April/May 2013

April/May 2013
April/May 2013
April/May 2013
April/May 2013

It starts! The guest kitchen is completed and an opening date of 17 May looms. Workmen are arranged to start on the solar panel installation once permissions have been granted by the commune – but the workers do not show up! Our first bed and breakfast guests arrive on 17th May for 4 days. We serve breakfasts and two evening meals. All the systems work and the visitors are delighted. They are followed the next week by the Luxembourg teachers, and then a walking group from the Merite Jeunesse and Helène, a local mountain guide. After all this time we have a gite d’etape to be proud of.

The cold weather early in the year delays all the flowers which all come out at once in a glorious show in Mid April, lasting through to the end of May. Many locals comment on the spectacular flora this year. Migration hots up: Black kite(17 on the 7 april, 8 on the 8th) kestrel, buzzard, marsh harrier, peregrine, short toed eagle. Black kites, honey buzzards and 4 red kites on 22 may. The first bee eaters on 20 april, honey buzzards starting on 20 april and then regularly after poor weather, with 10 on 20th may. Pied flycatchers arrive 15 and 16th May, white storks on 12 and 20 april, and a single black stork on 14 may. Black-eared wheatear are present, possibly nesting, in the area. Down at the lake at St Nazaire we saw 3 pairs of rollers, a male golden oriole, several bee-eaters and a jay all in one morning. What colours! How much will we see once we have the time to birdwatch rather more.