Tuesday, 26 August 2014
It’s been a bit of a cottage industry here in our kitchen. The preserving pan came out of retirement and there’s been lots of chopping, dicing and peeling plus a very sore thumb at the end of it all. But, we’ve ended up with 23 jars of jams, jellies and chutneys. There was a lot of deliberation about what kind of fruity plum tree we had. Maybe greengages, maybe Mirabelles?? Our fruits were more on the green/yellow side and Mirabelles are yellow. But after seeing the differences in the supermarket and help from Diane, we definitely have a Mirabelle tree. Our Mirabelle harvest has given us Mirabelle jelly, Mirabelle jam and Mirabelle chutney. Plus we have Bramble jelly from our walk on Sunday, Apple, tomato and onion chutney and Storecupboard chutney from our apple trees. We’ve also frozen apples and blackberries for future puddings.
If anyone counts the jars, there’s one missing. It’s a jar of Mirabelle jelly that’s in the fridge and it’s nearly all gone. Yum!
Monday, 25 August 2014
We took some pots with us to collect blackberries and got enough to make bramble jelly.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
As an aside, lunch was interesting today, we had a bird flying round the kitchen. Poor thing was probably scared as it pooped on my tea towel!
Sunday, 17 August 2014
We then popped back home, made a picnic and set off to Melle to join the Ruban Vert to Celles-sur-Belle, but we did cycle round Melle for a bit as we couldn’t find the start of it!! I blame the map reader :) Once we found the Ruban Vert, which was once an old railway line, but is now a lovely off road route for walking and cycling between the 2 towns, we had a lovely flat ride. Not much to take photos of as the ride was mainly on a country path so there’s just a few taken in Celles-sur-Belle.
Friday, 15 August 2014
Thursday, 14 August 2014
My Mum has been asking why Roger has been banging a hole in the wall. I suppose banging a hole in the wall is not strictly accurate, more like chipping the cement out between the stones. At some point in the past the pointing had been done with cement instead of lime and then covered with paint. While we are waiting for the sand blasting to be done, hopefully at the end of September, Roger thought he’d start chipping away. It’s going to be a long job but it will be worth it in the end. He says his arms are hanging already. Not a job to be done every day.
Monday, 11 August 2014
On Sunday we popped up the road to Sauzé-Vaussais to take a peek at the brocante and vide-grenier. A brocante is a second-hand sale and a vide grenier is like our car boot sales, but the translation is an attic sale. There were over 200 stalls selling all manner of stuff, clothes, books, kitchen wares, furniture, tools, toys, bric-a-brac etc etc. But we were on the look out for knobs for my larder, Pineau glasses for Roger and an enamel bread bin. We didn’t find any of those things but I did spend 1 whole euro on a basket with cute sunflowers on the side. Here are few of the things that caught our eye – clogs, Rogers always like them but they look so uncomfortable to me, pretty dolls ready to be hugged, look at that amazing pram and rillettes bowls.