Sunday 7th - Matthew and family are leaving today. Their three weeks had very mixed weather with quite a bit of rain. They are planning to come down again at half-term and October can often be very pleasant.
Their friends, Tony, Charlotte, their daughter Chloe and two young boys will be staying another week in the gite although we have agreed that we will share the cooking and the living accommodation.
The family have a problem with their Landrover - it is making a funny noise and Tony wants it fixed before they attempt the long trip home. On Monday morning he calls the RAC who promptly send out someone to tow it to a garage. We learn later that it is sent further away to a specialist garage as it seems they cannot find out the cause of the problem.
Charlotte, Chloe, the boys and myself went to the Vallee des Daims. This is a deer park where you can wander about feeding the deer with a bag of grain.
|Fallow Deer Dama dama|
|Chloe and Charlotte with deer|
|Look at their budding horns|
|Tony in situ|
The sunflowers are now out and we have some pumpkins of varying size.
|Ollie and Alfie having a quiet co-operative momemt|
Saturday 13th - Chloe's birthday. She is 17! We are going into Figeac to look at the market and to have lunch.
Liquorice sticks are dried roots and they strengthen the immune system, stimulate the adrenal gland, and are a diuretic and a laxative. The roots contain glycyrrhizin, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar. I don't like them either.
|Glycyrrhiza glabra (European licorice)|
Alfie and Ollie have made her birthday cards and Charlotte has made a chocolate cake.
Tony cooked us a barbecue for our evening meal - steak, sausages, chips and salad.
|Getting the barbecue going|
|Lighting the candles|
|Blowing the candles out|