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The week just gone

Monday was the last meeting of the year for the spinners and weavers group I belong to, with a show and tell of our wall hanging project (my 3d deer's head is on the right ) along with shared lunch and secret Santa i continues my donkey knitting.

Mr Fox has been calling. Sadly he got the chicken and her chick first, then during the day two of the new girls. The nine chickens left have been confined to the barn and their pen, sadly no free ranging for them at the moment. Mr Fox returned a few days later taking the small bantam hen while she was free ranging in the cows field. I have found feathers in the ditch down the road while walking the dogs so he can't be far and annoyingly will be back unless we keep the old girls, cockerel's and two ducks shut in the barn to guarantee their safety. I think they sense something as none are leaving their field at the moment.

 A big bust up between our two cockerel brothers left one feeling very sorry for himself, he hid away sleeping for a couple of nights in the puppy crate now used for sick animals. He seemed to completely of lost his mojo so was placed in with the new girls who were all over him like a rash. Refusing to bed down with them in their house he prefers to sleep in the barn - can't say I blame him for not wanting to be confined with 9 hens.

I have continued to knit body parts for the donkeys the end is in sight!

The weather has been wonderful for December. Rain is fore casted for Christmas day so until then its going to be dry. I have been looking out for a bit of green foliage for decorating inside so far have found a lovely big mistole ball amazingly in the tree by the farm, only down side is its to high to reach. must keep searching.....


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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.