I am English and my husband is French . We moved here from England 12 years ago. We have about three hectares of land. As we are in a valley most of it is woodland with an area of meadow and a large vegetable and flower garden. We work as gardeners so our garden is very important and totally organic. We cut the meadow once or twice a year to encourage wildflowers. In the winter we cut our own wood, coppice and try to manage it for wildflowers. We have an old Jack Russell called Toffee, 1 cat, two chickens, lots of ducks, bees and incredible insects and butterflies ..
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Meal times are important, a time to talk and learn from each other.we are a mix of english culture and french.
We cut the meadow gradually so we have different heights of grass , but all the grass has to be collected. This is done manually as we have quite steep slopes.Some of the slopes are terraced, but these are becoming very overgrown so they need to be cleared with a brushcutter. Work and maintenance on the paths so we have access with the motorised wheelbarrow. Dry stone walling. Some of the terraces need repairs. Lots of other jobs in the garden, picking fruit and vegetables.\nPreserving and baking. I bake nearly all the bread and lots of cakes. We are not vegetarain, but we do not eat a lot of meat. We grow most of our vegetables.
June we start cutting the grass in the meadow. The garden is open on Sundays so we weed and deadhead. Paths in the woods are overgrown and need attention.
July, the garden is open on Sundays so we continue to weed and dead head. We cut some more of the meadow and clear the brambles in the woods. Vegetables to be picked and jam making.
August is generally hot. The house needs attention, we hope to renovate the bathroom. More fruit and vegetables from the garden. The banks of the stream need attention and more of the meadow needs to be cut
September, seed collection, fruit and veg to be dealt with. Fire wood needs to be brought in for winter
October, is the main month for dealing with the garden,. moving, dividing and potting up plants.
English and french
A separate chalet in the garden with a double bed. Compost toilet in the garden and shower and wash basin in the top of the barn
We live in a small hamlet, beside a stream. The nearest village (La Bastide L\'Eveque) is 3 km and the nearest town (Villefranche de Rouergue) 11Km. There are bicycles. There are lots of paths for walking, including a GR. You can swim in the Aveyron river, just 2km. 10 minutes walk from the house we have the Martinet, where they used the water to work the copper. It is now a museum, with demonstrations.We have a piano and my husband plays the guitar. His first love is gypsy jazz, but he plays all sorts.
We welcome most people but we don''t think we could cope with Donald Trump's supporters.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week