Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fly away home

Here's a coccinelle (what I call a ladybug) looking like it's enjoying a drink from a raindrop. I've noticed many of these in our vegetable garden. They're good for the garden because they eat aphid larvae, and aphids can do a lot of damage if left unchecked.

La Coccinelle is the French name for Herbie the Love Bug. In fact, VW Beetles are generally called coccinelles in France.

All of us slept through the fireworks on Friday night. We had the window closed on that side of the house and the fan was going, so we didn't hear anything. Tasha didn't need to go out until five this morning. Once we were outside, I could hear loud music in the distance. It was either a party on the next road over, or there was a car parked out in the vineyard with it's stereo going. Thankfully, we could not hear it inside the house.

In other news, we caught the mouse. I presume the trap behind the sofa snapped some time during the night. The poor thing. It died munching on a piece of goat cheese. From Valençay. The only thing missing was a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc. French mice die with class.


  1. Brilliant photo! Grateful for ladybugs ... and double-glazed windows!

  2. I came close to sputtering out my drink on the keyboard at your last sentence.

  3. LOL about the mouse. I wrote two notes on Ken's blog yesterday, but they both disappeared while I was posting- that has never happened before. Tasha is such a good pup, I'm glad you have her.

    1. Evelyn, I have been having that happen every day, lately, on both blogs... I write my comment, and then suddenly the page refreshes, and the message disappears before I can click on publish. Annoying! I don't know what Blogger is up to :(

      Good news on the weather, and treating the little mouse to a local farm ingredient LOL.

    2. Hi Evelyn, the same thing happened to me yesterday or the day before. As usual, I wrote a brilliant and very witty comment, and Google made it disappear. I wonder whether they want to get rid of Blogger because it doesn’t bring enough money? It sure doesn’t work as smoothly as it used to! They repeatedly ask for identification on my tablets.

    3. I also left a message, but it took three tries to say what a wonderful tart. I sent Ken an email asking if there was malware or something going on.

  4. Poor little mouse, but what a way to go!

  5. mitch, I love finding ladybugs in the garden.

    andrew, ha!

    evelyn, sometimes blogger just has a mind of its own.

    judy, he was a very cute mouse. He chose the death trap instead of the catch-and-release trap at the other end of the room.

    emm, :)


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