When I went out early yesterday morning for my walk with Callie the collie, I stopped in front of our old garden shed and had a look at the shutters on its only window. I don't even know why it needs shutters on it, but there they are. And they really need — do you detect a theme here? — a fresh coat of paint.
I unlatched a shutter from the exterior wall so that I could move it and examine the other side, wondering whether the shutters were just too decrepit to be re-painted. As it pivoted on its hinges, I saw what I at first thought was a gigantic moth or beetle clinging to the top of the shutter.
The bat behind the shutter
Then I realized that it was a bat. A tiny bat, not more than three or four inches long. It was hanging upside-down on the shutter, spending the daylight hours in the dark up against the wall of the shed. I snapped a few pictures, but when the little bat started to move I quickly put the shutter back in its original position and left the animal alone. We see a lot of bats swooping around at dusk, but we seldom see one sitting still. I bat in French is "a bald mouse" — une chauve-souris.
There was a beautiful sky yesterday morning and I snapped a lot of pictures of the clouds. Here are two of them.
I continue examining the grapes. As Walt mentioned, a lot of the bunches out farther from our house don't look great. It seems really mixed. In a few places, and for some reason in the vines closest to us, the grapes are really beautiful. Here are a couple of pictures I took yesterday.
Not sure what these are. Gamay? Cabernet Franc? Pinot Noir?
My sources tell me that these are Grolleau grapes. Grolleau is a local blendng variety.
I've started work on another radiator that needs re-painting, and now I know I also need to paint the shutters out on the shed. And I still have several window ledges to paint.