Dordogne Damsel

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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 07:17

Dove, I had a feeling you might say that, and Obelixx too I think. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 06:55


My friend from England brought me wallflowers over, she is a force to be reckoned with . Customs were clearly put in there place when they tried to take them off her at the airport, in fact one of them was instructed to go and buy some and told how to grow them . Finally managed to close tearoom at 7:15pm the last lot that tried to get in (past closed gate and 'we are shut' sign) had to be content with takeaway cakes and promised to come earlier next time. 

So, we managed to get out for a lovely meal in a local restaurant, my 1st choice restaurant have closed up for the holidays ( so many do ??) but 2nd choice was good. My French friend (Val) had andouillette much to our disgust, but at least it didn't smell like they can sometimes. She thought it was marvellous. 

Charlie & Val went Geo-caching yesterday in a local chateau, had a super time, walked 4 kms doing it across hill and dale, unfortunately poor Val just had 'normal' shoes on, not realising before what was ahead, so pretty sore feet and mucky shoes on return. 

Ok, off to make apple  cinnamin cake now and pork, cider & apple pie for lunch with produce from autumn fair. Pics below, our house in the background. 

Have a good day all, cynics and grumpy old men too. 


Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 24/10/2017 at 07:32


Sorry to hear about your knee Dove, sounds a real nuisance.

Chllly here. I managed to watch about 5 minutes of Autumn Watch (inbetween serving starters and main courses) the foxes, very sweet.

Other than that it was just work, work ,work last night and still loading the dishwasher this morning. Actually ran out of cake yesterday, I was down to one piece of Gluten Free Orange & Polenta cake and then even that went. Luckily freezer well stocked so just have to get the icing bag out.

My poor friends were somewhat abandoned as customers just kept coming in, hopefully today will be a bit calmer, I havent got any evening meals booked tonight and might well just shut the door at 6pm and hide.

Good luck with the horse BL, don't stand too close. 

Must go, so much to do and so little time. Good day to all. 

Last edited: 24 October 2017 07:33:29

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 23/10/2017 at 07:19

Morning everyone. :)

Just popped in briefly, managed a quick read back a few days ago too, so I am trying to keep up. Very sad to see you are not well Punkdoc, and worried about OH. Can't advise but each of you worrying silently about the other doesn't make anyone's life easier. Probably the best wasy to find out what she needs is to ask her, although there is a good chance that she will say she is fine, Tricky. I send hugs and best wishes to you both. 

My gardening expert friend arrives today to 'organise' my garden. I have no available funds at the moment for gardening, so it will all be paper planning, but will be good to see her ideas.  

My French friend is also coming for the week to spend time with Charlie whilst he is on holiday, timing is perfect, I can't get out to do all the things with him I used to do, so her being able to take him is great, she adores him and he her, they just spend all the time laughing and giggling and cuddling. She is only 27 (really 27) so has all the energy to keep up with him. 

Best wishes to all, hope the weather is treating you kindly, bit chilly here but warmer later in the week. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 07:29


Managed to read back, so keeping up but no time to comment really. Busy few days (sun's out) and tomorrow I am setting up a 'Pop Up' Chateau de Gateaux at a local big horse fair, so making all our favourite cakes in Cupcake versions to sell (250). Main aim is to get our name out there and give away hundreds of flyers to get new customers in. So, must dash, don't think I'll be getting back on here until tomorrow evening at least. So, take care in the storms, enjoy your week-end and catch up again soon. 

PS Bridge is making progress. 



Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 21:19

Evening all,

I'm hooked again on here, I should be, and am, halfway to ironing, as in set up board and brought basket to it - but then just peeped at screen and have spent 10 mins or more reading all about the sea and strange dreams - so much more interesting than ironing, or should that be i*****g. 

Panicking about my garden a bit, my expert friend is coming on the 23rd and I feel obliged to have it looking good for her, although she is actually coming to advise - frustrating as I can see what needs to be/could be done so easily but just can't get to it, even my poor window boxes look sad. 

Also, a nasty woman, well known appaprently for being so, has been spreading nasty comments around about my tea room. The lady that told me said not to worry, everyone knows she is just spiteful, and has been banned from some restaurants, but it is very hard to swallow, when we try so hard to do our best.  

However, some french ladies came in this afternoon (  3 separate groups) and all raved about it, promising to come again too.  Focusing on the positive, and now must focus on the i****g. 

Good evening all. 

B.T.W. not sure if I mentioned it, but I asked the mairie if I could possibly have a bridge built up to my rear entrance and he has only gone and got it built, well certainly a long way along! So pleased! 


The little concrete water well is mine, it's going to be a wildlife pond soon, can't wait to get my bunting out over the bridge. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 19:53

Evening all, I've managed to read back - hurrah, although sorry to read about your trials and tribulations Lizzie. 

Not been so busy with customers today but a queue of people one after the the other to 'talk' to me about something or other, there are days when I really feel like changing my name!  

One man wanted to set up a Faro Night, which I am sure is a super game, but not sure what I can 'bring to the table' as it were. Another wanted to advertise his massages, not sure a tea room is the best place, although I have ended up with a order for his Open Night, so am doing his 'nibbles' on Thursday. Another man came to service the (rather ancient) central heating system and stalled at the point when we realised there was no oil in the tank. Another phone call needed to be made. Trying to organise my Christmas decoration scheme, found a nice company in the UK who supply good stuff, going for a 'Scandi' look, but again, a phone call, an e-mail, another e-mail and now have to wait for a log in code before I can order. And of course delivery to France is not easy. 

A friend is making me a compost heap system and he came just as I was going to try and close the cafe up, he wanted a full description of what I wanted - "a composting area the same as yours" I said, but he wanted a blow by blow account of what, where and how, at which point more customers sneaked in the door! And as lovely and flattering as it is, I didn't want to explain the recipes of each & every individual cake I make. Oh well, I thought, evening to myself, lock the doors, put the shutters down and have some peace & quiet, oh no - Daddy rang up, can I have Charlie as he is too busy to deal wih him?  Love Charlie to bits, but that meant cooking a proper dinner, discussing homework and tidying room and making bed, which I had hoped to put off until Thursday.  Also discovered that one of my delightful kittens has decided that Charlie's scrunched up duvet is a perfect toilet area!!!

So, tumble dryer is just about finished, so must go and re-make bed. And then it is the dreaded tax form to fill in. Glad I found time to vent on here a bit, sorry people, hopefully my future contributions will be more positive. 

Hope all is well, new plants sound exciting Dove, mystery plant looks good Hosta, poor birdie Pat. Lizzie, maybe soon we can meet again, when you are more mobile. :)

Good evening all. x

Last edited: 09 October 2017 19:59:27

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 08/10/2017 at 00:16


Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 23:46

Thanks for all the good wishes, glad to see you haven't forgotten about me. 

Garden wise - I have sensible, manageable, but fabulous plans. My gardening friend (a gardening whizz) is coming to stay for a week at the end of October, she is going to advise. This is the link to the 'before' album, I do hope the 'after' one will be an improvement.

Also, couple of snaps of new kittens, Cupcake is the lighter one, Sprinkles the black one. Tricky to get a decent shot, they don't sit still for long. :) All rules broken as they are so affectonate, they are sleeping on my bed, alongside Charlie, not much room for me, not that I get to be in it for long. The plan is that they will live in the barn like basement when they are a bit bigger, deal with little (and big) mice! 

Just mopping kitchen floor now (I did have a friend for dinner so had to stop earlier to entertain). Hope to pop in tomorrow. 


Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 08:03

Good morning All, I am still here! I tried to read back from the start of the October thread, but only got to page 4 and have  to get a move on so sorry of (I know I have) missed stuff. 

So much to tell you all, but really not the time. In essence, all going well but working hours & hours on end. Love it though. 

Have two additions to the family too, Cupcake & Sprinkles - 2 delightful kittens, birthday presents for Charlie. Adorable. 

Also, got myself a 'boyfriend' and lost him, all in one go - shame because I was really keen, but he says my life is too complicated with the business and so on. Unfortunately, he is right, not the right moment I suppose, but gosh he made my knees go weak. Shame we didn't get past the meeting for coffee stage. 

I do hope you are all well, I am going to try and get back on here more often. I've entered into the Open Gardens Scheme next year so going to need lots of help and advice. I did tell them it will be a 'before' garden this year. 

Best wishes to you all, I 'll try  & get some pics up later so you can se what I've been up too. Loved Clari's felt decorations, will get them organised for next year - maybe. xxx

Pics of happy customers. 


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