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Coming home

The weather has turned a wee bit chilly here, with water frozen of a morning and the grass almost eaten down it was time to bring the cattle back from their summer grazing at La Contie to home. Led into the trailer with  a bucket of food it was a bit of a tight squeeze as Mona, the eldest and top of the pecking order would not budge over to make room for the last female. Once in and  doors secure they had the scenic route along the back roads.

Eager to get out they were no trouble entering the field to go and meet their mates, who heard farmer J and came running up to see what was going on. Not the brightest of the bunch hello's were said between the fence before the cattle that had stayed here moved into the small field to be reunited. Lots of mini tussles, running and horn locking they have now settled down as the herd hierarchy will over a couple of days be resolved, hopefully just in time for when they start coming in morning and evening for hay but the whole he/she is in my feeding space will need to be sorted for calm to be resumed and winter feeding to commence.


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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.