Once upon a time, there was a donkey called Donkey. He lived all alone in a field in France. His house was dirty, his water trough was full of sludge and he was very lonely. Then one day a group of crazy English people turned up with a wheelbarrow full of straw. They set about clearing … More The adventures of Donkey
“There seems to be something blocking the vacuum cleaner,” said dad as he attempted to hoover the carpets in the gite. My parents are currently over to visit – or should I say, ‘work’. They very kindly offered to come and help decorate the gite, our first big project and one which is taking more … More Meeting the “locals”
After five days of almost continual rain, I looked out of the window this morning to find the skies had cleared and things had brightened up (albeit just a little). While the rain had caused some areas of the land nearby to become waterlogged, to my delight it also seems to have encouraged some more … More Blooming lovely
Today has been a good day. A successful day in the garden with Dennis yesterday, mowing the lawn and clearing the leaves, inspired me to tackle the island this morning. It hasn’t had much love over the winter months and as a consequence the ground had developed a thick carpet of broken branches, dead leaves and old conkers. … More Spending the day on our island
As you know, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the walnut harvest. That day has now come. Today I’ve been and gathered the windfall. From just two trees, I collected some 250 nuts. And I can see more, high up in the branches, just waiting for the opportune moment to fall. It’s taken me almost two hours to … More Walnuts anyone?
My beautiful, amazing sister and her hubby have created new life. Sebastian arrived on Thursday. We’re all thrilled! And I am so in love with that little bundle of joy. I am also a tad relieved that he arrived when he did. I’m currently back in the UK and was worried that he wouldn’t arrive in … More Waiting for Bertie
Warm goats cheese with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of walnuts. The perfect combination of ingredients. Delicious on a pizza, perfect with salad, or even just as the raw product themselves – ideal to nibble on throughout the evening, particularly when accompanied by a glass of two of France’s finest. It is our … More Not quite a walnut harvest
Did you know that of the 44 million avocados that were consumed globally last year, five million of them were used in sandwiches made by Pret a Manager? Madness, eh? The world is in the grip of avocado fever – in the UK alone, sales of the green fruit that is named after a certain part … More It’s avocado mania!
Does anyone know what type of nut this is? They are growing in plentiful supply at the back of our house but we are unsure as to what they are. We suspect they are walnuts, and that we need to peel back the green outer layer, and then dry them out . But we are … More Nuts about nuts