Thursday, 30 June 2011

Beautiful insect




Look what we found in the school today! Don't know what it is but, boy! What a colour - the green is really the greenest green I've ever seen on a beetle...the oddest thing is, he (or she) had RED wings underneath the green - unfortunately, missed the photo but maybe next time.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Phew! Think cool thoughts...it's the Spanish Plume




My dear old Dad used to say that when it's hot, imagine cool water - anything will do, a river, a waterfall, a lake... well here are three little oil paintings I recently put up for auction, and sitting here in the shuttered semi-dark, trying to think cool, I have been looking at the scenes on the computer screen, and do you know, it's beginning to work...

You can read about them here and here (one is already sold) and they are all from villages in the Pyrenees, where today it is only 34 degrees c, poor things...

It was 39.5c on our well-head this morning...it's too hot even to go and fetch in the washing - all my daughter's red teeshirts - and yes, I did remember to hang them up inside-out so the sun doesn't fade them so quickly. Unfortunately, I accidentally left in a piece of white linen in the washing machine and now it's the colour of rose-pink...

Keep cool...

Thursday, 23 June 2011

French Health Service - a U-turn!





The French have been forced to do a U-turn on their health policy - Brits, and other EU people can retire early to France - and still get health cover, the same as other ex-pats who have been here more than 5 years, and also the same as the French! (and it is an excellent service...) More about it here - with thanks to French-Property.



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