Birds we heard included owls, nightingales and orioles; we saw lots of kites, buzzards, jays and green and spotted woodpeckers as well as more usual chaffinches and blackbirds. There were masses of wild flowers, as the small farms with animals are left empty. This is dropwort.
Meadow clary (sage family),
pyramid orchids all round the house,
lesser butterfly orchid on the grass verge
and a man orchid.
This unusal plant we identified as Bath asparagus, it was nearly 3 ft. tall.
We sat by this lake not far from the house one lunchtime with a cold beer in hand.
We visited a fabulous garden, Marquessac near Beynac, mainly topiary with great views of the River Dordogne in the valley below.
Beynac is a delightful place,
This sums up France to me, poppies
and walnut trees.
Happy memories as I wrap up here with an extra cardigan....