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Vegetarian for a day


Sometimes we go off meat and fancy being virtuous. This was our supper last night: macaroni pie made with milk, cheese, eggs, peppers, onions, tomato, chives and a hint of garlic. Add a few slices of courgette on the side. A thrifty way of using up veggies. Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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Nothing makes me happier


Than seeing my old dog brought back to life by having his two younger 'brothers' racing around him. My family. Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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From the farm to my table


We visit the local market on foot every Thursday where a couple have been trading their farm produce for years. Such is their reputation that the queue is long for fresh lettuce, peppers, parsley, melons, peaches, apricots, anything which is in season and even their own honey. The taste and value are in incomparable. The same applies to fresh chickens, eggs laid that morning, ducks (wild or domestic), handmade unpasteurized cheeses, freshly caught local fish, even oil made from grape pips. So the carrots are a bit wonky and not that glorious irradiated Chernobyl orange. But the flavour! Thank you, God, for letting me return to the land of my soul. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Preparing for the village fete


...by making buntings. Took us three hours! #ILoveFrance Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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How to BarBQ chicken in 38 degrees C


Use a wood fired stove and stay cool by starting to cook when the punishing sun  goes down. That, unfortunately, means eating at 9.00pm, later than I would like. Today at my house in SW France. Wood collected on dog walks. #savethefuckingplanet Photo copyright SvD. #ILoveFrance #Buggerbrexit Original link
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Happiness is....


...babies snoozing on mum's lap. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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They died so that millenials could be free


10 June 1944, Oradour-sur-Glane. Look it up: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oradour-sur-Glane Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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Newest member of our family


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Porridge days...


...after a long, dry, sizzling spell, the oats are ready for harvest. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Wasps or hornets?


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Unfortunate names...


Please, no silly jokes. On a recent trip to France. Photo copyright  SvD. Original link
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Country fun...


....known as 'darting' here in the countryside. We keep ourselves amused. Photo copyright Ian C. Original link
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How the ordinary can be extraordinary...


We're enjoying the sun at the moment, a rare commodity in Northern Europe. The field where I walk every morning and evening is bustling with vibrancy and activity. Within all the turmoil of life at its summer peak, we take the burst of life which this season brings for granted. Just like in our everyday lives we forget that the ordinary is equally extraordinary. We may too busy, too harassed and too self-absorbed to recognise that small gestures can be reassuring, calming and life affirming. A smile could make your day for example and equally, just smiling at someone else could lift their spirits too. I was reminded of this by watching the grass this morning, the seed heads standing like sen...
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Love is....


....sharing pyjamas... Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Cooking is for the birds...


...so easy. Our supper tonight. Anyone can do this. Bake haddock fillets in knobs of butter with salt and pepper at 220 degrees C uncovered. On the stove, fry one bunch spring onions, coarsely chopped in dash olive oil. Add a ton of chopped garlic, one blanched, peeled tomato cut into cubes and a dash of dry white wine. Simmer. Add the juices from the fish. Add cream. Simmer 'til thickened. Add the fish. Serve with roast potatoes or chips and a salad. If you want to learn how to cook, get an old French cookbook such as Escoffier. Modern celebrity TV 'chefs' have simply ripped off traditional European cuisine as their own and they can't actually cook. Photo  copyright SvD. Original link
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Pretty Poppy


In the field this am. They are everywhere this year and lasting longer than usual. Oh, so pretty. This wild variety does not have a sinister side and bees love it! Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Missssster snake made himself comfortable...


We had been watching the tadpoles grow and had even swotted up on when their legs would appear and how long it would take before we had little frogs racing to freedom from the safety of their pond. Unfortunately as is often the case in life, there are those who lie in wait as sworn enemies. Enter Mr Snake who was seen slithering into the pond and then basking in the sun looking somewhat pleased with himself. The tadpole population is currently zero and the carp are starting to worry. Mr Snake has taken up residence in the compost where his wife/girlfriend/mistress has given birth to several eggs. We're assuming Mr Snake shed this skin, how he found the time we don't know! In the compost. Pho...
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Guess where porridge comes from...


....oats. Ten steps from my front door. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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The bleeding obvious


Helpfully, the fish counter at my local supermarket advises me that the raw turbot on sale contains fish. And this is the finished product. I'm still alive, in case you're wondering. Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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In memory of those who died for us...


...THANK YOU. You will never be forgotten. #DDAY75 #LESTWEFORGET This evening in the field. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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