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not all is lost

After the storm which hit us nearly a fortnight ago the veggie patch has recovered a bit. Many of the tomatoes were damaged (you can see in the photo) so I am resigned to not having many this year. I brought a couple of kilos from an old lady selling them at the market on Sunday, she had containers full of them. I will buy more to freeze once cooked with garlic, basil,seasoning and plenty of rape seed oil.

Swiss chard has new leaves growing as has the lettuce and beans. The first picking of beetroot will be made into a beetroot tart tatin. Courgettes haven't done brilliantly this year, however the ones that are coming are growing very quickly, a blink of the eye and they are nearly marrow size.

In between the weeds beetroot and parsnips are growing (or trying) a little job for next week... and still digging up the potatoes, thinning the carrots and finding the onions.


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He managed to take down the road crash barriers on the side of it but need my gophering skills today to start taking off the roof. Cold, foggy and damp it was a bit chilly standing around however we did have a visitor, a old lady hunt dog. Once fed and watered (doesn't everyone carry dog food in their car or is it just me?) she found a draught free spot between the hay bales to have a sleep before being called back to her hunter once hunting had finished.

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Laguepie chestnut fair

Yesturday was he annual chestnut fair at Laguepie, a small village in the Tarn et Garonne. The sun shone which made for an enjoyable time amberling round the market stalls, drinking coffee and eating hot chestnuts. Traditional dances and muscicians put on a display. In previous years there has been a mushroom display showing edible, toxic and fatal fungi in appropriate coloured boxes of green , red and black (leathel ones). I imagine no mushrooms could be found as it has been dry here for a while.

The many varieties of apples grown locally along with walnuts and chestnuts were laid out on tressel tables, so many different types of apples were displayed. As well as chestnuts for sale there was apple juice being made, which at this time of year many villages and organisations invite you to take your non treated apples along to have them pressed into juice for a small fee. We didn't stay for the set menu lunch, each course is chestnut based so you really have to love your chestnuts.