Monday, 31 August 2015

What's that noise?!

Tuesday 18th August 

Grocery shopping was a must this morning as we had nearly ran out of food! We were just about to pop out to the supermarket when Henri arrived with a big box of fresh veggies. 

This meant I could cross a few items off my grocery list!

In the afternoon I washed and prepared the vegetables.

After spending the rest of the day pottering, we went to bed about 11pm. We were just dozing off when we heard the sound of machinery. 

Chris looked out of the window and there was a combine harvester cutting the wheat in the next door field. I was pretty excited about this and stayed up to watch for a while. 

I then went back to bed and dozed off. 

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx

Lucky Horse Shoe

Monday 17th August 

It was a gorgeous day today. 

I spent some time scraping the paint off the tiled skirting board and cleaning the floors tiles around the edge of the floor. 

I washed all of Spencer's toys and hung them out to dry. 

Nice and fresh and clean!

Beautiful blue skies today. 

I took some hammock time after lunch. 

Chris and the electrician spent most of the day digging a trench for the copper earth. 

It proved to be a tricky task as they found the first 18 inches was gravel before reaching the soil. In the end they filled the trench with soil from near the pond. Apparently the copper wire must be surrounded by soil as gravel doesn't conduct electricity. 

After tea I dug a small border outside the cottage. I had some Monarda plants in pots that needed to be planted in the ground. 

Hey presto.....I have my first little flower garden!

Max seemed to approve. 

When Chris had been digging near the pond earlier he had found this charming old horse shoe.....back from the days when the house was an inn and the horses were tied up outside?

Thank you for visiting!

Maggie xx

Friday, 28 August 2015

The Last Coat of Paint

Sunday 16th August

Today Chris dug a hole and filled it with concrete for our new postbox. 

I made a rosemary and garlic focaccia......

......and in the afternoon painted the last coat on the kitchen wall. 

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx

The One that Escaped our Notice

Saturday 15th August

Today we made our somewhat regular trip to Scaer. 

We went for a nice walk along the Voie Verte. 

The fields with their bales looked beautiful. 

Spencer enjoyed a swim in the river as always. 

We ate lunch in Harvey J. 

The plan was then to go grocery shopping. We visited three supermarkets in Scaer and Gourin and found them all closed in addition to Gourin seeming like a ghost town. We realised today must be a French holiday that had escaped our notice. 

We found out later on that it was the religious holiday for the Assumption. 

Luckily we had enough food to see us through the weekend......just no fruit or coffee!

We went home and did some gardening with thoughts of delicious family feasts occurring in French homes across the land!

It's been lovely to have your company!

Maggie xx!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Barbie's Hair

Friday 14th August. 

We awoke to torrential rain!

The electrician arrived early and finished off a few tasks during the morning. 

We debated about going shopping but decided to leave it until tomorrow. A decision we would regret!

It was such a miserable rainy day and rather than being stuck indoors, we decided to don our waterproofs and wellies and take Spencer for a walk along a track nearby. 

We kept him on the lead for the first part as there were some very curious cows in the field along the track and last time Spencer had spooked them. 

This time they followed us right along the track. 

This girl looked like she was ready to give birth. 

We walked on a bit further where Spencer could be let off the lead for a while. 

We then reached a field of maize. 

I'd never seen these flowers on the maize before. 

They look like doll's hair!

Maybe Barbie!

We then headed home. 

Chris found this unusual beetle, sadly with a back leg missing. It was at least an inch and a half long. 

I made a savoury bake for tea using the marrow Henri had given us and some Bolognaise sauce. It was tasty and a good way to make marrow a bit more interesting. 

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx