“You live in a charming village…where the inhabitants respect their surroundings perfectly”

31 Aug

This is what a passer-by said to us last night in perfect French, (then perfect English), as we sat on our porch preparing the evening meal entirely from our potager garden (bar the essential ingredient of Thai Curry paste). This was such an enchanting comment we decided to head our long overdue blog post with it. We are happily ensconced in Le Barry in Mas Cabardes, and have been delighting in a Summer adventure complete with a heatwave comparable to Wagga Wagga weather, two dramatic storms (l’orages), wild  boar visiting our garden for a midnight feast of figs and meeting our delightful neighbours and residents of the Montagne Noire. Progress on the restoration is proceeding apace, with us celebrating the flow of hot water from our solar panels, and the laying of under floor heating on the lower floor. Justy as you can see here broke the ice by turning on the l’eau chaud for the first time in years.

Justy turning on the heat

Carol, Jeanot and Justy have been furiously barrowing cement as the bathroom takes shape and we plot the position of the appliances. Tiles are poised ready to be laid and the hardware catalogues are being scrutinised….decisions, decisions….

Jeanot, master builder extraordinaire at work

Justy plotting the kitchen layout

As well as the building activity, the other favourite pastime has been harvesting the booty from the garden to share with all and sundry. The following sequence of pictures tells the story of last night’s meal which attracted such a flattering compliment from the French passer-by. Recipe: French inspired Vegetable curry. Ingredients: Swiss chard, basil, potatoes, tomatoes (4 varieties), courgettes, aubergines, mint, French beans, carrots, green pepper and the odd dab of Thai Curry paste and of course some vin blanc.

Garden booty

Le chef

Cooking on our camp stove


Other news, Justy’s birthday was cause for party decorations and a decadent cake made by Carol. As Justy has reached such an age, she has been driving around the countryside as if on a Rolls Royce rally, doing a very good imitation of Toad of Toad Hall. So will finish this post with some pictures of inhabitants and their repectful respective perfect surroundings, and sign off for now from Summer in the Montagne Noire,

M and J


Carol and Justy (with chocolate lipstick)

Justy’s birthday bonanza!

Justy dans la voiture

Justy (a.k.a. Toady) dans la voiture


Picnic at La Pradelle

‘Our Village’ Mas Cabardes with Summer potagers


6 Responses to ““You live in a charming village…where the inhabitants respect their surroundings perfectly””

  1. Sonya August 31, 2012 at 9:03 PM #

    hello! jp you look so tanned. loved the birthday, garden and le chef pics. I wanted to see the wild boar!

    • Justy Phillips September 1, 2012 at 7:05 AM #

      Hi SG, One minute it was there hoofing around the garden and the next it was gone! We were looking through the 3rd floor window and he was just starring at us! You and Tony will absolutely love the garden. xx

  2. willhemina August 31, 2012 at 11:08 PM #

    Hey M&J – great to get an update – fine garden booty indeed! Happy plotting and careering around the countryside – poop poop!!

    • Justy Phillips September 1, 2012 at 7:03 AM #

      Willie! So good to hear from you. Yes. we’ve had a fab time and are just packing for our next adventure to iceland – leaving today! will email you with any news. cheers J

      • Rud and Morgane September 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM #


        How are you? We are disappointed to have missed you, we hope to see you and all the family soon. We will send you few pictures of Paris and India in Australia.

        Lots of love,

        Rudy and morgane

  3. Wendy Rimon September 4, 2012 at 4:14 AM #

    Oh, it looks wonderful – I want to be there with you!! But you’ll be gone by the time we get to Paris on the 5th October (hooray, hooray), so maybe next time. Love

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