Le Hibou

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Your pets in the garden

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 17:16

We have 2 dogs, an old yellow Lab (he was a rescue) and a young black Lab x Gordon Setter, 10 cats of various ages and colours as well as 5 hens and a cockeral who are supposed to be in their run, but one lady flies out every day and parades around the place helping herself to any tender morsal she fancies. I keep threatening her with either wing clipping or  the cookpot when she eats my lettuces, but its a toss up as to whether she has them or the slugs/snails and since she eats all those she's reprieved for now! 

We also have three donkeys and one autumn morning I opened the shutters to see them all in my veg garden - they had escaped in the night. After putting them back in their field I found that all my leeks had been chomped off to about 3 ins high and several beetroot missing!

What's eaten my rose?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:15

I've got a similar problem. Last year my roses lost all their leaves, but still flowered well. This year some of them are losing their leaves, but still flowering. I can't see any caterpillars or bugs of any kind, although I do have a bit of black spot but nothing rampant. It's driving me mad - any suggestions please?

Garden Voles

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:05

Definately get a cat - ours are catching them all the time, but not from our garden!

My cold-unit storage/ cold room in basement

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 16:46

We have some friends who built something similar in the stone barn attached to their house. We have a cave (cellar in English) but unfortunately my husband uses it for all his tools; I have got my big chest freezer down there, perhaps I can quietly start spreading out a bit! 

housework using plants

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 19:50

When I pruned the flowers of my sage bush and lavenders I put all the cut flowers in an open box under the bed of our spare room. It helped to keep the room smelling lovely, rather than shut up and stale.

Hello from a Newbie

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 18:58


I just wanted to say how pleased I am to have found this Forum. We moved to France 10 years ago, and are now in our second house having moved in 4 years ago. We live in the Correze Dept (described as gateway to the South West) where we can have summers up to +40 degs C and winters with temperatures down to -20 degs C, so quite a range! Most of the time, though, we have a fairly temperate climate.

I'm attempting to establish a 'country' garden, with a flower garden, a veg plot and a chicken enclosure around the house, which is enclosed by a mixed planted hedge. We also have a field at the back of the house where I have three donkeys. This part is bordered by a road where 6 cherry trees (2 lots of 3 types) and 3 walnut trees have been planted along the boundary.

I hope I haven't bored you all silly by now and will be asking lots of questions, I'm sure! Are there any other French residents on the Forum?

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