Posted by: kathandroger | November 1, 2009

Hello world!

It’s almost 6 months now since we left the UK and moved to La Belardiere, at the northern end of the beautiful Creuse Valley. Our first summer has been an absolutely fabulous one, not least because the weather has been exceptionally good right up until the end of October. The fruit and vegetable crops have been unbelievable too. It has been a great year for fruit everywhere and we have been deluged with the most magnificent cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, apples, pears, figs, grapes and currently walnuts.

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The sheer volume of fruit before we were really ready for it caught us by surprise and whilst we now have a cupboard full of jams, jellies, chutneys and jars of fruit in various alcohols, next year (if we get any fruit!!) we will be ready to learn from our neighbours who make something delicious out of absolutely everything.

As for our ‘potager’, the sheer fertility of the land here combined with the great climate has provided us with wonderful vegetables all summer. The super sweet tomatoes, great tasting orange squash (potimarron) and gigantic beetroot have been my favourites. The beans and courgettes easily the most prolific. We are trying to learn by seeing what the locals do and have our favourite gardens that we watch. Yesterday we saw an old boy planting his onions – so we bought a kilo at the market this morning and they are now in the ground. I the UK we would never have planted them until probably March, so it will be interesting to see how they work out!

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Roger planting onions with the ever helpful Boudie

Now November has begun and with it the weather has finally turned autumnal. So our attentions are turning to the many other jobs and activities we have in store…not least the question of a rather large barn to convert!

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