Friday, 21 July 2017
Friday, 14 July 2017
Monday, 19 June 2017
What an amazing year for cherries and raspberries. Our cherry tree actually gave us some sweet tasty fruits, not the sour ones we’ve had in previous years, but our friends and neighbours trees are something else, just laden with fruit. Help yourself they said, but our bowlful didn’t even scratch the surface. However lovely they are, you then have the job of de-stoning them which a messy and time consuming job, so however tempting it is to pick some more, I’m not sure I fancy anymore de-stoning. Now raspberries are much easier to deal with, pick, wash and freeze, simple. So far I’ve given away 2 bowlfuls, frozen about 15 kilos, made jam, smoothies, clafoutis, sorbet, crumble, raspberry betty, eaten them with ice-cream and yoghurt and they are still coming. I forgot to stir the sorbet and it was like a brick, so had to turn it out and bash it with a rolling pin, but its easier to eat now.
Friday, 2 June 2017
Sunday, 21 May 2017
This is a ride that we’ve been wanting to do for a while, cycle from Saumur to Le Beugnon, 150km along the River Thouet through Thouars, Airvault and Pathenay. We’d put it off, because how were we going to get back, with our bikes at one end and the car at the other?? Our problem was solved by our friends Sue and Bob who wanted to come with us, the extra car made planning so much easier. It was decided to do the ride over 4 days/3 nights at B&B’s with the first morning and last afternoon travelling and dropping off cars. There had been good intentions of getting our rear ends saddle ready before the ride, but for lots of reasons that didn’t happen so with only one bike ride under our belt and with a bit of trepidation we set off from Saumur to our first stop at Montreuil-Balley, a distance of 24k. Day 2 – 63k to Airvault. Day 3 – 53k to St Aubin le Cloud. Day 4 – 22k to Le Bougnon finishing with a delicious lunch at A La Bonne Vie who were kind enough to look after our bikes while we collected the car from Saumur. As expected, we all had sore derrieres at the end of the ride but not enough to put us off, as we are planning another ride soon – Niort to La Rochelle.
Friday, 19 May 2017
Friday, 12 May 2017
Friday, 5 May 2017
Thursday, 20 April 2017
The last time I froze carrots they went black, which put me off freezing them again for years. But as we’d dug out a load from the garden I needed to do something with them. After a bit of persuasion from my Mum and not wanting them to go to waste I gave it another go, but blanched them first this time. After peeling and dicing and with a bit of trepidation, into the freezer they went. But I’m pleased to report, that a handful was added to a beef casserole and the carrots stayed orange – yippee. As we have some more monsters to dig out I will be freezing them again.
Friday, 14 April 2017
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
What to do on a grey, grizzly Sunday afternoon – explore the streets of Melle, something we haven't done since moving here. Apart from visiting the tax office, the supermarket, the post office and a few other unexciting but necessary places, we just don’t know our home town at all. I have to confess I haven’t been in love with Melle, the factory on the outskirts isn’t the prettiest place to greet you on your way in, so surely there must be more to Melle than that. So with the aid of this map, we took a leisurely stroll around the old streets and what a lovely surprise, beautiful buildings, loads of history and hidden places that we’ve never seen before.
Not the best photos as it was a dull day, so we plan to do the same walk again in the sunshine, but in reverse next time.
Saturday, 18 March 2017
The bedrooms have dried out nicely but not much else has happened in the bedrooms. We still have some painting to do, radiators to put back up, plugs to install, curtains to take up and curtain poles to buy, but we have managed to find the flooring we like which we hope to collect next week, then the parquet can come up – yippee. The reason is, its been so lovely outside, we grabbed the chance to get the garden tidied, move plants, put in our potatoes and onions, pot up seeds and do some of that never ending job called weeding. There’s also been some down time, lovely walks, our French lesson and a lovely repas at Clussais-la-Pommeraie.
Do you remember me saying a few weeks ago that the children at Pouffonds school were going to choose the new name for their school. Well, the winner was École Camille Lemberton, name after the builder of the school.