These are in fact caterpillar nests, constructed by the pine processionary caterpillar (chenille processionnaire) larva, who live in large ‘tents’ and march out at night in single file (hence the name) to feed on the pine needles.

Here in the P-O, we live amongst the vines but some grapes and raisins are believed to have a high toxicity for dogs, and can cause kidney failure. The most common early symptom of grape…

“L’homme est le seul animal qui rougit ; c’est d’ailleurs le seul animal qui ait à rougir de quelque chose.” George Bernard Shaw (rougir – to blush d’ailleurs - what’s more qui ait à rougir…

LOOKS CAN BE DECEPTIVE   Beware the Oleander shrub, popular in the P-O for its evergreen qualities and delicate flowers and planted in quantity to jazz up roadsides, and gardens. This deceptively pretty, low-maintenance plant…

“When the winter ended I decided I liked the rustic look of the log basket containing a few logs and so I kept it in my living space. As the warmer weather came I began…

 August Font-Romeu Espace « La Calme » Championnat de France inter-races de chiens de troupeaux Sheepdog championships National competition in which 22 of the best French sheepdogs will compete for the title of Sheepdog Champion…