Thursday, 3 March 2016

February through to March

Well what can one say about February it's a grim month and seems to drag its heels I just want spring to arrive.  We waited for the grues to make an appearance they lift the spirits and are such a spectacular sight I feel very lucky that we are on their flight path, apart from grey skies wind rain and cold that about sums up February not just 2015 it's been the same this year also 😕

March wasn't much better weather wise it was up and down some beautiful spring like days then the temperature would plummet lots of tree cutting and tidying up but nothing exciting happened 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Update after a 2yr break

Well! A lot has happened since I last made an entry on this blog and it suddenly occurred to me that I should update it.

Not sure where to start my last entry was Christmas 2013 but I think I will begin with January 2015.

After an enjoyable New Year's Eve I think I got a bout of food poisoning well maybe a tummy upset it kept me on the loo for about 18hrs no sickness or pain, I kept thinking this is what a colonic irrigation must feel like, after it settled down I was a bit scared of eating anything so just kept it to very simple light meals. After a natter with my sister in SA she was telling me about Banting an eating lifestyle popular in SA which follows the HFLC when I looked back at what I had been eating it contained very few carbs so I decided to carry on with my regime and started to cut down on my sugar intake it was a real surprise at how much sugar was in food stuffs.

At the beginning of January we acquired a new cockerel called dottie he has turned out to be a lovely lad not aggressive and is gentle with his ladies.

January wasn't a good month we sat for Three days watching the Paris shootings at the Charlie hedbo offices it was so shocking....again sister in SA was calling to our horror we had been very near to the area on our visit to Paris June 2014......We do love Paris ♥️

The only other event in January was my decision not to go back to French lessons I came to the conclusion that I was too thick to carry on and expensive, I will try again one day but I'm getting older!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Nearly end of the year

Mid November and the grues finally flew south they really do bring the cold weather I imagine them like an aeroplane advertisiment pulling a blanket of cold over us they were later this year and over a longer period I heard the first ones end of October and watched a huge flock of them yesterday so roll on my 6th winter 

Restaurant la cremmerie review

In the style of my sister over at  

This restaurant is a very typical french workers dinning experience and on both my visits (did I mentioned I have been twice) the dinning room was full and busy.  We had not booked but a table was found for 6  and once seated we immediately had the obligatory bread basket and water we all ordered the 12 euros plat de jour which the waitress informed us was.......the only part I understood was chicken everyone nodded and agreed on vin rouge. First course was a terrine which was really quite nice and I managed to eat most of it but evidence of vinigar made me suspect it may of been tripe of some description I didn't inform the others because we had two picky eaters and they seemed to be enjoying it, the main course was a stuffed chicken breast, green beans wrapped in poitrine and little potatoes all cooked in garlic it was divine this was followed by a large cheese board with 5 different cheeses polished off with the remaining bread could we fit in the dessert?...........only just we had the choice of pannacotta, gateau, fondant au chocolat, tarte tatin, iles flottantes or creme caramel last was a cafe noir with the little coffee bean looking biscuit which I had 3.  It took over 2hrs to polish this lot off ........l'addition s'il vous plaĂźt


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Highs and Lows........

August has been a busy old month and its not my favourite time of the year......birthdays let you know your getting older along with the drawing in of the days, the holiday makers slowly disappear, the television is rubbish, the night markets have finished and Bob has had his three weeks holiday but for once we had fantastic weather, so with no major jobs to do we spent the first week sat in the sun listening to the cricket.

We seemed to have eaten out a lot this month three birthday celebrations and umpteen times with visitors has left me feeling like a heffalump.......GREAT!

At the end of July my English neighbours decided it was time to put their house on the market with a two year plan, both over 70 they felt the need to put the wheels in motion......can you believe two weeks later its sold and they will be on their way at the end of November.  I will miss them terribly they are the most bonkers neighbours you could wish for no matter what I needed they were always there from Christmas cards to jars of coffee using the computer when mine died, taking me shopping when snowed in to phoning me up if they hadn't seen me all day which is a comfort when you are so rural and live mostly on your own, well I wish them Bon voyage and on the bright side it's a new place to stay in the UK.

Late summer sunset over Belle croix

Friday, 2 August 2013

We're having a heat wave ......a tropical heat wave

The temperatures rising its hardly surprising we're having a heat wave.......

I am actually coping quite well with the heat the routine is.....get up early get things done and by 2pm take a siesta, nanna nap, keep doors and shutters closed then in the evening open them all up again and let the cool air in and the hot air out, drink lots of water and just chill.

Bob has gone to the UK on his annual road trip with a long list of  "must bring back" surprisingly not a food item in sight, then it's 3 weeks en vacances.

Been to the Monday evening Farmer's Market at  SĂ©gur le ChĂąteau where You can buy many locally produced things. There is seating for about 500 or so people and a barbecue run by villagers to cook your meat on. Fresh grilled trout from just up the road and, of course, plenty of choice in the beverage department along with live entertainment it's a must do through July and August.

Ségur-le-Chùteau is situated on a peninsula formed by a loop in the River AuvézÚre and is, as its name says, a "secure place" in which the Viscounts of Limoges chose to set up their fortified castle. Although only a keep of that 12C building remains today, many noble houses with turrets or half-timbering bear witness to the opulent period the village lived through from the 15C to the 18C when it was the seat of an Appeals Court extending jurisdiction over 361 seigniories in the region

Monday, 15 July 2013

La fete Nationale.........

Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La FĂȘte Nationale

The Bastille is a medieval fortress and prison in Paris. Many people in France associated it with the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy in the late 1700s. On July 14, 1789, troops stormed the Bastille. This was a pivotal event at the beginning of the French Revolution. FĂȘte de la FĂ©dĂ©ration was held on July 14, 1790. This was a way to celebrate the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in France.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Heat....And Hay

For the last 10 days the weather at long last has turned into high summer and what a difference the heat has made, my roses and petunias have looked so limp and sad with not many blooms now they are romping away as is the grass.  Being the owners of a micro tractor a sit on mower and a petrol mower it's sounds excessive to me........but thank goodness we have them.

The hay has been cut and I have never seen the rows so high the 3 fields around me have all produced 3/4 extra rollo's , driving around its just field after field of hay