Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Cosy Things

I forgot to show you the beautiful grapes given to us by Pierre and Nicole. They grow them in their polytunnel.


They also gave us some fresh lettuce and half a dozen eggs from their chickens.


My little flower bed at the front is beginning to look prettier with a bit more colour appearing.



 The girls down the lane having a nice drink.


We had some hot dog rolls left over so I made a bread pudding. It was delicious but was more what I would call a bread and butter pudding. I made a couple of simple alterations to the recipe - I let the bread soak in the mixture for half an hour or so, added a handful of sultanas and sprinkled demerara sugar on top. Very easy to make and great for leftover bread. Click here for the recipe.....Simple Bread Pudding.



I've enjoyed some sewing. Several years ago I had cut out these large squares of pretty floral fabric with the intention of making some patchwork curtains. I brought them to France thinking I could make something with them. My first thought was a table cloth but I realised I had enough to make a large quilt. So I drew up a simple pattern and sewed them all together.


Here is the completed quilt top....light shining on it from the Velux window. I will take it back to England to quilt (possibly by hand as I find the thought of machine quilting such a large size a little daunting!) and then probably bring it back to France. Nice to make use of these pretty fabric squares at last!


So lovely to have your company!

Maggie xx

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Pottering, Friends and the Seaside

Feeling quite tired after our visitors had left, we pottered about for a few days managing to get some outstanding jobs done. A Breton tradesman, who had fitted our wood burner, came by to re-install the sink in the downstairs toilet. We also made time to catch up with some friends. We spent a lovely morning at Pierre and Gabrielle's, drinking coffee, eating French cakes and then walking in their beautiful garden. We popped by and had a nice chat with Henri and Yvette. Also, Maureen, popped by our house for a cup of tea. Maureen is a Facebook friend, who I had only met in person briefly and who lives nearby.












We moved and reconstructed the goat pen.



After a few days pottering and socialising, we had a night away in Harvey J. We decided to try somewhere new and headed to Penmarc'h on the South West coast. Unfortunately the sat nav stopped working on the way and we had to resort to the old way of doing things....reading a map!!

We found an overnight aire for the motorhome at St Guenolé. 


It was just minutes away from the rocky coastline. We went for a beautiful walk along the coast and long sandy beach.












 






It was lovely to have a break away at the seaside.

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Family Fun Time

Katherine, Sam and Charlie.....it was so lovely to have them to stay. I think I speak for everyone when I say we all had a wonderful time together.

We had fun on the beach at Le Pouldu......



The beach was relatively quiet even though it was a hot August day.


We took a stroll around the coastline and the neighbouring beach at Clohars-Carnoët was much busier.




We had fun in the garden.....






Great weather for barbecues.....



Charlie and Grandad enjoyed reading bedtime stories together.....


We said Bonjour to Serge's cows just down the road.....




......and went for a shady riverside walk at Scaër.





Katherine built a fabulous enclosure for Bam Bam and Time. It's great because you can move it around when they've eaten everything.


Nice for them to have some time and space without their tethers.....



Sam got busy in the workshop making us a fantastic coffee table. He even measured Spencer so that the table was high enough so that his tail did not swish the coffee cups off!


Charlie enjoyed helping me feed Bam Bam and Time each morning.....


Sam also made us a wonderful wooden planter for our herbs.....


A walk to visit some local girlies nearly got rained off.....



Breakfast was always fun!




We took another picturesque walk at Chateauneuf-du-Faou followed by delicious pizza at the riverside restaurant.




We missed them when they'd gone home...


We hope they come to stay again soon!

Thanks for popping by my blog!

Maggie xx