Tag Archives: garden

Grahy 2013

2013 started off with a lot of winter snow…

We also acquired a couple of miscreants Sophie and Jess, soon to lay waste to the local rodent population.

p1010041

During the spring we cleared more ground and made up more raised beds and sowed and planted our first vegetables and fruit.

And summer and autumn brought all the hard work to fruition.

 

courgettes.jpg 2013-07-22-trug.jpg

The year ended as it had begun with more snow and ice.

 

Grahy 2012

This was the year we finally moved over to France. I had taken voluntary redundancy in July – though it was slightly more complicated than that in reality – and we moved over in September.

img_1283_39993

The first job was to clear the area which would become the garden of the many trees established there. Including much acrobatic antics from Timothe the tree surgeon!

Only then could we think about planning out the garden. We planted up a new hedge at the end of the garden, planted a beech hedge to split the garden into an orchard and a vegetable garden and made up our first raised bed. One of three we had brought out with us from the UK.

The year ended with our first snowfall in November.

p1000676

20121209-112747

 

 

 

 

Grahy 2011

img_6364_32641

2011 was the first full year we owned our french house. We had arranged for a local builder to install a fosse septique, a bathroom and other improvements. Which he did during a very cold January through to March. So cold in fact that in February our neighbours contacted us to say the temperature was -18C at midday.

20110309-173004

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We came over for our first visit after the work had been completed in early April. For a very sunny week of gardening and cleaning.

img_3645_29610

img_3697_29568

This was also the visit of the giant hailstones.

img_6247_31226

On our next visit in September we tackled the overgrown terrace with its grindstone “table”.

img_6382_32675

Finally in 2011 we had our first Christmas at Grahy with a heavily improvised christmas tree.

img_6481_33017

Au Revoir to Grahy

20161029-153448For a variety of reasons we are leaving Grahy and our garden at 750 metres. Principally, for the last 18 months I have suffered from a muscle strain that developed into acute tendonitis and the amount of time I have been able to put into the garden has decreased dramatically. Life here is good, but hard physical work and you need two fully fit people to make it work. We are leaving in January, returning to the UK for a new adventure in Northumberland. This blog will remain as a record of our years here in the Auvergne.

I thought it would be good at the end of this year, to look back at our time here. So over the next few days I will be posting a blog entry for every year we have been at Grahy, including our two years before we moved over permanently.

Sophie

Last week our beloved black and white cat Sophie died after a heart attack. She was just over  four years old. She bravely struggled on for a few days and we had her back home from the vets for a couple of days, but she had to be returned as she was so weak. The vets tell us she had a congenital heart condition, as did it now appears certain, her sister Jess, who died two years ago.

She was the gentlest cat we had ever had and a real character. It’s hard to imagine I won’t see her chasing crickets and butterflies around the garden or staking out voles in the grass. The garden and the surrounding woods were a paradise for a cat and it’s comforting to know she had such a good, though short life.

She will be greatly missed, an integral part of our life here, as was her sister.

October calendar 2016

The garden is now being shut down for the winter, with only leeks and our tuscan kale left for picking. Last year the kale lasted us all through the winter into spring.

The blueberry bushes and our pear tree are putting on a fine display of autumn colours at the moment and in the flower garden we still have a few roses blooming and the cosmos never seems to give in, even after a couple of frosts.

 

September Calendar

It was a very dry September this year, with some record breaking temperatures. Combined with the dry summer it meant we had a very meagre potato crop this year. The earlies got blight and the main crop were very small. The courgettes and squash have been excellent again this month and we have apples on two of our trees.

 

The star flowers at the moment are the asters and the never ending morning glory.