Somehow I have managed to organise this week (potentially the busiest week of the year) to have 3 members of the family with a cold (not me and I am still successfully resisting) the carpenter over to finish the last wall on the tobacco barn, Gavin moving somebodies furniture out of a flat in Bordeaux and a car in for a control technique. I am officially giving myself a gold star. If you see me at Riberac Market tomorrow you may have to check that my eyes are actually open as you approach.
Finally, after 2 and half ish years of saving and hard work we have a water tight building (bar the odd door and window which have been covered with a slightly cheaper version of window). It looks stunning and I do apologise for not having a photo, too disorganised to take one. But I will do a before and after shot soon.
The butchery yesterday was at zero which was an interesting working environment to be in. The cold room had to turn on to stop the meat from freezing I think when we opened the door;-) Love it..... The advantage is that all of a sudden your badly insulated home is suddenly a tropical environment.
The sheep are enjoying the sun, cold and bright green grass.
Christmas goodies available at Riberac Friday morning, Eygurande et Gardedeuilh Saturday morning, Manoir de Longeveau Sunday 10am till 6pm and The New English Bookshop, Bazac on Monday 12.30pm till 1.30pm.
See you soon Helen
Well it is a bit chilly now so that must mean it is nearly Christmas Fair time. I have been locked in the butchery every spare minute trying to prepare myself and am beginning to wish we built it with a window so at least I could look out and see the sun when it does decide to come out. It is very cold in the butchery and I know the chilblains are going to arrive soon.
Along with the general Christmas butchery work in between now and December I have discovered that there is a telethon ballet performance, a concert and goûter for the music school, a gala at the swimming school and of course the school Christmas spectacle.
It's a good job I did my Christmas shopping in October.
Now the Manoir de Longeveau Christmas Fair is on Sunday 1st December and I will be there with our selection of Christmas goodies which will all be ready to be put in the freezer.If however you decide that you couldn't wait for Christmas and you ate everything early and need a resupply after this date I will have the products available at the various markets and drop off points that we do. I highly recommend ordering beforehand to avoid disappointment.
The last day I can take orders is Sunday 15th December.
It is definitely winter I have been waving goodbye to our cranes as they fly on to warmer climes, and have been shouting at the top of my voice "I hope you come back soon", but you know what they make so much noise I am sure they do not pay any attention to my instructions at all. I do dream of a nice short winter this year and a long hot summer but no doubt if I get that I wil be moaning that it is so dry and we haven't got enough grass for the sheep. Hey ho there is no pleasing some.
So I have hung washing out in the light mist this morning with the desire to have dry washing by the end of the day but I suspect that is unlikely.
I am setting off to the butchery now to prepare some mutton for tomorrows market which at this stage of the game will be dry with a light wind. Which translates as wear your thermals it will be cold tomorrow.
I have succumbed to participating in a committee this year, and have discovered that the girls ballet teacher does dance with cancer patients at the Salle de Danse in Montpon-Menesterol so I have some leaflets for the stand at Riberac Market for anyone who might be interested in more info.
We have had a very busy 2 weeks doing some building on our tobacco barn that houses our butchery. For those of you who saw it in its original state I think you will agree that it is an improvement.
It is still a work in progress but at least there is some progress.
See you soon
Imagine.... Number 3 is learning her poem (poesie) for school homework whilst dancing around the kitchen, so Dad trying to get her to concentrate a bit says helpfully "What does that mean then?"
Number 3 replies in her special are you an idiot Dad voice "Nothing Dad. Its a poesie".
Do you think I have gone wrong somewhere with my cultural education for the children?
Well it has been a interesting week rain, rain and more rain in fact 70mm since the 1st of November for all you weather bores. And our carpenter is convinced the whole 70mm has gone down his back whilst replacing the boarding on our tobacco barn.
The sheep are not happy and have renewed their applications for umbrellas and gumboots.
There are rumours that Christmas is on the way and I have not mentioned it yet but I have had some enquiries, so yes there is a special 3 fruits rolled leg/shoulder or loin of lamb but there will also be special stuffing mixes and to keep up with the chipolata demand I will be making them regularly up until Christmas for Riberac market.
I will also be at the Longeveau market on December 1st with the full range of product.
See you soon
I am farming sheep and goats on the Dordogne/Gironde border with my husband and our 3 children. We have an on farm butchery and sell our meat direct to the public via the markets and delivery points in our local area