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The Adventures of Miel Miaow – Tree Climbing

Miel Miaow our half Siamese half tabby cat is adventurous and fearless, yesterday she brought me a present, a baby snake, how thoughtful considering she knows I hate them. The day before she decided that she wanted a better view of the garden and found the ideal lookout place. 

Can you spot her?   
From here she could Survey her land and keep an eye on us gardening.   
Just one problem, how to get down, answere miaow loudly for ages and someone will rescue you.   
Where will she pop up next? 

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Arghh March is here, does that mean Spring is here?

After last week’s sunny days, this week has brought us rain, rain and oh yes, even more rain. Thanks mother nature. I know we need water and god knows I don’t want to deprive the grape vines – I want a bumper harvest so we have fabulous wine next year, but come on! Rain day after day? Please! Just a few days of sunshine would be nice. Heck I’d even be happy with one day. I feel sun deprived and I’ve only just come back from a very sunny glorious holiday in Cape Town. That’s probably why I’m needing the sun: I got used to it and got into summer mode and now want more. Hmm, at least the nights are getting lighter – it’s really noticeable, every day a minute or two more and I love it.

I know spring is on its way as our local supermarket E Leclerc has adorned its entrance with garden furniture and pallet upon pallet of bedding plants and yes there are bargains to be had. In fact this very week I purchased 10 climbing roses for the smugly price of €2.10 each and with the exchange rate the way it is, it’s a steal. Mind you, now I have to plant them all which I did this weekend. We have lots of wire fencing around the garden to keep the dog in so I have planted them all along that in anticipation that they will climb and creep to their hearts’ content and cover the horrible green fencing. I hope they don’t let me down. Check back around June time to find out.

So with the rain mainly keeping us inside we have been cracking on with our renovations which abruptly came to a halt due to our trip to Cape Town, which was fabulous. Oh! Did I mention that already? Sorry.

With the installation of our new staircase we have partitioned the old large bedroom to create a corridor, which will eventually become a library area. After much research Kev decided to create the partition wall the French way using their metal post system, which I have to say is very simple and lightweight, which is a bonus as using wooden uprights that weigh a ton is hard going on the arms.

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Yes I know there is still some wood in there – it’s to give stronger support to hang the radiator off. Kev thought the metal may buckle under the weight.

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The large hole is for the fab double doors that Kev bought from John our reclamation guru. He has an amazing warehouse full of goodies. I’m only allowed to go there under supervision and without a cheque book.

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View from inside the new bedroom, the door needs to be sanded and waxed but you get the idea.

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View from the new halfway which will be a library area, eventually, not plasterboard on here yet as all the electrics have to be done.

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And whilst we were hard at work, what were Barnaby and Miel up to? Well B was supervising, and snoozing. And Miel Miaow was tucked up in her bed, best place to be.

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And in anticipation of spring coming, it is coming isn’t it??? I have planted some Hyacinths and Narsisi to make the house look like spring has sprung. (Spot our marble Troc bargain in the background for our first ensuite bathroom sink)

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Warm days, cool nights and bumper crops

Over the last few weeks we have had truly wonderful weather, amazing sun rises, some misty, and a mix of warm, even hot days with cool nights.

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I love this time of year, the feeling that winter is fast approaching but with a hint of summer sunshine to keep us going strong. We have had a few windy nights which in fact has been rather good as mother nature has helped to make all the almonds and walnuts drop from the trees, so thanks MN.

Today i spent some time harvesting the almonds and what a bumper crop we have had this year.

The last of our summer guests departed last week, lunches and dinners were enjoyed outside.

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It was even warm enough to sit outside a few nights and enjoy the stars and garden.

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Our new Kitchen table was delivered last week, its made from floorboards that are over 15o years old, just the kitchen to do now then!!!!

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As were the railings we found at a reclamation yard, 30 meters of them, they are going to go around the edge of the decking, mmm mind you we are not quite sure how yet!!!

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And Barnaby Pickles and Miel Miaow continue to survey their land, so all is happy with the world.

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Where does the time go?

I can’t believe its time for me to be heading back to the Uk for my week of work, where does the time go? The last three weeks have really flown by, is it me or are you all experiencing this? Maybe its just me getting older, when i was a kid the days and weeks were really long especially the summer holidays, they seemed to go on forever, but no more, now i look at the clock and the hands are speeding around, its more noticeable here in my village as the church bells go off three times a day, 8am to tell us its time for work, 12pm to tell us its time for lunch and 7pm to tell us its time for a drink!!! thats way to late should be more like 5pm , so say i.

Anyway i have been a busy boy this week with lots of computer work done and some really lovely sociable happenings.

Heres some photos of what my week has been about, i do hope you have all had a great week too, tomorrow i head for Toulouse airport bound for London Heathrow and then on up to Edinburgh as I’m working in New Lanark next week, and theres Kev homeward bound from Abuja, he will get in at about 12.30am and ill leave at 8.30am, ships passing in the night, hey ho thats how we have been together for 18 years i guess, absence makes the hart grow fonder so they say. He has a busy week ahead of him as he has to get the pool ready for the liner to be fitted on the 28th, no stress then???

 

Heres to a successful visit to the UK, i wish you all a very happy week ahead.

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Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your potager grow?

Very nicely thank you in fact its growing like crazy it must be the combination of all the sunshine and rain oh and perhaps all the manure i put down in April.

We have had a bumper crop of peas, the second crop are growing nicely, the lettuce have been amazing and have now bolted skywards so new ones need to go in soon.

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Hello Sunshine!

The sun has returned with a vengeance today, 30 degrees in the shade and I’m loving it, as i type this I’m sat at my office desk in the garden with the view of the last rays of the day on the distance sunflowers and vines, how lucky am i?

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Busy day today shopping this morning as all the stores were closed yesterday, it was Bastille day so a national holiday and many celebrations and fireworks.

Some computer work, then three loads of washing! where does it all come from? Walked the pickle or rather he walked me and then filling in trenches and back filling the pool.

Here are some snaps of the day, i had to take them, even thug i have loads already, i am just in awe at how beautiful it is here.

Wednesday tomorrow so midway through the week, happy midweek everyone.

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That was the week that was!.

Well that was the week that was…..

French air traffic controllers decided that it was time for a strike, it was sunny and they were probably annoyed with everyone else enjoying the sunshine and wanted some vitamin D themselves.

Poor Kev fell foul of them, as he landed from a trip on Tuesday morning at 06.30am and was supposed to to hop on the early flight home but, air traffic controllers say no…. and then the 2.30pm was cancelled so he had to wait for the 8.30pm flight, which didn’t actually take off until 12.30am on Wednesday so bless hime he had one of the longest days ever considering he had been up since 8am on the Monday.

I headed off to London on Monday avoiding the start of the strike but as you can imagine i was not looking forward to my journey home on Friday, but as luck would have it the strike was called off. But my flight home was still delayed but only by an hour and that was soothed by a few glasses of rose as i dint have to drive home.

The weather in June has been stunning, amazing sunshine and temperatures up in the high 30’s, but with that comes the chance of storms and we have had a few, which I’m ok with as they provide fabulous light shows and water the garden which saves me a job.

I always like to take a long walk with BP [Barnaby Pickles] on my return home, just to re connect with my surroundings and i always get amazed at how quickly things change, i have only been away for 5 days this week but wow the sunflowers and corn have sit up, they grow so quickly, some of the sunflowers are beginning to burst open to reveal their bright rays of sunshine yellow for us all to see and wonder at. Within a week they will all be out and shining brightly, bathing our countryside in their yellow glow.

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Miel Miaow never fails to amuse me, she is such a vocal cat and will follow you around chatting away at every opportunity, even BP looks at her as if to say “will you shut up”.

I heard her miaowing the other day in the stables and called her and she popped her head out of a very comfy spot she had found in  amongst all of the old blankets we keep as dust covers.

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We have been very busy working on the pool, but its all boring invisible stuff like sheering up the steps and concreting in the supports etc so no photos to share this week, but hopefully storms permitting we should have made some good progress by the end of the is new week and i will have some pics to share.

So that was the week that was and now a new one is fast approaching, so enjoy what is left of your weekend and have a great new week everyone.

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Miel Miaow at the top of the tree!

Our Miel Miaow likes nothing more than scaling the heights… of trees, she isn’t scared of heights in fact she enjoys finding a nice branch and surveying the land from it, oh yes and if a little bird happens to pop by she will oblige and stalk it, walking the tightrope of thing branches with panache.

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She also has a new favourite spot on tera firm as well, on a nice big stone well padded with moss so nice and comfy, from here she can survey her land and watch for mice.

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She even invites Barnaby Pickles over for a look too, if she’s in the mood for doggy company.

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Miss Mischief

 

 

Unlike Barnaby Pickles Miss Miel Miaow is not camera shy, far from it she will always oblige and give you a stare for the camera.

Having hunted for her for ages the other day i found her sound asleep in an Ikea bag on top of lots of boxes in our kitchen. She’s obviously a thrifty cat choosing to sleep in an Ikea bag there were lots to choose from, Sainsbury’s, Intermarche, Eleclerc etc

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A few of their favourite things…..

Theres nothing Barnaby Pickles likes better than sniffing, especially when he finds a hole in the ground, after calling him for a few minutes i discovered why he wasn’t respodning he had his head down a hole snorting and grunting, the result a very dirty snout but one happy Pickle.

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Our Princess Miel Miaow on the other hand has more refined taste and would much rather spend her time amongst the Christmas Presents, glitter, sparkle and bows are a few of her favourite things.

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