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

31 Aug Justy dans la voiture

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

Voila!

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

XX

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

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Last of the summer garden

1 Oct

Dear friends,

We all woke up an hour later today in the southern hemisphere. It’s Eastern summer time and we thought it apt to bring you the last rays of summer sunshine from Le Barry. In the early days of Le Barry, the world was wild and only hunting men and their delicate lady folk could brave the jungle beyond the pigsty.

This is the garden the first day we saw Le Barry

But brave they did, and tame it they did until all that was tall and thorny became black.

Jeanot burning in the garden

Just imagine this pigsty transformed into a hot coal bath house!

Flash forward to April and two princesses arrive from Wagga Wagga central to see their garden full of seedlings, ready for the big girls to eat.

Girl plus fork in garden

The first seedlings in Spring

Jeanot's pergola just waiting for the wisteria to grow. Tres romantique!

Just an average lunch in the garden. Big cheeses.

Here's the beanstalk...where's Jack?

The last pumpkins at Le Barry

Village exemplars!

At the allotments...Mags, Ben and Rosa - our wonderful neighbour and gardener extraordinaire!

And we’ll leave it there for this week nos amigos and get back to our garden in Wagga Wagga.

J and M x

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