Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Love Messages on Wood

Chris found some wood up on the first floor of the farmhouse...... piece had some romantic messages written on it.....

How lovely!

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Simple Rustic Bread Recipes

I've been trying some easy bread recipes.

White Artisan Bread by Autumn's blog It's Always Autumn. Click here for the recipe.

This one you don't even have to knead! It's very easy to make and the white version uses only plain flour, salt, yeast and water. The only drawback is that you have to start making it the day before. I've tried the white and wholemeal version and liked both.

Wholemeal version click here.

The other bread recipe I've tried is Easy Peesy French Bread from Julie's blog My Mundane and Miraculous Life. Click here for the recipe.

This requires a small amount of kneading but much less time. You can make it in a couple of hours. I made it with white flour which was very nice. I then tried wholemeal flour and also Pain de Campagne flour. It needed baking for an extra 15 minutes or so but was very delicious especially topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan and a few herbs!

Anyway I thought I'd share the recipes with you. They really are very easy and there's something very satisfying about making your own bread!

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx

Friday, 19 May 2017

A Day at the Seaside - Trévignon

Last Saturday, we took a trip to the seaside with our friends, Bob and Val.

We wanted to go somewhere we hadn't been to before and Chris researched and chose Trévignon on the South coast of Finistère.

We had a delicious lunch at the Créperie La Marinière.

We went for a walk out onto the harbour wall and then along the coastal path.

Thanks for visiting!

Maggie xx

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Springtime in Brittany

So we're back again to some beautiful Spring weather in the Breton countryside.

We've actually been back for 2 weeks already but today has been the first rainy day I've had a chance to sit down and write my blog.

The local farmers are extremely busy at this time of year.....

Beautiful clover......

This farmer was planting the maize crop.....

The tractor attachment lays down these plastic strips at the same time as planting the maize seed.

We have restarted our renovation work. Last time Chris had made the frame for the bedroom wall. Last week we attached the multi-couche insulation.....

....and then Chris fixed it to the wall and fitted the insulation bats. It's certainly going to be toasty warm in there!

He is now in the process of attaching the plasterboard.

I've been painting the bedroom door frame, door and also the hallway ceiling and walls. I'll take some pics when it's all finished.

My herb planter had become very overgrown whilst we've been away so I pulled out the weeds and laid some weed control fabric.

Chris has been mowing and strimming around the garden.

You can see how high the grass had grown.....

I've planted some runner beans, courgettes.....

....and sweetpeas....

......also Canterbury Bells......

......and Godetia......

I've been enjoying baking some rustic bread using some really easy recipes that I will share with you soon....

It's lovely to get back into the wonderful lifestyle we have over here and when the local farmer and his wife bring us fresh milk from their dairy, you know that life is pretty good!

Thank you for visiting!

Maggie xx