mercredi 31 octobre 2012


On Saturday a walk around the Dartington Estate with Susie and Dominic searching for geo-caches (hidden objects with a GPS reference and clue to find them). We found most of the ones we were looking for even though we only had a good old fashioned map and grid reference.

Sunday we took Jasper and Ruby to see the latest bond movie "Skyfall" directed by Sam Mendes it's one of the best!

Yesterday afternoon Dom and I wandered across the moor visiting the old rifle range in several tors in the Hay Tor area. Tomorrow we are all off to the Culm coast  (North of Bude).

mercredi 24 octobre 2012

Dark and damp

Despite the photos in the last post, the UK has to be one of the most dark, damp and sunless places on earth. I can almost count on my fingers the number of decent weather days this year. If it wasn't for Susie and my frequent trips to Quélébu I think I'd go mad. It's no wonder that Finland has the highest suicide rate in the world it's possibly the only place darker, wetter and more sunless than the UK!

Of course I'm not suicidal, but I'm shocked that I managed to live here for so long before realising that you only have to go a 1000 miles south to be in such a different climatic zone that you could be on another planet! Whilst this weather is great for slugs and snails, frogs and other amphibians, I can't believe it's good for the human body.

dimanche 21 octobre 2012

St Ives

A night away for Susie and I in lovely St Ives. A trip to the Tate and Barbara Hepworth's home and garden.

mardi 16 octobre 2012

Ground floor nearly finished

 Myla and Thea watching the "spectacle"

On Sunday a trip to Massat to see Justin, Emily and the twins, who were there at the autumn fair doing a hog roast. All seemed to be going very well and the weather was balmy. The last two days has been spent mostly finishing off the entrance and kitchen as well as a little work in the fields. The ground floor is finally looking near to completion - it's been a very productive trip.

 Entrance lobby nearing completion

Kitchen also looking nearly finished

It's been absolutely glorious today and much of the snow has already gone. A big juicy cep for dinner. For the next few days the strong hot South winds are gonna blow - the leaves will turn and autumn will have truly arrived here.

lundi 15 octobre 2012

dimanche 14 octobre 2012

Internet was down this evening so quickly modified the wine/vegtable rack to fit in the awkward space beside the fridge - perfect!

samedi 13 octobre 2012

Wood store

All day building the new inside wood store in the porch. I used to store a few days of wood under the stairs but of course they've long since disappeared. In moving some wood I disturbed an enormous 'Camberwell Beauty' butterfly.

The wood store is built from oak offcuts, but looks the part and is good and solid.

vendredi 12 octobre 2012


All finished bar the varnish.

jeudi 11 octobre 2012


All weathers today. After a clear start we've had heavy rain and thunder, then hot sunshine, now more thunder. Spent all the day working on the desk and tiling the floor beneath it.

More 'shrooms for dinner, this time horn of plenty, gypsy mushrooms, parasols and some amethyst deceivers!

mercredi 10 octobre 2012


More field cutting, some shopping, more mushrooms and the new desk starts to take shape.

mardi 9 octobre 2012

Google Chrome - too many problems recently.

I've been a chrome user almost since it came out, but recently there are just too many problems and crashes, now it's developed a glitch that stops me logging into facebook and many other sites - returning an invalid server certificate message. It's been an on-going problem with chrome releases for many people since April 2012. Google aren't helping...are they listening? I'm switching to firefox.


Back home to France and the contrast in weather couldn't be greater. My flight from Bristol was delayed by the appalling weather but we arrived in Toulouse to 27 degrees of balmy late summer sun. It was dark by the time I got to Quelebu but I was greeted by the biggest wild boar I've ever seen in the car headlamps.

The leaves are starting to turn here so autumn isn't far away but the weather is glorious.

Today was very productive. In the morning I made the bookcase/divider that will separate the sitting room from the study area.

After lunch I went for stroll in the woods. There are mushrooms everywhere! So I took A fine selection for supper tonight.

In the afternoon I set about cutting the big field in front of the house. Its about three acres so it took all afternoon, until after dark in fact.