Wednesday, 20 February 2013

A Promise

There's a feeling in the air, a hint of something coming.  It's not just me, others have noticed it too - there's more activity going on, more people around, more of a bustle about the place.

I spotted this on a walk ten days ago, just before the snow fell :
Last week, I noticed that a certain dark bay horse is starting to do this :
and I saw a whole bunch of these guys sunning themselves, the same day :
The LSH thought this photo was insect porn, I disagree, I think they were just sunbathing.

Today I took the dogs for a walk along the ridge near Montjustin. I have to confess to having bought a retractable leash for Cookie, not something I ever thought I would do!  It's hard to see, but it stands out more clearly in the shadow :
She loves it.  Apparently it tastes delicious.
(Such behaviour is frowned on.  We've been frowning on it for 18 months now.  I don't think frowning is working.)

The ridge was just glorious.  The dogs had a great time, and it was nice and dry so I didn't have to worry about Cinny's wounds getting wet and dirty.  There were a few lizards trying to warm up in the sunshine, which both dogs thought was great fun.
There were loads of bees doing something very industrious at a puddle.  Don't ask, I have no idea.  I just hope you can see them.
I saw a hummingbird hawkmoth - a live one, this poor sod died last week trying to butt his way out of one of our skylights.
I saw two butterflies, and managed to get a photo of one
I saw a booted eagle too, soaring high above the valley floor, level with me.  By the time I got my camera out, he had soared right behind some trees.  Typical.

I saw a hint of leaf buds on an almond tree
and a more definite hint of blossoms to come :
Only a week after this
there is a definite promise of Spring in the air.

My promise is to stop being a lazy so-n-so and get my butt back in the saddle.  Cross my heart.


  1. Super photos again. You gotta love Cookie, she's a hoot! Butterflies are lovely but the bugs and moth give me the heebie geebies lol

    1. Easy knowing you're a JRT fan, FM! She's a right character.
      Provençe is full of bugs & other critters, apparently you have to have an open mind about sharing your house with such things to be able to successfully live here

  2. Spring is in the works - hallelujah!!

    Oh vicious vicious jack russell terrorist... that leash is so going down.

    I once referred to my monthly horse magazines as h*rse p*rn on my blog. Very interesting jump in traffic after that post. ;D

  3. You are so far ahead of us! But, March is approaching and it can't be soon enough for me. Great photographs!

  4. Cookie is hysterical, I was laughing out loud at the picture of her with her teeth showing and your "frowning" caption. Your blog is just great!

  5. Spring is definitely in the air where you are. Great pictures of everything. We've still got lots of snow and ice on the ground and really low temps.

  6. Insect porn! I love it :)
    And I was told last night that we're supposed to get snow this weekend. But then again, I was told on Sunday that it would rain all week so who knows...

    1. I'm just waiting to see what happens my traffic stats now after C&S's remark above!
      Francemeto have already toned down the weekend forecast, now its not supposed to snow/rain til monday. Woohoo!

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    1. I don't have to go all the way to Montjustin to pick it up, halfway between us & Montfuron I can join the far end of the ridge and walk eastwards towards Montjustin. It's such a great walk, and I even dared to leave Cookie off-leash for about half an hour this morning :)

  8. Insect porn--I love it!
    You are way ahead of us moving towards spring. We still have another month of rain/snow mix. And I suspect we'll get one more snow storm before winter is really over. But spring is in the air here too--the birds are beginning their mating calls, and we've tapped the trees for maple sugaring season!

  9. Seems you're frown is just not serious enough, I have the same problem with my terrorist though =)

  10. Spring is in the air!! Lovely photos!

  11. Cool photos! Shedding out is both my favorite and least favorite time of the year, ha.


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