Saturday, 26 May 2018


As I mentioned, we got an earlier shuttle bus back from Giverny than we had planned. Without about 40 minutes till the train to Paris was due, we decided that we just about had time for a quick walk as far as the Seine and back, allowing for a (few) pauses for photos. It was a lovely old town, and we would certainly spend more time here if/when we visit Giverny again.

Old bank building to rent

Old and new

Old ad new...

Looking down the Seine

Maths lessons  

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

It's that time of year again...

There are chirps and cheeps coming from all over as the young fledglings are hatched.
C called me last night and said there was a robin feeding a young one on the back wall. I was in the middle of making cheese soufflĂ© for dinner so I only had  few minutes and just grabbed two shots.

But this morning, with half an hour to sit in the sun before heading out for the day, I took my camera and got a couple more. One shows the adult robin taking a well-deserved pause from feeding two greedy beaks; he sat there for a few moments ignoring the insistent chirps. And apparently one is never too young to enjoy a good sunbath.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Giverny part 3

Mostly in the house - which was very crowded and consequently not photo-friendly.

We had been planning to get a later train back to Paris, but at this stage in the heat we felt we didn't want to walk around the town just for the sake of it, and the shuttle bus for the earlier train was due to leave in about twenty minutes so we went for it - and the next post will be a few photos from a very quick walk we took in Vernon before the train. If we had been planning to get the earlier train, I think we might have felt rushed, but because it was a spontaneous decision when we felt we'd seen enough of the garden, there was no pressure on us. It was beautiful to see Giverny again, but I hope that our next visit will be an autumn one.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Giverny part 2

In the main area of the garden (mostly the tulip as you can see from the reflections was by the water).

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Giverny - part 1

We visited Giverny on the Friday of our trip to Paris. It wasn't our first choice of day, having just arrived on Thursday afternoon, but with a train strike scheduled for Monday, and thunderstorms for Sunday, we thought Friday was the best option. It was hot and sunny, as you can see. I'm breaking the photos down into three posts so that they aren't too picture-heavy.
The queues were much longer than on our last visit four years ago, but they were very proactive and ushered a lot of us in through the group entrance. Since that's just at the underpass to the water garden, we visited the water garden first.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Spring has Sprung

Even last week we still had a frosty morning and most people were still wearing hats and scarves. But just in time for the holiday weekend fine, warm weather has arrived and we took a quick trip to Farmleigh this morning.

I thought I would remember to make a post for my blogiversary - but somehow I misremembered that it was the first week in May when in fact my very first post was  of magnolia blossom in the Botanic Gardens in April 2009. We thought of the Botanics this morning but knew we didn't have enough time to really enjoy it.