On Wednesday I packed up the car for the long trip to France, arriving on Thursday at 11.45pm.
After unpacking the car I headed for the supermarket. I just needed a few essential food items, wine being one of them.
As in the UK the weather here seems to have turned cold, throwing an extra log on the fire seems to be the way forward.
The dog seems to have settled into its new routine playing in the garden and investigating new routes around the hamlet.
On the wildlife front not much to report a couple of White Egrets hunting in the fields just down the lane.
On Saturday I set up my bird feeders in the garden, after a slow start one or two Blue and Great Tits appeared and one Robin.
On Monday I spotted a Hawfinch at the top of one of the Cherry trees, it didn’t stay long but I expect it will be back, they seem to be a regular visitor in winter.
Over the next few weeks I will be trying to photograph it if it stays around. Crested Tits and Firecrest are on my list if I we get some good weather.
Although Roe deer are common but they are difficult to get a good photograph of.
Red Squirrels are around but hard to track down as are Pine Martin (time to get the jam out).
Tuesday morning saw the arrival of a Great Spotted Woodpecker and the Hawfinch was back feeding on the ground next to my bird feeders. By midday a gang of House Sparrows had discovered the feeding station.
Wednesday in the garden Hawfinch again, took dog for a walk and overhead a flock of Cranes flew over.
Internet box arrived, took for ever to get it up and running due to user error.
Thursday and the internet is up and running. In the garden I had an excellent view on a Hawfinch just outside my kitchen window.
Friday and I am all set up to photograph it.
More to come