Yesterday I cleaned and trimmed our first harvest of garlic. It will sit and dry in the sun for a few days and then I'll make some garlic ropes. I had to learn how to do that last year with the onions.
Today the wheat is being harvested in the field next to the house so I'm not out in the garden, it can get noisy and dusty. I'ts good to see a harvest not spoilt by the rain as we had last year.
I'm working on another bag today. I decided to dye some of my old linen, the first batch a light indigo blue, it looks good. I'm lining the bag with some old 1930's French check fabric that I bought at a troc a couple of years ago.
I had a late start to my Sunday as we'd been dancing at the fest noz at St Gilles until 3 o'clock in the morning ! When I did get up I was greeted by another sunny day. What a summer we've had so far.
I did the weeding between the onions, lifted a row of garlic and laid them out to dry in the sunshine. Whilst weeding I just couldn't pull up the wild poppies as they are so beautiful. Then it was checking what seeds are showing, the brocolli is coming through well and will need to be thinned soon. The beans and peas are really good and I'll have to start getting them into the freezer to be eaten in the winter months. I worked all day but allowed myself an hour to sit in the sun reading and enjoying a pot of Lady Grey tea.
On Sunday I went off to Lannion, for a troc. Again a beautiful warm sunny day and everyone was in good spirits. The boulangeries were doing well selling croissants and pain au raisins etc. As always I enjoyed looking out for different things, this time more old buttons and a very unusual jug. The drive there and back through the countryside was just so enjoyable and I sang some of the songs I'd learnt with the choir.
When I got home a friend had called and brought a whole branch of cherries from her garden,luckily there were some left for me. Malcolm cooked me two sardines left from his lunch and that was followed by some cherries, delicious.
Just over a week ago we had family visitors. We had wonderful sunny weather so on the Saturday I made a picnic and off we went to La Roche Jagu. It really is one of my most favourite places. There are woodland walks, wild flower meadows and such creative vegetable gardens. The picnic was really good and we all enjoyed the day.
I live in a late 18th century farmhouse or longere
with my husband .
I taught Art in England for over 35 years and have always done my own work.
We moved to France over 12 years ago and and continue to work on the renovation of the house and making the garden. I make many things out of old textiles and also sell vintage sheets etc.
I have had over 6 exhibitions of my art work since living here and in the summer manage a small art gallery in a nearby village. I make home made cards and other ephemera.