April/May 2014

April/May 2014
April/May 2014

Bookings for the new season start around Easter with several groups of walkers, some returning from last year. Our chambre d’hotes operation restarts, but with the addition, after much discussion, of a dishwasher which makes life much easier when catering for 10-12 people. We need to start the generator to provide the power, and there is also a warm water feed at 35 degrees to reduce power use. Water use is much reduced of course using a dishwasher in place of washing up bowls, not to mention improved hygiene, and time savings. David returns to UK for a family visit at end of May, and then does a mountain guide course before going off for his hip operation.

It’s a stunning spring, with the first cistus in bloom on 1 April. Visits to Canet lake and Aigumolls add glossy ibis, marsh sandpiper, wood sandpiper, temmincks stint, whiskered tern, gull billed tern, black tern and collared pratincole to our local list. Near the house there are many pied flycatchers on 27 april, 30+ black kites on the 29th and delicate Provence orchids next to the path up to Madeloc. May sees only one sighting of black eared wheatear on the 1st, the first singing melodious warbler on the 6th, 27 black kites and 17 white storks on 9th and 22 honey buzzards on 12th after poor visibility on 11th, plus all our usual residents and summer visitors. What a place!