Off again

Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
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La Forge

Flag of France  , Limousin,
Saturday, April 27, 2013

During the last few months, we've been fairly quiet on the blog front. We were working (for money) and farmsitting too. We've headed off again, but not far, just to France. And we're not travelling really, we're staying in one place for a few weeks back with our friends Peter and Julie. We're helping out around their fermette. 
 
We arrived near the beginning of April when the weather was very cold and very wet, driving through snow in France. The food garden planting had to be delayed as there's no point putting seeds in cold, wet soil. They won't grow but they would rot. So for a week, we worked on indoor jobs or under the hangar jobs, trying to keep warm and dry, chopping firewood or cleaning insulation for the renovations. Then suddenly the sun came, blossoms broke free, and we shifted into working on shorts and wellie tans. Laura concentrated on planting whilst I shoveled, rotavated and barrowed muck. 

Only one of the goats is pregnant and ideally she needs a clean area for delivery. She is due anytime yesterday. So we mucked out the goat shelter and carted the manure over the paddock to the garden where I'd already unloaded the muck heap onto the veggie beds. We're still waiting for Neige to produce kids or a kid. We're told that goat babies are the cutest!




 
The change in weather also meant it was haircut time for the sheep. A morning's work of persuading the sheep into a shed and holding them still for the shearing. Getting started takes ages and then they seem to realise that they can't go anywhere plus we're not hurting them. In fact they get more comfortable as the buzzing continues to remove their thick wool and they quieten down. That is until we have to cut the wool around their faces and necks. They don't like that and pee on my legs in disgust. Pedicures and worming are all included in their trip to the salon.

We've had fun at fetes and evenings with friends. Photos for familiarisation. Oh and the reason for blogging today? The weather is cold and wet again. Well, we were moaning that it was too hot for working in!
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