July Calendar


The weather so far has been very mixed this July.  Sometimes extremely hot – peaking at 37C – and at other times very wet.  So a mixture of sunshine and rain that the garden has thrived on. The early potatoes lifted last week (Mona Lisa) are proving very tasty and we are also picking the first french beans and courgettes. Both varieties of climbing beans are doing well with the purple beans already coming into flower. As a bonus, both cats find the bean tunnel a good shady place on a hot day.

Lots of the flowers we planted earlier, including Foxglove “Alba” are now flowering along with the sweet peas.

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A recent trip to a music concert reminded us of the beautiful countryside we have around us.

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A friend posted some pictures on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, saying that she often forgets what a beautiful place she lives in until she sees it in photos of the area.

I was reminded of how her words, and how we often don’t really ‘see’ our local area, when we concert flyerdrove over to the village of Lavoûte-Chilhac last week, to go to this concert in the church there. It’s only a half hour drive away, and a very scenic drive at that, up and out of the Senouire valley, over the hills, with stunning views of the chain of Puys, and down into the Allier Valley. The centre of Lavoûte-Chilhac is built within a huge loop of the River Allier, so that it is almost an island – you can get an idea from the photo above.

It’s a pretty little village, with a few shops, a bar & restaurant…

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June calendar

Its been a very hot month so far, with storms in between the sunshine. This has saved us from doing a lot of watering and with the bonus of a full water-butt.

Looking north over the tomato plot

Looking north over the tomato plot

Looking south down the garden

Looking south down the garden

Everything for this season is now planted out or sown, just waiting for some beans and fennel to germinate!

So far we have been able to harvest rhubarb, strawberries, peas, salad, and egyptian onions. The new potatoes will soon be ready and the red and black currants are both near ripeness. We have lots of blueberries this year, however they need a few more weeks before ripening ready to eat.


Walk: ” La Serpentine” PR 408 ( Grahy – St Prejet-Armandon – Cougeat – Cubelles – Grahy) 10km 09/06/2014


Abandoned Renault 4, Cougeat

Abandoned Renault 4, Cougeat

We set off early morning to try and avoid the heat, but as we chose one of the hottest days of the year so far, it was a lot harder than the 10km actually travelled.