Saturday, October 30, 2010


Perhaps not quite the last post as we still have a few days to go. The weather is sunny but cold. The fruit trees (2) are planted and so are the bulbs in the tubs with pansies and in the millpond border.
When we went up to Peter’s Place to get some photographs of the (almost) completed viewing platform I also took some pictures of the nature trail hacked out so far from just below the seat to the river walk.
This picture is taken partway along the track looking back to the start
And this one from the same spot although in the other direction
A bit further along - there is a gradual gradient along the contour of the broomfield
And a bit futher again - you can just see Rufus running ahead
I've missed out the tricky bit where we need some steps
Perhaps a bit more work to do here clearing that branch
This is where the path connects to the work done last year. The river is on the right.
This is the original river path
View of the river from the path
'Bridge' into Didier's land

I can't get rid of this gap no matter what I do!
Beach - taken in the spring
Looking back - the river now on the left with the beach
The path contines to the left of this field - the Redwood Field where we hope to establish a Boules piste and a Badminton area next year
 On Friday we took a last trip into Figeac, firstly to our French bank to try and learn how to view our account online so we can keep track of our money from back home. So far we haven’t managed to log on with the information we have.
Secondly, to look at the clothes shops. I want to buy a Festive Season dress or something now I have lost some weight. Bought something the first shop we went into. We then returned to our favourite tea shop (down Rue Seguier) for a pot of smoky green tea. The owner speaks a little English which is a help.
As we have made a great effort with the packing, tidying and sorting out we shall have another outing tomorrow to the Poterie du Don which we haven’t visited at all this year although we have directed others there. Will add any information about the trip later. Sunday: We went to the Poterie du Don at Le Fel as we planned. We went the route through Cassaniouze, Junet and Montsalvy and came back along the valley of the River Lot. The drive was delightful - all the trees have turned their autumn colours and were dazzling in the sunlight and the vistas of hills, valleys and colour was just amazing.
Near Junet
trees above the River Lot
The pottery hasn't been a Le Fel for very long and it was funded by various bodies. It is spectacular - rather like three copper-coloured baked bean tins shoved into the ground. But inside it hosts a shop and a gallery. Well worth a visit - take your credit card!
Poterie du Don - Le Fel
 The pottery is of a very high standard and some of it quite quirky. We always get a good welcome from Nigel, the owner. His wife Suzie Atkins is the potter and she once showed us over the pottery at it's old home.  We have bought several pieces over the years that we have been coming here and we intended to do so today. We have had our eye on one of the hares, but the one we preferred, a standing version was not on display and anyway at 950 euros we decided to leave it until next year.
Sitting Hare
I looked at this:
Nude Vase
We both looked at this below and nearly bought it - 550 euros - but as we are coming back to the Auvergne next year where would it go - Cowbridge to be stored or the Moulin? Decision deferred.
Bird - the post was a long piece of wood and the sculpture was designed to hang on the wall

 In the end we bought something more practical and less expensive. The items will remain at the Moulin for use.
Casserole and a dish
 There is a link to the Poterie du Don website on the left if you are interested. So, tomorrow is our last day - cleaning and packing and visiting neighbours perhaps.  I leave you with a view from the terrace taken this morning.

1 comment:

  1. What is the gap? (One of the photos) I don't recognise it at all. the colours do look wonderful. Have a safe journey home. So glad that the redwood field will become a sports arena. You could buy a very handy ride-on mower for the price of one of those pots and have change for petrol. They look most attractive, ride-on mowers, and come in a variety of colours or you can paint then specially. You could even put a logo on it - an image of a horizontal wheel say - and underneath 'Moulin du Clout - Experience sensationelle' 'Service tendeuse'