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 I will categorize this summer as : keeping things alive despite the heat. That includes my chickens and gite guests.

Amateur dramatics at the abbey

Last week we gathered some of the neighbours and all went down to Montierneuf, to watch a ‘spectacle’ - which I can only translate as a show.

Buckwheat flowers

I had not seen buckwheat flowers before, but Monty has drilled a dual crop of buckwheat and millet in the big bottom field. And now the buckwheat is all in flower.

Aubert and Capucine

I am working on the La Salle hares which will be what we make at the first workshop in September. It looks as if they will be called Aubert and Capucine.

A french heat-wave

We have been upgraded to an ‘alert’ rouge. Red alert for I am not sure exactly what reason, but this ‘canicule’ that we are in, has been quite exhausting. The high today was to be 39 if I remember rightly, and tomorrow is to be 40 degrees.

Watermelon for Chickens

This is a chicken drama post so hope its not too boring. I think it would be boring to go on about this heatwave because everyone is in it I think.

A night out

Last week, was the ‘Cigogne en Fete’, in Port des Barques.  Each year in this area, a different village is chosen, and for two days, it is lit up and decorated. People open up their garages and other spaces, and there are bands and theatrical shows that you can watch in walking by.

Repairing stone window frames

Over the years, as bits and pieces have dropped off this building, concrete has been used indiscriminately to fill in holes.  So during Jonos work in replacing and repairing shutters, he is also looking at the hinges and pins to hold them in.

Early mornings

Last week when it was so hot during the day time, I realised that I had been sleeping on the job, and I needed to urgently do the apple thinning in the orchard. This consists of finding the bunches of tiny apples, and knocking them off to leave only one for each grouping.

Dora, l’exploratrice

This is Dora. She was a very unusual chick, because of her ferocious courage. She was spotted chasing and devouring a whole mouse, when she was only a very small chick. Our gite visitors witnessed the event and told us incase she had problems..  She didn’t. But she didn’t grow much either.


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