Saturday, 26 September 2015

Lots of Rain and a New Walk

Sunday 23rd August

Very much a sunshine and showers day.

Chris was working on Harvey J’s step in the workshop whilst I was removing some old roofing materials that were buried in the earth at the front of the farmhouse.

Monday 24th August

We had torrential rain and strong winds most of the day.

The winds blew the acorns from the oak tree.

The horrible weather meant I could do some baking indoors!

I made a loaf and some Florentine slices.

In the afternoon I made some lasagnes.

Chris was under the hangar working on repairing the step in Harvey J.

Tuesday 25th August

Another very wet day.

Chris was still working on Harvey J’s step and also on the lock on the workshop door.

After lunch we decided to go for a walk to blow the cobwebs away. 

We took a different route down a quiet road that led to a small village. The road ended at the other side of the village but there was track which we walked down. There were wonderful views of the countryside. 

We were pleased we had discovered this walk. 

It took about an hour there and back which is about right for us...... 

........and the rain kept away the whole time we were out.

When we got back I caught up with a bit of ironing.

We have been watching some good films in the evening including 127 hours which we didn’t like the look of but turned out to be a very watchable film. We have also been working our way through the entire boxed set of Monty Python.

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx

Sunday, 13 September 2015

More Kitchen Finishing Touches

Saturday 22nd August

We added another finishing touch to the cottage kitchen in the form of this cute wire shelving.

We had ran out of bread so I made a Parmesan and sun dried tomato loaf.

I took the opportunity to use my new electric mixer with it's dough hooks.

The weather was lovely so we had an alfresco lunch......

...with snoozy time afterwards......

Another finishing touch to the cottage kitchen....the bench cushions that I had made with my Mum.....she’s a star as she did most of the sewing in the end!

They certainly make those hard benches more comfortable!

Thanks for visiting!

Maggie xx

Friday, 11 September 2015

Walking with......snakes!

Friday 21st August
A lovely sunny day today.

At midday, I was speaking to my son George on the phone and wandering round the back of the barn when I saw an adder (Vipera berus). We had seen one last year but this was the first one we had seen this summer. I wondered if it had been in the field and disturbed by the harvesting.

It was right on the edge of the path warming itself in the sunshine. I got close enough to take a photo but not too close. It was looking straight at me but didn’t seem bothered by my presence and I wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t seen it. Would it have moved before I stepped on it? Or if Spencer had sniffed it?! Apparently they're not aggressive unless threatened but we’re being extra careful about watching where we walk from now on! You might think I'm strange but I think they're rather beautiful and a distance!

In the afternoon I had my hair done...what luxury! The hairdresser came to the house. I think she was a bit shocked by the rustic charm of the place!! She’s English so it was easy to explain what I wanted. I don’t think I’m quite brave enough to enter a French hair salon yet! This lady was so nice and I was pleased with my hair so I will call on her again next time we are here.

Late afternoon the combine harvester started cutting the wheat again. They managed to finish the field this time and the baler came along later and finished the bales too.

Early evening and we added a couple of finishing touches to the cottage kitchen....the return of the coat hooks and a pre-loved plate rack.

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx

Another Beastie!

Thursday 20th August

The barley where the deer were playing yesterday morning has now been cut and baled.

In the morning we popped round to Gail and Rods for a cup of coffee and a chat. We were also offered delicious homemade scones and Breton biscuits.

After lunch Chris found a salamander in the hole where the water meter is.

Apparently their skin is quite toxic and it's wise not to touch them.

I finished scraping the paint off of the skirting board tiles and also scrubbed the underside of the kitchen table and mopped the floor.

Somehow that Winnie the Pooh has crept into the next 3 pics!

Chris put Harvey J under the barn and made a start on fixing the step.....with Spencer’s help of course.

It's been lovely to have your company!

Maggie xx

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Celebrating at the Seaside

Wednesday 19th August

Today....the first anniversary of our French house purchase! 

It’s gone so quickly although it seems like quite a while ago that we were nervously sat in the notaires’ office, listening intently to his words before signing the sales contract. A year down the line and absolutely no regrets!

The first thing I did today was to check out how much of the field had been cut. I don’t think they could’ve worked much part midnight. 

We saw some deer making the most of the barley!

At the back of our barn, we found parked the huge combine harvester! 

To celebrate our first anniversary here, we planned to have a day at the sea. I packed a picnic and we drove to Ty Anker on the West coast. There was a beautiful beach there that we had visited last year. Rather a wild beach with caves and a tide that came racing in rather too quickly! 

We arrived and unfortunately the beach was closed due to algae. We were a little disappointed until we drove along the coast a little. As you might expect, we found another beach. One part was smooth sand with holiday makers taking part in various activities such as sand surfing and flying kites. Luckily there was a rougher part of the beach at one end which it seemed to be acceptable to take dogs on. After our picnic lunch, we went on the beach. 

We had a chat with a nice English couple from Bath whilst Spencer and their dog played together (actually they were trying to steal each other’s tennis balls!) 

The weather wasn’t the warmest and we had sprinkles of rain hence my fleece and headscarf! 

Very reminiscent of summer holidays in Britain! I even had a bit of an earache from the wind!

When we had had enough fresh air, we headed back to Harvey J. 

Chris went up the steep path to see the old German gun emplacements.

There were fantastic views from up there.

We then headed home. 

When we arrived back, the combine harvester had been in action whilst we were out. 

There was a tractor with a baler which I enjoyed watching. 

It then started to rain so the farmer packed up and left.

Thanks for visiting!

Maggie xx