Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Nous sommes le lundi vingt mars

Snow, but not a lot. The hills over towards St. Martial have a covering but it will be gone in a couple of hours.
Just when we thought spring had arrived on the first day of spring we have a bit of snow.
Malc will be coming home this afternoon, he has to return for a hospital visit Friday and this will go on  between Albi hospital 
and here for some months. Here the local nurse will call every day.... but the main thing is he will be in his own bed!!
Well actually he will be in a hospital bed on loan from the pharmacy.
Well he will be in his own room... well actually he will be in the spare bedroom!
He will be here at Mas del Sol and be able to see the kestrels and the dogs, cats and ME.

If any one needs hospital care though we can speak very highly of it.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Carnival time at Vaour


Carnival time, check the link

Great communal idea

I hope Malc will be well enough to go, it is a lovely iniative.

Nous sommes le lundi dix neuf mars

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Coming up

  1. AGACANTHE – female vocal group – music and poetry in the salle des fetes in Bruniquel. Pieces in the programme include: Pergolèse, Mozart, G. Holst, Elgar, P. Casals.  Tickets 8€. Information : 05 63 63 75 35.
  2. Karaoke with Karalain in the Bar des Sports in Varen from 9pm
  3.  Both next Friday.


A damp start

A damp start to the morning but out in the donkey field this morning it was not cold.
Enjoy the market today in St. Antonin as we go into spring the market seems to start to double in size and what a thriving market it is.
I was unable to be at the friperie yesterday morning in Varen , so thanks to all the helpers who went along over the two days  friday afternoon setting up and opening 10 to noon on Saturday.
I am told it was a busy morning and the take was excellent. I did go down with the keys to open up and the range of things for sale is amazing, certainly worth popping in for a look. The market stallholders says there has been an increase of through traffic and Saturday mornings in Varen seem to be the place you should be. Coffee at the bar afterwards and from the 24 th of March stay for lunch at the Moulin.
The villagers are also coming into the shop for their bargains and there is a joke with one couple that they will be getting a fidelity card.

Nous sommes le dimanche dix huit mars

Should I give you the good news first then the bad news,
Malc is doing really well and may come home next week.
The bad news is yesterday afternoon I  pranged the car, well the tyre and the wheely bit putting it in technical terms hit a stationery tipper truck thingy.
The car had to be towed away leaving me without transport to go to the hospital
So then we have good and bad news again...
The garage at Verfeil suddenly at 7.30 pm tonight  brought me our other car back repaired. 
Now the bad news, whilst talking to the “garagist”  I left the first meal I could be bothered to cook this week on the coffee table and Eldo ate it all.. except the peas.
photos of everything except Eldo licking his lips on finishing.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Rosie with her half sister Lucy

We have loved having our donkey girls for 10 years but it is time for them to move to new owners and a new life.
We will be heartbroken when they leave but we know for them it is the best and their owners have all the right credentials
and most importantly will love them.

Nous sommes le samedi dix sept mars


My donkeys will soon be going to a new loving home near the Pyrenees. If you are interested in donkeys or shetland ponies Jan has some needing rehoming at the moment.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Albi is magnificent.

 Not a bad view from a bed in intensive care in the cardiology department in Albi.
What a beautiful cathedral and city Albi is.
Malc is now much recovered and able to enjoy his surroundings more and especially since he left intensive care behind.
We hope he can be home next week sometime

Nous sommes le vendredi seize mars

The nightingales have arrived, I laid in bed listening  to the song coming from the hedge in the back garden very early this morning.
The kestrels are here and enjoying the sunny weather, they have not yet started mating, but they are checking out the nest area constantly.
The small finches arriving for sunflower seeds have been wonderful this winter, with two beautiful hawfinch pairs.
This afternoon I will be visiting Malc in hospital but if you have items to donate to the shop there will be people at the old town hall in Varen from 3 to 5pm

Thursday, 15 March 2018

spring is sprung!

My first violets spotted in the lanes today with cowslips appearing.
Spring is in the air!

Le Moulin de Varen

Reopening the 24 th of March, bookings now being taken, yippee!

Nous sommes le jeudi quinze mars

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Found at Cambou

Hi Val
Really sorry to bother you  ......... but have just walked my 3 dogs and en route found a little puppy at Cambou, in the middle of nowhere , he is warm and fed but small maybe 6 weeks , Lab , border, Staffie, Newfie who knows ! I seriously cant have any more , could you put him on Tag hopefully to find his owner but if not to find him a home .
Thank you
Jo x.  stephensjoane@gmail.com

Nous sommes le mercredi quatorze mars

At les Cabannes