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Introducing me and my homestead in France !  RSS feed

 
Alex Tourehote
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Hi Everyone,

I am Alex, married to a Welsh lady, and dad of 3 little girls, leaving in a small farm house between a prairie and a forest. So far, not bad for our Ingalls family re-enactment.

We have been here for 4 years now, doing up the house (a 350 years old (or so) stone house) and doing the garden, planting some trees, raising chickens, rabbits and pigs (kune kune, we dispatched / butchered our first one this weekend). We are also homeschooling and I am working full time, so things are not going as fast as we would like !

The chickens coop was already there, and the pigs are staying in one of the outbuildings. I have attached pictures of one of the rabbit movable tractor I made (for some reason which must have something to do with my poor IT skills, I can't paste the pictures into the text of this post, sorry).

I'm adding a screenshot of our land (1.1 hectare). things are also slow because I can't make a decision on how to use the land ! if you have any advice please don't hesitate, but it's hard to say from just an aerial picture
North Field and South field are used by a neighbour (he gives us some money for taking the hay in one and putting his milking cow a few weeks per year in the other), but I could take it back whenever I can think of a use for it (greenhouse and rows of potatoes etc . ? planting some super-willows for our Esse woodburner?)

We have split part of South Field for the pigs' fields. I am now considering using [i]pig field 1[/i] to increase our veg patch (greenhouse + rows of potatoes, beetroots and pumpkins/squash for the pigs) as well as adding a pond. There would be a good rain catchment there (+ water from all the guttering of the house) and if we decide on doing a grey water system (that's "phyto-épuration" in French) it could go in there too.
So I might have to change the fences for the pig again, which would be a pain, with it being done already and the pigsty being at a perfect location as it is. Oh, well, another day another[strike] mistake[/strike] learning.

I might pop some more pictures of the veg patch, house, pigs etc if I find the time and if you fancy having a look at them !

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Alex Tourehote
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urgh can't get the aerial view to load, sorry
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Karen Donnachaidh
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Alex,
That looks like a homestead you can be proud of. Lots of potential with all that open space. I like the idea of a greenhouse ( I wish I had one). Liked your pictures too, post more of them when you can.
 
Olga Booker
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Hi Alex,

Nice to know Permies are spreading in France. I am unfortunately a bit far away from you, all the way down in the Pyrenees. You seem to have a lot on your hands what with your project, restoring the house, 3 little girls and home schooling!!

Anyway, just wanted to say Hi, keep in touch and if I can help with anything French, don't hesitate, you never know, I might know the answer (or a man who does ).

 
Alex Tourehote
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thanks a lot Olga and Karen !

it seems that I manage to get the pictures on the 1st post after all, and we end up with 2 identical massive aerial view on the page.... sorry.
I will try to put recent pictures when I find the chance. There are some old ones on my wife's blog (which has been put on hold for a while now, unfortunately) : https://ourblythehouse.wordpress.com

We finished making sausage and headcheese yesterday, so now on the list of things to do there's DIY on the house and preparing the garden - as well as learning to make our own cheese !
 
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Alex, we are looking for some kune kune piglets, in 47 but will travel. Are you able to help at all?. Kind regards Rod
 
Alex Tourehote
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Hi Rod,
can' help at the moment I'm afraid, but I have friends who could in La Manche. I wil lsend you a personnal message with their phone number.
 
David Livingston
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Hi Alex
How are you getting on with the crazy weather this year ?

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Hi David,
here it's been very dry compared to Paris/East of France. Last time we had rain was about 3 weeks ago I think... It's been very hot the last few days, double digging raised beds with a 1 year old srapped on my back is hard work.
I built a greenhouse which is about 7 metres by 5 metres. It's resting against a barn, South facing with plastic corregated roof and wooden structure. I hope it will stand and protect our 36 tomatoes plants....
Oh, and we have 3 baby chicks !
Busy working on an extension to the house now, and fighting the system against that new law against homeschooling that they've announced yesterday...
what about you ? have you been busy ?
 
David Livingston
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Very busy with all sorts off stuff cluick on the link below
Latest yesterday I found some Mulburrys growing in a local village square I now have a cutting hoping they will grow and since I know where they are I might "find" another this winter should it fail .

David
 
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