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Something for the weekend

Up our drive way we have a line of conifers, they have steadily grown over the eleven years we have been here with a little trim now and again on the driveway side. The other side is the field where the chickens, sheep and pigs are at the moment. On top of the conifers and growing down them were some very big bramble bushes. Both brambles and conifers have now gone.

In order for a delivery of gravel arriving on Tuesday for work to be done on extending the hanger the conifers had to be trimmed for the lorry to get down the drive. Farmer J doesn't really do trimming, he does chain sawing and tractoring and getting carried away.

We started of Friday afternoon and soon decided the trees had to come down. They had grown far too big and wide and rather than trimming it was far easier to cut and start again. We now have two rather large piles of brambles and conifers to be burnt and a very open drive. The tractor came handy by pulling down the brambles and collecting the conifers making the job far quicker than collecting it all up by hand. With the driveway now being opened up it is so much lighter and space for the lorry to pass, even the poor cherry trees had to have a trim. They are nearly at the end of their lives due to many attacks of Capricorn beetles and donkey bark nibbling and a bit of bad weather branches have broken off and needed trimming.

Tomorrow the ground around the trunks will be cleared up then later in the year when we have more time the trunks will be cut down, the fence renewed and I think lavender planted along the drive but for now we have a lot of wood to burn.


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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.

So a 1/3 of the roof is down with the rest to be completed on Monday ready for the metal structure to follow.

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.