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Our Auverngate Farm - Auvergne

auvergne  Our Auverngate Farm   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceOur Auverngate Farm is Kristel Sneider’s blog about her life in her farmhouse in the Auvergne.

Kristel says this about

Our Auverngate Farm…. “Hope you will enjoy Our Auvergne Farm House blog. This Blog will contain stories, anecdotes and photos from (F) Fab, -French- and (K) Kris -Dutch- about their new house. A farm house in the middle of the Auvergne. They have a dog (D) Django and two cats (C) Cammy & (E) Elly. And soon the new puppy: Fudge.
The purpose of this Blog is to provide family, friend and every passing visitor updates and inside stories about the renovations and the French life at ‘Thuis’.”

Kristel is a Nature and Landscape photographer and has a professional site at www.kristelschneiderphotography.com where, I have to say, she has some fantastic photos of mushrooms!

Perhaps I need to take some lessons from her?




In the beginning…….

The blog starts in July 2009 with the Compromis de Vente.

After lots of searching, the perfect place was found. It had been inherited by the 6 children of the last owners. The children agreed to sell – the meeting to sign the Compromis de Vente was to have been at 2pm; it was 20 minutes late!

Kristel says…. “I can tell you that these 20 minutes took forever.”

In September she and Fab are One step further along the road to buying the farm.

The land is measured and the results…. /p>

Well, I’ll let Kristel explain…..

“The results are very good for us. We have our extra cherry tree, more land on the side of the house. We loose only a little part that is not very useful for us anyway.”

And then, in November, they move in and are Bien Installées and, to top it all, a neighbour comes round to invite them for a drink.

What could be better than that?

The Seasons at the Auverngate Farm…..

January 2010 starts with Kris and Fab being Snowed in.

Django (the dog) seems to have the right idea; staying indoors in the warm whilst Kris collects wood and Fab shovels snow.

But then again, perhaps it’s Kristel who has the right idea?

For she says… “So what do you do in the weekend when you can’t go out because of the cold and snow? You bake a Dutch apple pie! Eating this hot pie with cream and a nice cup of hot tea makes the cold almost disappear.”

And before long, the Spring Flowers appear!

Dutch Apple Pie (and not a lot of people know this) will do that every time!

Of course, this being France, on July 9th 2010 we learn that Summer is HOT and the following day we’re complaining about…. Yehhhhh Rain!

But I guess we wouldn’t have it any other way?

And then, in December, there’s an Orange Alert in the Auvergne.

Which Kirstel calls a Winter Wonderland!

And I have to agree!

Especially if there’s a nice New Year’s Eve Fire to look forward to?

The Brico bits…..

Successful bricolage requires Teamwork and Kristel and Fab must make a great team as their floorboards look great!

Even the Farm fence is a work of art!

And an enormous amount of work goes into the bathroom before Kristel can announce… The Grand Finale: Bathroom!

And what a bathroom it turns out to be!

Even I (with my aversion to soap and water) wouldn’t mind performing my annual ablutions in that bathroom!

And what can you say about the Bedroom (presque fini)?

Magnifique est trop petit un mot?

The toilet bits…

Now, whilst there’s much of beauty and interest in this blog, my eyes were particularly drawn to the posts about the Fosse Septique (Fosse Septique 1 and Fosse Septique 2)

And from the re it was only a natural progression to move onto talking a look at the Ancient toilet (which amazingly looks just like our new toilet here at A Taste of Garlic Towers!)

I really can’t understand why they knocked it down?

Although looking at First impressions new toilet I’ve got to say that the replacement does look rather posh!

I long for the day when indoor toilets arrive in rural Brittany!

Lordy lordy! We won’t know ourselves!

Friends and other animals….

Of course, life in France (indoor toilets or not) means nothing unless there you have plenty of Friends and laughter.

And Kris and Fab certainly don’t seem to go short in that respect!

Even the Curious calf seems friendly?

Although it probably had something to do with generating that Countryside smell?

And, talking of mushrooms….

Well, I know that to be absolutely factual, we weren’t talking about mushrooms but, if we had of been we probabl would have been very interested in spending A day in Nature.

Just look at that lovely cauliflower mushroom (my tip is to gently steam it and then serve it sprayed with vinagrette – you may want to give it a little blast of diluted vinegar first to encourage the inhabitants to leave before you eat them?)

In Pet time we get to meet the rest of the family.

And you know?

Those cats look about as energetic as mine!

Perhaps they’re related?

So, summing up….

Our Auverngate Farm is a glorious exploration of a new life in rural France. The photography is extraordinary (possibly because it’s Kristel’s job) and it’s well worth clicking on the photos to see them full size.

If I were you I’d wander over to take a good look at Our Auverngate Farm.

I think you’ll be going back time and time again. I know that I will, it’s a truly luscious blog!

And me? Well, I’m going to take a look at that lovely Kitchen. A proper farmhouse kitchen – I bet that’d be a wonderful place to cook and eat?

Care to join me?

All the best

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