Stories and Lentils

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Adventures in the south of France, living simply, building a home and chasing after two feisty little girls...

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Yesterday we discovered wild growing lavender above the village. We picked some to dry for concoctions later in the year and L crept up on butterflies and I suppressed my ongoing paranoia about snakes... #lavender #frenchliving #summertime #pyrenees #slowliving #forage
This time last year we were baking in our tent, worrying about the snake who lived next door and at war with horse flies. We still don't have a kitchen, a living room, a remotely safe staircase, a garden or plaster on the walls but these afternoons inside away from the hot sun are luxury indeed!

#theneverendingrenovationproject #summertime #slowliving #childhoodunplugged #familyadventures
My not so humble mention of my very humble harvest, gathered when we got back to France... It might not feed our family for long but i'm still so proud! Out of shot are a lot more courgettes and i have terrible recollections of courgette gluts from my childhood and now I'm doing the same to my girls. Courgette three times a day anyone?

#homegrown #rainbowharvest #summertime #potager
Haymaking.
Roaming the same fields I did when I was the the same age... And now it's Goodbye to the farm, the patient kittens, the paddled in stream, the climbed trees, the ancient and dangerous trampoline and the babysitting aunties and uncles. Until next time...
Back in Bristol examining her graffiti... I felt overwhelmingly nostalgic but after a year away neither girls remembered where we used to live: Bittersweet, another step away and forward. We'll be back again to visit as soon as we can...
Brave enough to tame the farm's wild kittens...
Back on the farm where I grew up and the girls are in heaven! Freshly cut hay, a sheep dog, fields to roam, herds of sheep and goats, farming grannie, in the drivers seat down the farm track, pet lambs.... #somerset #summertime #organicfarming
Summer storm on the solstice yesterday. Fleeting relief from the heatwave...
It's been a whole year since we moved here journeying through all the ups and downs (those we imagined and those we didn't) but dipping into the lake with these naked girls makes me think it was an adventure worth gambling on...
Savouring one last dip into the cool before the bike ride home...
Lime tree flowers drying on the table, their sweet scent in the air and hoping its calming magic keeps the girls asleep all night! I think it's reasonable to want a two year old to sleep through, just once... Please.