There were two donkeys in St Georges de Longuepierre. They are a special breed and each year villages in the area receive two of them to look after in order to preserve the species. They seen all out of proportion, were friendly and I loved them.
My Breton neighbours were away for a couple of weeks before me. They were packing in loads of visits to friends and family. I was pleased to find they had arrived back in the village yesterday, but when I went round to see them Paulette was in a wheelchair. In the first few days of the holiday she had skidded on wet grass and fell with her leg under her and has broken both sides of her lower leg. Two metal plates were fitted during an operation and a plaster cast applied. She can’t weight bear for six weeks from the operation - still another three weeks to go. They came over for lunch today. Her husband has been cooking for them both since the accident and I thought he might need a break. I had supper there on Thursday night and he had made a very nice riz au lait - rice pudding - with caramel drizzled on the top, but he says he won't be cooking any more once his wife is fit again!
They returned from their holiday to find their salad beds devastated by slugs and snails so put down some of my little blue slug pellets to try and deter them. There was a mushroom growing on their lawn which Christian gave to me and he assured me that it was safe to eat. I had it with an entrecote steak and survived.
My salad stuff is in the polytunnel and I seem to have been lucky with only one slug attack on very tiny seedlings early in the season. A few weeks ago I visited a garden centre and bought twenty-four winter lettuce plants which I planted out in the tunnel where the tomatoes used to be. I’ve still got salad leaves, sage, parsley, aubergines, peppers, courgettes and cucumbers in the tunnel and my butternut squash are harvested and hardening off in there along with the picked ripening tomatoes and onions that didn’t have long enough stems to string up.
Three things I like:
1. The thought of two new kittens here by the end of the afternoon.
2. Being back home again - it's always lovely to walk back into my own house even though I enjoyed my trip away.
3. Scones, which I baked this morning, with Cornish clotted cream and cherry conserve.