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.

15 thoughts on “A Promise

  1. 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!


  2. 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!


  3. 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 🙂


  4. 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


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