Mid winter in the Pyrenees

Mid winter in the Pyrenees

It’s been a funny old winter so far. Yes, the first fall of snow came as usual on the final weekend of November. But it was only a few centimetres, not the two metres we had the year before and it was gone in a few days. December came and went in warm sunny days […]

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Snow on the mountains despite the warm winter

Snow on the mountains despite the warm winter

This winter has been unusually sunny and dry, with just a few mm of snow at the end of November. Since then, the pattern has been cold, freezing at night then blue skies in the morning with the sun soon warming up the hillside. Some days it’s been 18-24 degrees Centigrade in the sun. Crazy […]

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Surrounded by house martins getting ready to migrate

Surrounded by house martins getting ready to migrate

0700, alarm goes off, stumble downstairs in the half-light to make tea… the sun pops over the Col de Port over to the east and lights up the hillside as though a million stadium lights suddenly switch on. Glancing out of the kitchen glass doors, I’m aware of movements… dozens of small birds wheeling around […]

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