We have come to the end of a heatwave which has given us a few months of amazing sunshine, scorched the land and given us a bronzed look.
Everything we have planted in the potager has bloomed, grown and is now ready for picking, mainly thanks to the fab watering system that Kev installed.
The only part of the grass that has needed cutting is the plush green grass circular patch that the sprinkler has reached.
Over the weekend Kev and I started to harvest our crops, with the help of Barnaby Pickles of course.
Our peppers have been ripening in the sunshine and turning lovely shades of yellow and red.
Kev cleaning off the red onions.
We picked 185 red onions and left them to dry in the sun for a few hours.
Kev came up with a great way of drying them, courtesy of single bed slats
Kilos of overripe tomatoes were picked.
And turned into pasata source.
French beans were bagged and have been frozen ready for winter dinners.
Now weeding and fertilising to be done before planting winter veggies.
I walk Barnaby Pickles as early as I can these days as the sun is so hot past 9am.
The sunflowers on the field just below our garden are just beginning to go over and will slowly droop and decay until they are brown husks. Kev hates them when they get to that stage. But for now they continue to give us a sea of yellow even if tinged with sunburnt orange bits.
It amazes me how many wild flowers still manage to survive and thrive in the heat of summer. I saw these beautiful wild sweet peas today peering through the grass all proud and colourful.
Have a lovely day everyone.
Its July, the weather is amazing and the children have broken up for their summer break, soon France will slow down, if not come to a standstill as everyone takes holidays. But one thing that will be busy is the Apero Concerts at the local vineyards.
This year we welcome a fab little vineyard just outside Cahuzac Sur Vere called Peyres Roses ( you don’t pronounce the last letter of most words, which Kev keeps reminding me of.)
We went to their first concert on Wednesday, the setting was so beautiful on top of a hill surrounded by vines and an amazing sunset was thrown in for good measure.
I loved the rustic seating area they had created using hay bails, logs and old vintage tables and chairs.
The food was provided by a local farmer, the duck was superb, Astrid the owner even baked a stunning chocolate torte which she gave away free to everyone, yummy.
The band were great and uniquely interesting, playing a selection of instrumental pieces and songs they has written themselves.
Here are some photos of our evening.