The wind that rocks the barley

last week was a complete mix of weather sun, rain, cloud, and wind sometimes gusty bust mostly gentle breezes that has rocked the barley which is heady and heavy with seed.

Its amazing how quickly crops grow especially with all the rain and sunshine we have had this spring. i am loving the colours of the fields at the moment, the barley crops are a myriad greens at the moment, dark shades at the base of the crops  with a dusting of of the freshest lime green.

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Miel Miaow has been exploring her terrain, laying in wait to pounce on any passer by, she thinks this is great fun and no sooner than pouncing out on you has scarpered to find her next hiding place.


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After a long days pouncing she like nothing better than snuggling up on her favourite seat near the wood burner.



The flora and fauna that i see whilst walking the pickle keep amazing me, yesterday i saw this butterfly, well think its a butterfly, I’ve never seen one quite like it, part of its wings are translucent and other parts or bright yellow, so beautiful, if anyone knows what it is do tell.


The last week we have been making the most of the dry spells doing work in the garden, i have sanded and oiled our garden table and chairs, we bought this set 12 years ago and leave it out in the rain and snow all winter without covers, a quick sanding and some teak oil and it looks as good  as new.




We have chosen the colour for our shutters, well i say we choose it but we have just used the same colour as our new window frames, we bought the paint from Castorama an amazing huge DIY store in Toulouse, its part of the Kingfisher brand that own B&Q in the Uk. I painted one of the shutters that is in a good condition to see what it was like and i love it apart from the fact that even though we bought satinwood and it says satinwood on the can , its gloss, so all that paint will have to go back, oh well thats another trip to Castorama, thats fine by me its amazing i could make a day out of it in that store, pity they don’t sell hot dogs like Ikea.



We have started to prepare the area around where our pool is gong to be, we cut back a huge Hebe bush and have cut the trunks into an Egg shape so hopefully if its not too distressed by being so harshly cut back it will grow and form a nice shape.IMG_0660


Our amazing neighbour and former mayor Claude very kindly offered to dig some test holes where our pool is hopefully going to be, i say hopefully as we needed to check if the ground was solid enough to take the weight of the water.


four or five holes later we worked out where the bedrock was and market out the pool using one of those bright spray cans.





And bless him whilst Claude was around he offered to dig out all the stumps of the trees we have cut down [don’t worry we are going to plant new trees to replace them] lots of the trees have been planted randomly and needed to go to make way for our garden master plan.



So all in all a busy week, mmm what will next week bring?

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3 thoughts on “The wind that rocks the barley

  1. Phill and Kev,

    Oh, I envy you living the dream—living your dream and doing what it takes to make it happen. While doing a search for “Toulouse blue shutters” I ran across this post. I’d like to request your permission to use the 8th photo (of your newly painted dark blue shutter) in a commercial graphic design project I’m working on. I regret I can’t promise to include a credit line in the project itself, but I can send you my undying thanks. Please let me know. Merci.

    • Hi Bryn
      Yes that’s absoloutly fine feel free to use it.
      Hope your presentation goes well.

      • Bryn Marlow

        Many thanks! I’ll present it to the client tomorrow and hope for the best. And if I can make good on the undying part myself, I’ll pass it along to you in the form or eternal gratitude.

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