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It's never dull at La Singlarie, there is never a 'oh I don't know what to do' moment. Especially with farmer J around. The trees that feel over the winter in the fields which were collected and left by our poly tunnel have now been chopped with the help of an amazing machine we now have access to  (owned by the Najac farming co - operative). It sliced through the logs like cheese, farmer J is chief cutter and I chief stacker, however the chief cutter could not stop interfering with my stacking. Every year I have a lesson in how to stack, paying attention to ends and the bits in-between.

Once all stacked you would think all was done but no up in the woods two years ago chestnut trees were cut for posts with an amazing amount of wood being cut, the posts were stacked up their waiting while their was a huge amount of wood piled up that was not suitable for posts with some left where it fell to be sorted later. Well that later is now, the posts have been brought down ready to be pointed (for another job soon) as well as some of the bits too wonky/ big/small/ not right for posts. Today cutting started with the chainsaw and stacked while another pile has been started of logs too big that need to cut with the machine (saving farmer J's joints and back) when he can get access to it.

So far my log plies have not fallen down. We have strong winds forecasted tonight - tomorrow could be a job for re-stacking but then hopefully not.


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Demounting a hanger

Farmer J has brought a second hand hanger. It's an extension to be added on to the farms hanger which  up to last year housed the cows in 2/3rds and hay in the other 1/3. As we now have more cattle and calves the hay space is being converted to house the cattle giving them full access to it.
Only thing is the extension has to be dismantled (and erected when planning permission is granted).

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.