I wonder if children in general, of this generation, have a different way of looking around themselves, or whether it is just that my children who are so countryfied they don't know any other way of looking at their environment. Alice asked me on the way home tonight what used to be in the field next to Lidl in Montpon. I said, "it was just a field and once a year they grew tulips for everyone to buy to raise money for charity". "Oh" said Alice "that's sad, that it is not a field anymore and that Montpon centre is empty". "Indeed it is", I said.
And we then had a chat about why planning committees don't seem to learn anything about town planning, and still persist in allowing large companies to build on green field sites and then wonder why everyone has to use a car to go shopping. And then are flabbergasted when the city centres become dull and lifeless because nothing happens there anymore, so drugs and crime and angry people become the norm. Remarkable that all that training of supposedly intellectual people to endeavour to improve the lives of ordinary folk turns out to be something that is controlled by money and who know who best.
In other news Gavin took some pictures of tiny mushrooms....
...And yes these are sheep poos and the mushrooms were growing there less than 24 hours after they were pooped! Amazing!
Here is our cat whisperer hard at work taming one wild kitten so we can get her spayed. And then lo and behold Mummy cat who had disappeared before we could spay her has turned up with another 2. (Pictures will follow eventually.) I hasten to add that none of these cats were ours and all of ours are spayed, but all you cat whisperers out there will know that it can be a long-winded process cat training. I do wish more people would get their cats fixed. It is looking like this will be an expensive Christmas, knowing my luck the 2 new ones will be girls as well. Below is a more trained of the species. Although I am sure Peaches would deny that vehemently ;)
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