Monday, 28 June 2010


Just got some new photos of building work in progress in the barn...


They show the crogloft/mezzanine floor being built :) ... btw the Madonna is just behind the silver bubble wrap in the middle pic

...I'm presuming it is a kind of 'crogloft' which is 'a loft over half a cottage, furthest from the cooking hearth... used for sleeping in'... common in Ceredigion, West Wales (which is where Euros happens to come from!)

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Madonna and cross

In the absence of any news on the building front... here are a couple of interesting pics..

.. a cross built into the eastern gable end of the house

.. and a Madonna built into the western gable end of the house (which is inside the barn)

This isn't unusual in Gouarec as many of the houses have niches and madonnas... but I think it's quite special

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Work in Progress!

Some pictures of the barn wall... taken by the builder

... can't think of anything else to say, other than... I can't wait 'til it's done and we can sort out the decor!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Savoury Muffins

If you happen to have a productive veggie patch and, after you've remembered to donate some of your surplus goodies to those less fortunate (... ahem...see previous post;), you find yourself with extra still.... here's a great idea courtesy of last weekend's guardian magazine and Hugh F-W.

I made this batch today using the courgette and pine nut recipe (both bought sadly, but I can dream of surplus days!)...  you can put all sorts into the basic recipe... and very tasty!! ...once you train your brain out of the sugar expectation of a muffin shaped object (note: this may just be my brain!) 

I took the picture with Teasing Georgia... my first rose of the season... which I did manage to grow :)

Saturday, 12 June 2010

summer eating

Hopefully at some point we'll get around to digging a decent sized veg plot in France ... but in the meantime we make do with a very small one strategically placed, by Euros, in the centre of the lawn right outside the front door  in Wales... very practical!

And a little basil... testing my new photo backdrop... a piece of white muslin :) Think I may need to tinker with the white recognition/balance thingy as it looks a bit grey!

Monday, 7 June 2010


I got a new camera and have been practicing so here's a couple of initial pictures taken on automatic mode:

Thursday, 3 June 2010


Euros should be on his way back on the ferry by now so here's an update...
the builders/sparky seem to be doing a fine job... but... the delivery of ready mix from Point P seems to have been an altogether different matter!!
The mix needed to be piped into the barn through one of the velux windows.... however the driver managed to get it all over the roof, the road and break the velux... yikes!
Soo.. Euros took photos of everything for the builders to sort it out with point p ... and I'll post a couple when he gets back ;)
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