Friday, 8 August 2014

Behind bars! And meet the neighbours...

Sometimes, I really don't know what goes on in my darling Poppy's doggy mind. I am usually pretty good at reading her, but a couple of days ago, she had me stumped. 

We were clearing out the barn in preparation for the party, all the future projects which had accumulated in there, garden furniture, tools, work benches, well, you know, tons of stuff. The antique metal bed frame we had bought years ago is still waiting to be sandblasted, but I thought it would look nice put up in the garden for the summer, rather than just being crammed into DH's work room. 

A couple of hours after putting it up, this sight greeted me and made me chuckle, my Poppy girl behind bars -

Does she look slightly bewildered to you? Is she saying ' hang on a mo, isn't there something missing from this bed? '

Strange girl, she was quite happy sitting in there for ages.

And as we are talking animals at the moment, I thought I'd introduce you to our newest and closest neighbours, the fluffiest little white baby Charolais cows -

For a split second this looked like a many legged cow, lol, until I realised there was a little calf behind the mummy cow -

Gorgeous little creatures.

Not quite so gorgeous are spiders, but they do construct the most beautiful webs-

The veggie patch is supplying us with loads of fresh veggies every day. Digging up potatoes is like digging for treasure, it is so much fun. Beans are very plentiful and so delicious, and the round courgetty things are rampant. I swear they double in size over night. Tomatoes are coming along very nicely now and I pick cherry tomatoes and Andine Cornu tomatoes every day. Just as well that we love eating toms. Beetroot are a decent size now, and I think I would like the balsamic vinegar roasted beetroots with our Sunday dinner. Oh, pumpkins, gorgeous French pumpkins for soup. We found a lovely sounding recipe for a Thai pumpkin soup, so I am looking forward to that.

Just a couple of garden pics. Round courgettes -

Pumpkins, such a gorgeous colour -

Climbing beans -

Had to edit and add a couple of pics of the potatoes and beans I picked for dinner. They are the tastiest knobbly pink spuds, and the beans are sooooo long, yet so tender. Delicious!

Morning view -

At the moment, the sun is shining, but we are preparing for the forecast thunderstorms today, and hail overnight/tomorrow.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend,

Toodlepip xxx


Elizabeth said...

I always loved Summer in France, something very special about it. Our 'neighbours' were little black sheep!

Rita C. said...

What a special post today! Love the photos, all of them. The baby cows look like they have earrings on with their tags in their ears. :)

Healing Woman said...

Everything in France is better..the food, the views, the 'feel.' Enjoy your time there. Will watch for what you do with bed.

Rhonda said...

I look forward to your posts, Liz, I truly do.

Love the puppy story, they are the cutest! Just sitting there content as all can be. Too sweet.

The many legged cow made me laugh.

Homegrown veggies are the best. We had tomatoes for the longest time.
Time to plant more.

Much love and love your view, spectacular.

Marci said...

I love your posts, too. It looks so beautiful! The white cows are so pretty, and your Poppy is looking for the comfy mattress. :)) Your veggies look delicious, making me hungry. And that bed! I always wanted one.

Createology said...

Your garden bounty looks amazing. Poppy is very entertaining. I have not seen white cows. Lovely terrain and view.

May said...

Your garden goodies look fabulous... the photos are so beautiful...I think Poppy Girl is looking for the mattress to have a nap (lol) Have a happy weekend ... Hugs May x x

Dorthe said...

My dear Liz, what a wonderful bunch of fantastic fresh vegetables for you to eat and enjoy. Love your pink potatoes, do they fade when cooked ? Your pumpkins and beans are beautiful, too- and so are your photoes of both vegetables, and cows, they are almost lovely , lol- and not to forget your Poppy so funny sitting there in the empty bed - -you are a wonderful photografher my friend.
Thank you dear Liz, for your loving and kind note to me, it means a lot, to know you are thinking of me ,also this time. Warmest hugs from me, and much love.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

WOW, I am speechless!

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Betsy said...

I am loving your pictures of your area, they are so beautiful and relaxing. The bed that Poppy is in is beautiful, THAT is what I ned to look for for my garden...Such an amazing photo of the valley below you! just amazing.

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Lizzie, Poppy looks like she's complaining about the missing comfy mattress. How just could you not make a cozy bed for her, lol.
The white cows are beautiful and your veggies look so yummy.
I hope the thunderstorm is over and you have lovely weather today.
Have a happy Sunday :)!

Lynn Stevens said...

Wonderful photos Liz, Looks like a Fabulous summer!
Hugs Lynn

Alexandra Eitel said...

Ne wie geil ist das Bett denn :O

Tolle Bilder hast du wieder gemacht meine Liebe!

Meine Tomaten sind dieses Jahr nicht so dolle. Irgendwie verregnet.

Ich wünsch dir was
liebe Grüße Alexandra