Posted by: kathandroger | September 10, 2011

House building and harvest

We are finally close to the end of the plasterboarding work in our first barn – hurray! Next on the agenda – plasterboarding in barn 2! However, as it all starts to come together it is proving very satisfying work. And the cloisons – or partition walls – are certainly much quicker and easier to put up that the ceiling or the outer walls. Here is Roger at the start of the week, once we’d put up all the rails and supports…

…and a few days later with the door frames and walls in place…

It is really starting to take shape and look like someone could live there. We’ve sorted out the tiles for the downstairs and the parquet for the upstairs this week…. Progress!

Meanwhile, the garden continues to bear significant fruit. Our figs are a full month earlier than last year – just the sweetest juiciest things you could imagine. Unfortunately Boudie thinks so too! Didn’t know dogs ate fruit? I made a huge pot of chutney today with figs, walnuts (last years crop of course), apples, chillis and tomatoes this afternoon. Let’s hope it’s good as we have lots of it! Speaking of lots, I asked Roger to go and pick a few grapes this afternoon. He reappeared about half an hour later, looking pleased with himself…

… I hadn’t planned to spend all afternoon making grape juice, but then at least we now have plenty in the freezer to see us through the coming weeks!


  1. Grape Juice? What recipie do you use?
    Here’s one: 5K of grapes with large stalks removed. Crush the grapes and pass through a sieve, collecting the juice in a bowl. Add the juice of 1 small lemon and flavour with 1-2 tablespoons of orange blossom water, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2-3 tablespoons of sugar. (You can, I think, use rose water instead of orange blossom water!).

    So glad your renovation project is on course.

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