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Monday, 9 May 2011


Just got back yesterday from our little trip away.  We had a really nice break, catching up with friends we'd not seen for a while, meals out, and just wandering around Marciac and the surrounding area.

These gates intrigued me - they lead nowhere.  Maybe there was once a house here, but it's long gone and now only the gates remain.

And just a short distance from there, I found this bee orchid growing all by itself on the grass verge at the side of the road.  It's the first one I've seen "in the flesh" so I was quite excited to find it.

We spent two nights at Camping du Lac with Rob and Louise, and then went to La Maison des Chameaux to stay with Sarah and Paul for her birthday party.  Brilliant night, lots of new people to meet, excellent food and, of course, loads of wine!

This is a very bad photo of Sarah learning to play the guitar (had a bit of trouble with the flash) but hope you can make it out.

This was taken in the barn next to the house.  Eric had taken his guitar and a small amplifier and set up there to play a little bit of music, when Sarah arrived and very quickly learned to play 2 or 3 chords.  When are you coming for the next lesson?

Sarah and Paul have two dogs, a Labrador and a Briard (spelling??) who recently produced TEN PUPPIES!!!!!!!  They are now four and a half weeks old and are extremely cute.  It was very difficult not to step on one and we had to watch our feet all night.  Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos, but ten puppies around one feeding dish was a sight not to be missed!  And poor Mum is starting to get a bit frazzled with ten of them wanting to feed all the time.

The next morning I walked around and took lots of photos of the animals before we left and set off back home - I'll make that the subject of a different post.  As usual, we didn't leave empty-handed - there was a large bin liner full of camel wool (guess what we were doing at midnight the night before . . . plucking camels!), another of, I think, sheeps wool (very soft and fine - Sarah found a huge sack of it at the side of the road, maybe it had fallen from a lorry?), beetroot, coriander, mint, elderflowers.  Luckily, we managed to get away without a puppy!!

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