Curiosity…

Curiosity…

Monsieur Sanglier curious about the camera while his family drink and rootle about for the apricots we put out to entice them to visit. They spent a quarter of an hour on a nose-tip search cleaning up every last one. We are having to fill up the drinking tubs every couple of days, so many animals are helping themselves in this hot...
Thirsty pigs

Thirsty pigs

This family of wild boar came for a drink just before midnight to one of our watering holes – three adults and five young called marcassin still with the stripes typical of piglets visible on their flanks, which makes them between 3 and 4 months old. We put out tubs and keep them filled with water in the summer, so the boar drink there and don’t try to chew the irrigation system pipes or pull off the...
Giant Thistle!

Giant Thistle!

With thistles as big as this, we should be growing them commercially here instead of olives. This Cotton Thistle (Bot: onopordum acanthium) was nearly 2 metres high! The thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286), usually thought of as the Cotton Thistle because of its impressive size, though it is doubtful the Cotton Thistle existed in Scotland in medieval times as it likes hot, dry summers. In the 19th century, it was introduced into America as an ornamental cultivar, but now it’s considered a major agricultural and wildland noxious...
Flowers everywhere…

Flowers everywhere…

Just a few of the flowers out at present, lilies behind the house and the delightful blue Canterbury Bells (Bot: Campanula, a biennial which self-seeds all round the house) with lovely pink Valeriane Rouge (Bot Centranthus ruber) which grow out of every restanque...

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