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Living on a hill

Living at the top of a hill does sometimes have its  positives. Today it was lovely and bright up at La Singlarie, down below us was a blanket of thick mist.

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Since the cattle have been coming in the hanger for feeding morning and evening it has also needed to be cleaned out. They sleep here during the night so clean straw is laid out for them each time. With more heads comes more manure meaning cleaning is more frequent but it is nice to know once finished they can sleep in peace. Others of the four legged feline kind don't need to shovel poo or fluff up straw, they just take in the sun rays of today while we worked.

I'm Back

It's been a long time since a wrote a line. But life has carried on here, busy with winter stuff, feeding the cows morning and night, dog walking, cleaning out the animals and normal stuff plus I have been studying to be a canine behaviourist with just my thesis to write now I am nearly qualified, so if you have a dog in need i may be able to help.

The white stuff arrived yesterday although a bit chilly it didn't stay long, although we are due to have more but this depends on which weather web site you look at, however none say warm and sunny at the moment 😎.

So I will be back soon .....


Both ends of the gite barn have rotten wood under the tiles so a fortnight period was marked out for work to be done. Thankfully I am not a handyman so did not need to go anywhere the highest end of the barn, apart from handing wood stain and roller at the end of the work from the top third floor bedroom. Our Belgium neighbour was enlisted to do the work being a builder and farmer J was the gofer (makes a change 😀 as it is usually me) climbing up and down the scaffolding many times with tools and materials.
The other end of the barn is not as high so farmer J is doing this on his own (although I may get roped into to being gofer as some point). Guess I shouldn't suggest starting on the third gite while he is there?

Introducing Bowser

At last Bowser has arrived, his settling in well eating playing, playing, pulling on his walk like a steam train, playing a bit more, eating and a little nap today. Only hope he sleeps as well as he did last night which apart from a little whine at first he was quiet in the hall all night.

Sorrel is finding it a bit difficult sharing but slowly she will come round and as Bowser seems to be learning quickly knowing his bed, recognising his new name and coming in the house once a whistle is called, ready for his recall training. More news to follow......

If he was not 12 years old he would be bacon by now

Gorgon was in big  trouble yesterday. Caught red tottered pushing his way through the new fencing into the vegetable patch in search of the fallen apples and pumpkins that are growing so close to the fence edge. he has barged his way into the veggie patch in previous years,it wasn't as productive after his visit and trying to remove a pig which thinks his in heaven is pretty hard.

This has made work for poor farmer J who was so looking forward to his Sunday off. This morning posts were banged in with a run of posts attached at pig height to stop the bulldozer of a pig Gorgon. It  matches the fence erected around the rabbits run to stop him their pushing his way into stealing their food.

He had been watched trying to suss out a way in to the veggies but has now decided to sleep while waiting for the plums to fall. I wouldn't mind if he was a starving pig but at the moment his getting the apple windfalls as well as tiny pears from a neighbours trees. Pork and apple sauce hmmm..…

3 sleeps

It is all about to change here at La Singlarie, the cat/dog ratio has been far to to the advantage of cats for too long, come Monday afternoon there will be two dogs again. I'm so excited but a little apprehensive for some dogs nose maybe put out of joint for a while. Sorrel has been on Bach's flower remedy 'walnut' for change for a week and both will continue it for a fortnight. Farmer J will be on Bach's rescue remedy to get him through the honeymoon period of dogs finding their feet.

So you want to know who is coming? His a 20 month old good looking boy. His just been at the Figeac dog refuge long enough for his pound time to pass (in case his owner comes to re claim him - they don't want him as he was passed on from travellers to travellers) had his 1st and 2nd lot of vaccinations and today had 'that' operation. Hopefully his now resting, I will be at the gates along with Anita at 2pm when they open, Anita will spend a bit of time with the cats no …