1. Gaelyn we were treated like royalty on the cruise, our friend is a VIP on the ship :-)Keep well Diane

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  3. You've been very busy! I bet it was wonderful to get away.

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    1. Nadege, busy but having fun other than another dose of bronchial pneumonia while on the ship!! The Italian Dr on the ship was great tho' and had me back up and running quickly even if at 1/2 speed :-) Keep well Diane

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  4. so happy you are having fun summer. enjoy it as much as you can!

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    1. Thanks Jaz, I miss my blog friends but I will be back as soon as I can. take care Diane

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  5. I am so jealous! The pics area gorgeous.

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    1. Sallysmom, I was jealous that people actually can holiday this way, only our very good friend made it possible for us. Thanks so much for the comment Diane

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  6. Your pictures are beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Carol, I hope that I will be back up and running on a weekly blog very soon. Thanks so much for the comment. Diane

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  7. It sounds like a wonderful way to spend the summer. We are hoping to stay in Florida all summer but we'll see if we can survive the heat! Enjoy your fresh fruit! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Lavender Dreamer thanks for the visit and the comment, we both find the heat easier to cope with than the cold, this year has been a very long winter here! Keep well Diane

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  8. Looks like you had a wonderful holiday and are back to full fledged summer in France. I had a quick holiday and am beginning to edit and post some of it. So many photos so only some will get featured. I know you know what I mean, lol. Have a good time with visitors.

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    1. Thanks Joyful, we had an amazing holiday, just wish I had not taken quite so many photos!! I hope you are well, will try to visit your blog soon. Diane

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  9. Looking forward to your thoughts on the Aude area.

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    1. Leon and Sue, it was quite a rushed trip and we would love to see more. It is a beautiful area. Take care Diane

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  10. Such busy trip ! Hope you're having a lovely time. Love those photos.
    Blessings, Kristy

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    1. Thanks Kirsty, hopefully I will be back soon with the rest of the photos. Take care diane

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  11. So lovely to see you are back. I missed your posts.
    As ever, beautiful pictures, but my favourites have to be the bee and the butterfly.

    Welcome back!

    Red

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    1. Boye By Red, I wish I could add a few extra hours to the day but I need my sleep so that does not happen. Thanks for missing me :-) I will be back soon Diane

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  12. Hi Diane .. you have been busy - and what a wonderful itinerary .. better if the weather had been kinder .. all the things I'd love to do .. not sure about the cruise bit - but your suite looks pretty sumptiuous - gorgeous photos .. good luck with sorting the garden and house out - bet thre has been lots of growth while you've been away .. enjoy being outside .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary we would never have dreamt about going on a cruise if we had not been offered the trip by a friend, it was amazing, we were thoroughly spoilt and treated to the best of everything. More to follow..... Take care Diane

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  13. That's certainly whetted my appetite! Look forward to your return Diane. Lovely photos and that cabin looks fabulous. I bet you didn't want to leave!

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    1. Craig the state room was fantastic, will get back to the blog as soon as I have a little more time in my life. Take care and thanks for following. Diane

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  14. It looks like this is going to be an exciting series of photographs when you get them posted, Diane. I'm looking forward to following this vacation, hopefully slowly, so I have time to absorb all of your beautiful pictures!

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    1. Marjie I hope that everyone enjoys it as much as we did. It will be slow so don't worry about that. I am beginning to think that blogging is a winter occupation when not so much to do in the garden and the house!! Hope that all is well and I love your new puppy :-) Diane

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  15. It's nice to see you back and I'm looking forward to all your photos. It sounds like you had a grand trip and saw a lot of great sites, and I can easily imagine how busy you are playing "catch up" at home!

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    1. Thanks Pam, we did have a wonderful trip so I will not be posting much about the Charente for a while, so much else to write about. Keep well Diane

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  16. Oh my goodness Diane, what a wonderful trip this seems to have been. I am really looking forward to seeing the rest of the pics and reading about it. Good to have you back.

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  17. Glad to see you back even if only briefly. It looks like you had a fabulous holiday. I am looking forward to reading all about it even though I have also cut down on blogging time.

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  18. Well, you've definitely been seriously busy. I'm very jealous of the stateroom. I've been to the Pyrenees in May, but it was so foggy that I'm not sure if there was any snow or not.

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  19. What a trip! I tried to see this before and it wasn't working. good to see it's back again to see all those wonderful pictures! Love the sites and imagine it must have been a fabulous trip... so many places.

    It was awful to see the garage in front of the house. I had something similar happen when I saw my gramps old place that had undergone some horrid changes... didn't look like an old castle anymore!

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  20. DEAR DIANE, WHAT A PITTY WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IN FRONT OF YOUR GRANDPARENTS HOUSE, IT IS STILL A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE, BUT THOSE GARAGES HAVE NOT MADE IT ANY BETTER.

    I JUST CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR RETURN AT THE END OF JUNE TO READ ALL ABOUT YOUR WONDERFUL TRIP. TAKE GOOD CARE AND ENJOY THE SUMMER WORKS AND THE VISITORS. BIG HUG

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  21. Looks like a very nice trip!:)

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  22. These are absolutely amazing photos of your trip Diane. Oh I wish I could travel as much as I would like to, like you do!

    I too, took a week off from blogging, we went to another state and had an early summer vacation. Good for you, you have posted already, I haven't had the chance to post any of mine lol.

    PS. Sorry if my blog is giving you trouble about the G+..

    Rose

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    1. Rose all G+ blogs are giving me trouble, maybe because I have a slow connection, I do not know. I cancelled it because I could not get my own blog to work!! This was a very special trip thanks to a very good friend who hosted the cruise for us. We would never have gone with out him. Keep well Diane

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