Monthly Archives: August 2015

Baaaa

Yesterday when sunbathing on our deck I thought I heard sheep baahing; the sound seemed to be coming from our neighbour Colette’s garden. Further investigation proved correct – she has invested in some sheep to help keep her grass down. She has a white ewe and ram and a 2 black ewes and ram.

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They are very small sheep I’m not sure what breed but ill find out and report back.

They are very friendly and came straight to meet me to say hello.

My first thoughts were what will Barnaby Pickles think of them and will he bark all the time? We took him down to introduce him and after a few initial barks he seems fine and very interested in his new neighbours.

When sheep sit down does that indicate rain, like the old wives tales about cows?

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Saint Antonin Noble Val – photo safari 

My current guests and I visited Saint Antonin Noble Val on Sunday. I have only been out of season, but had been warned by French friends that it gets very busy there in the summer especially on market day, which it was.

Boy oh boy were my friends correct, thousands of cars were parked on every inch of road, verge and spare space leading into the town.

Unperturbed we headed for the town and managed to find a crafty little spot to park near the river, not a few minutes walk to the market. I would later be reprimanded by a furious French lady who on spotting us returning to our car lent out of her window and started to tell us in florid French that we couldn’t park there, I gave her my cheesiest smile and explained I don’t speak any French, a little white lie I know, but hey when needs must.

Anyway it was worth it as the atmosphere was fabulous and the market really great, we even managed to get a great seat in a restaurant jut off the main square and were serenaded by a saxophonist and a guitarist.

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Here are some snaps on my photo safari.

 

 

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Holiday exodus & Today’s Brocante Bargain

It’s officially the first day of the French holidays today, everyone will be heading away to the coast or the mountains, so I expected the brocante market to be very small and very quiet,  and whilst the roads heading out of Albi were jam packed with motor homes and cars packed to the rafters with holiday equipment the market was a decent size and busy with tourists. As you know from previous Brocante posts  sometimes things jump out at you and bargains abound, but alas not so much today, but I did snatch a bargain at the end, a lovely grand enamel cooking pot for the princely sum of €3 so I can’t grumble I suppose. And it will fit in nicely with all my other red enamel kitchenware. 

And after an unsettled few days the sun has got his hat on again, our lovely guests are snoozing by the pool and all is well with the world. 

  
Bon weekend everyone. 

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