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Let the festivities begin….

Sorry for the lack of posts of the last few weeks it’s been a busy time here in Fayssac with Kev and I popping back and fro to London and lots of renovations happening in the house.

The last few weeks have been very cloudy and drizzly but there is always beauty to be found, even in the drabbest of weather. This time last year the countryside was just a mix of browns as no crops had been planted. But this year the farmers and mother nature have obviously realised that we all need a bit of colour in the winter, and the fields are blanketed with a beautiful green carpet of grass and mother nature has had a word with the oak trees and asked them to slow down losing their leaves. It’s nearly the end of December and their leaves have only just turned to amazing shades of yellow and gold which really does add a shot of colour to the horizon.


And the last few days the cloud has blown away and left us with stunning blue skies and festive frosty mornings.



I have been busy festivating [is that a word?no? well it is now] the house in readiness for our Christmas guests.

Holly and mistletoe have been purchased from our local market.


They have been added to our festive arrangements to add a shot of colour.


The log burners are constantly on to give us heat and add a festive flare



Mother nature has generously donated lots of fur tree branches to help decorate Maison Murier





And what have the pets done to help?


Just lounge around as usual!!!!!

Merry Christmas everyone have a fabulous festive period

Love to you all

Phill Kev signitures copy

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Sunrises, sunsets and bits in-between.

This week has brought us some beautiful sunrises


And stunning sunsets


The weather has been really lovely, i can’t believe that we are still in T shirts in the middle of November.

Ive spent most of the weekend in the garden planting over 300 bulbs, tulips, bluebells, miscarries, and narcisi.

In the front of the house are three long patches of flag irises, which were really stunning last spring, but as we are making that area into a drive and parking they need to be moved, so i started that job this afternoon.


I have dug trenches along the wire fence at the back of the garden and have filled them with the dug up irises well some of them as there are so many and I’m only half way through digging them up.

So lots more beds to dig this week, Barnaby Pickles decided to help, pity he dug the holes that had already been dug.


Miel Miaow trotted along after all the hard work had been done.


And then promptly decided to have a rest.

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A new roof, guttering oh & kitchen window, all in one week!

It’s been a busy week here in Fayssac. We have had two sets of builders on site – one finishing off our new roof and guttering and the other knocking a big hole in the front of the house to create a space for our new kitchen window and doors.

IMG_2411The roof is finished so we are all watertight and now the builders are just adding the guttering all around the house and barns, so no more getting drenched when it rains.


The weather has been beautiful, but we had lots of rain on the weekend so the ground is soaked and very soft, so our lovely garden has been ripped up.


There has been so much old wood from the roofs, should help with the wood burning stoves.



Our two old windows in the kitchen are due to become one, and work begins.



The workmen have been fabulous, but it’s dust city everywhere.



Supports go in to stop the front of the house collapsing.


Finally the beams are added and here’s how they did it.

Pop back tomorrow to see the end result!



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Muriers are planted

On Monday our Murier [mulberry] trees were delivered, we have been waiting and waiting to get them as the ideal time to plant them is in November, so the local tree nursery told us.

We had booked John the dig for Thursday to dig the holes and do various other things in the garden that needed doing, but alas he couldn’t come as his new baby boy was born in the early hours of that morning [congratulations to him and his lovely wife]. So Kev and and I decided to dig the holes for the tree ourselves, we could only do the one side of the garden as the established tree have to be dug up using the digger and moved to a new home on the other side of the garden.


So dig we did and dig and dig and plant and plant until we hit a patch of solid rock which we had to break through using one of our industrial strength power tools. Just think of all the calories we are burning off I offered up to Kev in an attempt to keep him motivated.

We finally managed to get through the rock and plant the last tree and mighty fine they look as well.


Now just the other side of the garden to do, hmmm how long is male maternity leave?

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Re Roofing

Well at last after waiting for an extra 6 months the roofs over Marion & Ian’s and our house has been started.

We have held out as everyone we have spoken to has said that our roofer Mr Coucoureux is the best roofer in this area, and also his quote was the cheapest.

I have to say we have not been disappointed so far, his workmen have been fabulous, very friendly and accommodating and most importantly their work is really good.

Here are a few pics of whats been happening so far.


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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween Everyone


Its Halloween, where did that year go?

Tradition in Fayssac is that all the kids come around at 5pm, kev and I waited, nothing  so we  decided to take the dog for a walk leaving Kev’s mum in charge of proceedings, candles lit, sweets out and dog with us. As we were at the bottom of the field we could here the screams of the kids raiding the sweeties, so off we strode with a happy doggy and it sounded like the kiddies strode off happy on a sugar hi.


On our return from walkies with an exhausted pickle, the bowl was empty, so some quick visual readjusting was needed of the Halloween display.

Now as my dear friend Rachel will know i am so predictable and as she is not with us this year but in Saudi wearing a Darth Vader costume and not just for All hallows Eve, we always try to watch the ultimate halloween film “Hocus Pocus” staring the Divine miss M.

So just for Rachel {wee miss you honey]  heres a clip.

And to keep the spooky feeling of this post, we have had some lovely evening walks with the Pickle, mainly because I’m still on summertime and keep forgetting it gets dark so early now.

The evening skies have been beautifull.



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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.


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.


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!!!!


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!!!



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



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Summer Swangsong

The shadows are getting longer and the days shorter, summer is singing its swansong and Mother Nature is beckoning Autumn on.
Whilst walking Barnaby Pickles the other day I found this one last sunflower (turnasole) smiling brightly in the freshly ploughed field, it gave me a quick reminder of our fabulous summer.


One of the last turnasoles of the season


And what a summer we have had here in Fayssac, we have worked really hard putting in the pool,building decking and stone walls, growing yummy veggies in our potager, maintaining our land, painting shutters, building staircases, digging trenches to connect power, water &  data cables around the garden etc, i could go on and on.


The start of one of many walls in our garden

We have also had fabulous fun times with all the guests that have visited and continue to visit us, our house has been like a busy bee hive, and we have loved every moment, our guests have made us take time out to explore and enjoy everything that this amazing area has to offer.

Sheri and Rachel enjoying the aroma of French roses in Cordes Sur Ciel

Sheri and Rachel enjoying the aroma of French roses in Cordes Sur Ciel

John and Helen enjoying a coffee in a secret cafe we found in Cordes

John and Helen enjoying a coffee in a secret cafe we found in Cordes

Today’s (8th October) weather has been amazing 29 degrees, so lovely for this time of year.
I decided to Kate Sheri (my cousin who has been staying) off to Lake Roucarie which is a huge dam and has the most beautiful walks, we took the pickle with us, he swan we paddled and picked pine cones to use as fire lighters and all was well with the world.

Selfi with Sheri at lake Roucarie

Selfi with Sheri at lake Roucarie





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Fill me up!

At last our pool liner has been fitted and now we have to wait for it to fill up with water which will take about two days.
Now it’s time for decking, lots of decking…..

Fitting the base sheeting yesterday


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The pool has to fill up to the first step then we take out the hoover poles which are keeping the liner tight and let gravity do the rest.




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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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