>Another beetle update / Mise à jour des scarabées encore


The beetles were back this morning.  We put one in a jar and I took it to show our neighbour.  He immediately squashed it and confirmed what Gintoino said, that they attack cabbages.  So the others have now been squashed.  They were pretty but they had to go.

Notre voisin a confirmé ce que gintoino a dit – les scarabées attaquent les choux.  Il a écrasé le scarabée que je l’ai montré et nous avons écrasé les autres.  Ils étaient beaux, mais ils devaient mourit.

I’m pleased with our garlic this year, grown from bulbs I bought in the market last autumn and much better than last year’s.  It’s delicious chopped fresh on salads or the heads grilled whole on the barbecue.

L’ail est bon cette année. C’est delicieux cru est frais avec les salades ou les têtes grillées entières.

Garlic fresh ……..
grilled ……
DSC06528 and eaten.

Wildlife in the garden / Faune au jardin

a dragonfly /  une libellule
and a marbled white butterfly / et un papillion marbré blanc.

But amid the sunshine and days spent enjoying meals in the garden, a reminder on the Guardian food blog today that there are ‘no gourmets in Gaza’ because the Israeli blockade is preventing basic food and fuel from getting to the population, including three quarters of a million children who are the most seriously affected.  According to Alex Renton’s post the UN says that

more than 10% of children are so malnourished their growth has been stunted. This proportion is growing rapidly. Anaemia due to lack of protein is another persistent problem – affecting 65% of children and 35% of pregnant women.

An inhuman collective punishment for an entire people.

>No calm for some / pas de tranquillité pour certains


I’ve mentioned in this blog before the violent destruction of the symbol of peace, the olive tree, in Palestine. While we in the Midi are experiencing the calm after the weekend’s storm, in Palestine the destruction of the past few weeks has been much, much worse than we can imagine. Families have had their homes and livelihoods – their olive trees – obliterated by war and young children, who cannot be blamed in any way for the conflict, are living in the open air in the middle of winter.

In Britain, the BBC refused to broadcast this appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee. Please watch the video and, if you possibly can, help the DEC.

J’ai déjà parlé sur ce blog autour de la destruction du symbole de la paix, l’olivier, en Palestine. Pendant que nous dans le Midi vivons cette semaine la tranquillité après la tempête, en Palestine la destruction pendant ces dernières semaines a été beaucoup pire que nous pouvons imaginer. Les foyers des familles ont été anéantis et leur gagne-pain – les oliviers – aussi. Des milliers de petits enfants qui ne sont pas responsable pour le conflit, doivent dormir en pleine air en pleine hiver.