Saturday, 11 April 2015

Pommes de Terre

Roger loved every minute of this. Anything that involves some sort of mechanical machinery brings a smile to his face. We spent yesterday afternoon with some of our neighbours planting our potatoes. Before we could start we were plied with wine and chocolate and pear gateaux, then taken on a trip to see Olivier’s fields and assorted farm machinery. Big toys for big boys, I told him. Back to the field, 3 of us had potatoes to sow, Olivier had supplied the field and his brother Denis had supplied the machine. We all took it in turns to “play on the machine”. I’m sure there is a proper name for it, but I’ve no idea what it is. What a clever thing it is, it makes the furrow, plants the potato and covers them up afterwards. We could do with a mini one in our garden. Afterwards, back to Olivier's for a beer, which Roger noticed was a staggering 12% proof. Now we wait until August to see the fruits of our labours and I’m sure there will be more alcohol involved to celebrate the harvest.
Potato 1
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Potato 3
Potato 2

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  1. Wow that does sound like fun. Don't think it would fit in our garden either :( Take care Diane

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    1. A mini one would be great, would save the backache x

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  2. I want to have a go, and so does Dad. How many spuds will you get?, it looks like sacks and sacks. and what a lovely way to spend a day, much better than weeding, especially the beer bit. xx

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    1. It was fun and totally different to anything we've done before. We only had 3 kilos of spuds and I'm not sure how many will get. It will be a surprise x

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  3. Now that does seem like a very productive day....a good feed followed by a few hours in the fresh air planting spuds! Could do with a smaller version of that machine for when we eventually get round to planting our potatoes, which will be 2016 I think!

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    1. It was a lovely community thing to do and it definitely tested my French. I'm sure you'll get yours planted soon x

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  4. Looks like you are fitting in to your French life very well. Bon continuation...x

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    1. The language is still difficult, but we have lovely neighbours who have made us feel so welcome and speak very slowly to us.

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  5. Wow, that looks like hard work, should of saved a bit of planting for Dibs Tee Hee :-)

    Not long for us either - so excited - xxxx

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    1. This was the easy bit, the hardest will be the harvesting. Don't worry, I've got plenty of weeds for Dibs :) June will be here before you know it xx

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  6. This sounds like a blast. One of my neighbors has an organic farm out in the country. I love going out to her farm with her to help her plant and harvest and get everything ready. You just feel a little closer to your food when you are involved in its production. A really great way to spend a weekend.

    Heidi Sutton @ Ag Source Magazine

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    1. I think you appreciate your food more because of the effort involved. Also you don't want to waste anything and make the most of what you've grown. Hope to do this again this year.

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