Tuesday, 28 February 2012



Happy Homemaker Monday *3*

Happy Homemaker Monday

A day late, I'm sorry, but it is the holidays!

The weather:::

  • Aujourd'hui
    Nuit claire
    1°C | 14°C
    UV 2
    Vent >Vent est-nord-est10 km/h
    Rafales -
    Détails
    • Soirée
      6°C
      (Ressentie 4°C)
      Vent Vent est-nord-est10 km/h
      Rafales -
    • Nuit
      5°C
      (Ressentie 2°C)
      Vent Vent est10 km/h
      Rafales -
  • Mercredi 29
    Belles éclaircies
    2°C | 15°C
    UV 2
    Vent >Vent variable-
    Rafales -
    Détails
  • Jeudi 01
    Soleil
    4°C | 15°C
    UV 2
    Vent >Vent sud-sud-ouest10 km/h
    Rafales -
    Détails
  • Vendredi 02
    Soleil
    5°C | 16°C
    UV 2
    Vent >Vent variable-
    Rafales -
    Détails

On my reading pile::: 
 "Snowdrops" by A.D. Miller (a birthday present from my lovely brother and sister-in-law ~ thank you)
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by J K Rowling (with M and W)

On my TV::: 
Foyle's War
The Mentalist
Upstairs and Downstairs

On the menu for this week:::
Monday -  Pasta parcels in tomato sauce
Tuesday - Lamb chops
Wednesday - Chinese pork
Thursday -  Casserole
Friday -  Garlic pasta 
(pasta and film night!)
Saturday - Soup
Sunday
 - Roast pork

On my to do list:::
Spend time with the children (it's Half Term holiday)
Still getting up at 2am to feed the lamb!
Plant some seeds.
Take the electric fencing down from the maize field.
Clear some space in the freezer.

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::  
*I now have the wool to continue my Granny Square blanket
*I want to try a flower cushion (this is the pattern I want to try)

Looking around the house:::
The children are watching a DVD after exhausting themselves trampolining all morning.
R has just walked in from work and has headed straight for the kettle to make a cup of tea (he has to go back at 6pm to collect C from 'The Centre' ~ he is working all week)
The dinning room table is covered with seed packets waiting to be sorted 
Amour (the lamb) is starting to 'baa' for her next feed.

From the camera:::




On my mind:::
Three pigs, three geese and our calf are going to the butcher this week ~ it doesn't get any easier!
Mummy did you know that ........


Travelling back from a shopping trip to Limoges yesterday W proudly announced from the back seat, "Did you know there are two types of dragon in Britain, the 'Welsh Green' and the 'Hebridean Black' ........... and there are also dragons in Romania! "  Luck for us there are none in France!!
The Common Welsh Green
The Hebridean Black

Saturday, 25 February 2012


Friday Film Night

This is the film we watched for "Film Night" this Friday ~

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Sad news.....



Yesterday we said good-bye to our lovely Jersey cow 'Honey'.
She passed away during the night.  Honey was one of our first cows, producing our first calf 'Una' and allowing us to learn the amazing art of milking!  She was gentle and very kind natured and will be sorely missed by us all.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

It's Wednesday ...... 
               no school ...... 
                         so what shall we do?



Play Harry Potter of course!





M and W have spent the morning playing at Hogwarts School of  Witchcraft and Wizardry!!!!!  With paint brushes for wands, feather dusters for broom sticks and even a friendly witch who is an anamagus and likes to take the form of a baby lamb!  They travelled to Platform 9 3/4  with Hedwig and a trunk filled with the oldest books they could find on our bookshelf, where they met Rita Skeeter and her 'quick quotes quill' (a goose feather collected from the garden this morning!) They have even been flying on unicorns with the girls from Beaubatton's, had tea with Hagrid in his cabin and W even sustained a somewhat dubious Quidditch injury which caused his foot to turn a "rather unusual shade of green".




Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Out and About


Snow, snow, snow, snow and more snow!

Well the snow is at last melting away and at least the ducks are happy again!  We have just come to the end of a long three week period of snow.  The snow doesn't usually last for that long and we definitely don't usually experience temperatures of -18 degrees.  
The climate is definitely changing, I remember that when I was a child the cold weather arrived much earlier.  My Mummy used to go out with her poppies in her tall furry bearskin hat and how we had to wrap up warm for Taro Fair on the Heath at Petersfield each October.  Last time we were at Taro Fair we saw people in shorts and T-shirts! 


For the last few years we have had snow before Christmas. In 2009 it came down so hard and fast R ended up leaving his bus at college and walking home.




I had to venture out to collect C and H from college, 
only to be met with tears of relief from H as she thought she was going to have to sleep there (some students had to!) 



M & W excitedly watching the first flakes fall.



This year M has been wishing for snow since last November but it didn't actually  arrive until the very end of January, the day before my parents were due to drive from the UK to our home in central France!  We didn't tell my Dad about the snow until he was too far south to turn around!! 






M ecstatic because the snow had at last arrived and it was actually here for her birthday and Mannie and Papi were pleased because the children had several unscheduled days off school during their stay (due to the extreme cold and lack of school transport).

................. and we are pleased because it has now all melted!! 


It makes me very sad to think that I spend most of the snowy days wishing it was all over.  I have always loved the snow (strange for someone who cannot stand being cold), in fact even now I still phone my Mum to tell her when the first flakes start to fall...... 


.....but these last few years I have also felt myself dreading the forecast of snow, our lives have changed and we have other considerations and responsibilities.  




Now instead of excitement, I have angst .......... will the children be able to get home from school? Will R be safe driving his bus? Will we have enough wood for the fires?  Will the services stay on?  Will the pipes burst?  Will the house stay warm? ......... and one of the biggest worries of all .... Will our animals be all right?  (Sadly this year we lost 3 ducks and then 2 baby lambs born on one of the coldest days).  
This year we did take the sheep into the barn before the lambs were born.





















Everyone did get home safely, we did have enough wood and we did keep warm and even the services stayed on most of the time (unlike our first winter here when we spent a whole week without water, electricity, telephone or internet!)  


The children had a wonderful time building snowmen, making snow angels and sledging (the snow here stays so much cleaner than in the UK). 
Next year I vow the stop worrying too much and enjoy this wonderful, exciting, magical time of the year.  Safe in the knowledge that  together we will be all right.









Monday, 20 February 2012


Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather:::


Weather for La Jonchère-Saint-Maurice, France

3°C | °FMonTueWedThu
Mostly SunnyMostly SunnyClearPartly Sunny
Scattered Clouds
Wind: NE at 14 mph
Humidity: 24%-2°-1°10°-1°



On my reading pile::: 
 "Angel" by L. A Weatherly (a birthday present from my friend K ~ thank you)
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by J K Rowling (with M and W)

On my TV::: 
Upstairs and Downstairs

On the menu for this week:::
Monday -  Turkey à la King (one of W's favourites)
Tuesday - Pancakes
Wednesday - Mini toad in the holes
Thursday - Lamb chops
Friday - Macaroni cheese 
(pasta and film night!)
Saturday - Fish and chips (well, it is the holidays)
Sunday
 - Roast chicken

On my to do list:::
Plant some seeds
Clear the mantelpiece and the bar ready for the seed trays
Help C clean and rearrange his bedroom
Catching up with the washing and ironing
Write a quiz for school on Friday.

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::  
*Another Granny square cushion cover (R says our house is starting to look like an old people's home!)
*A "Mario Toadstool" for W!
*I need to redo our menu board in a format that wont keep falling off the wall!

Looking around the house:::
The sun is shining for a change (I need to clean the windows!)
Bella is on the couch (she wouldn't be if R was at home! R is at work)
Our little Molly lamb named "Amour" (the smallest of the triplets) is asleep in the playroom 
(she nearly didn't make it as her mother rejected her so we are hand rearing her inside).

From the camera:::



On my mind:::
Only one more week until the half term holiday ~ two weeks at home with the children :o)


Friday Film Night


This is the film we watched for "Film Night" last Friday ~


W chose it for M for Christmas.  The story was great and they all enjoyed it, there was a good "work hard and help others" message too. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Our Valentine's Day surprise delivery!

Out and about on the farmette

After our sadness when Gracie lost her twin lambs last week, born on one of the coldest days of the year (-14 degrees!) we were pleased that Ava held on until the warmer weather.  Then yesterday we were surprised when she not only gave birth to triplets (normally she has only two) and amazed that we were also privileged to be with her when her youngest two were being born (a first for me!)
Please keep your fingers (and toes!) crossed for them all.  
Well done Ava!






Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Homemaker Monday


A day late, but the first of many I hope !


The weather:::

  • Aujourd'hui
    Quelques flocons
    -1°C | 2°C
    UV 1
    Vent >Vent nord10 km/h
    Rafales -
    Détails
    • Après-midi
      Quelques flocons
      2°C
      (Ressentie -1°C)
      Vent Vent nord10 km/h
      Rafales -
    • Soirée
      Quelques flocons
      0°C
      (Ressentie -3°C)
      Vent Vent nord-nord-ouest10 km/h
      Rafales -
    • Nuit
      Quelques flocons
      -1°C
      (Ressentie -4°C)
      Vent Vent nord-ouest10 km/h
      Rafales -
  • Mercredi 15
    Quelques flocons
    -3°C | 3°C
    UV 1
    Vent >Vent ouest-nord-ouest10 km/h
    Rafales -
    Détails
  • Jeudi 16
    Couvert
    -1°C | 5°C
    UV 1
    Vent >Vent nord10 km/h
    Rafales -
    Détails
  • Vendredi 17
    Couvert
    -2°C | 5°C
    UV 1
    Vent >Vent nord-nord-est10 km/h
    Rafales -
    Détails


On my reading pile:::
 
 "The Rose of Sebastopol" by Katherine McMahon
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by J K Rowling (with M and W)


On my TV::: 
Call the Midwife / CSI New York / NumBers / Law and Order

On the menu for this week:::
Monday -  Pealla
easiest ever paella
Tuesday - Turkey casserole
Wednesday - Lentil and bacon soup
Thursday - Spaghetti Bolognese 
Friday - Tagliatelle carbonara 
(pasta and film night!)
Saturday - Fajitas ~ I use this recipe for the tortilla wraps
Sunday
 - Roast pork (our own!)


On my to do list:::
It's too cold to do much at all!
Play a game with the children.

Clear some space so the heating engineers can reach the heaters and service them on Wednesday.
School work (as always!)


What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::  
*My big granny square blanket (thank you Mummy for the wool) ~ but I have run out of blue wool and wont be able to get to the shops until the snow has gone!
*Granny square cushion cover (just the back to finish)




Looking around the house:::
Everything outside is still covered with snow (we have had snow on the ground for over two weeks now and had about 4cm of new snow last night)

The three youngest children are home from school because there was no school bus due to the snow.
R is down at the barn bringing up some more wood to split.

From the camera:::



On my mind:::
 The weather ~ When will the snow clear?  When will it start to get warmer? When will we be able to start our seed planting?
** The three baby lambs (triplets) that were born this morning (inside the barn luckily)