A Couloir With A View



Today is gorgeous.  Frosty this morning, but the sun came out to dry and warm our surroundings.  This is my view when Z runs out to play and I catch up on bidness in my new office that lives in the hallway.



The herd is in!  Little brown and black blobs there.  They are still eating grass.  Hay will come soon, but we’ll keep on keeping on for the moment.


Tosca is perky as ever.  She’s an old dog, but she has a lot of life and spirit.  Also, she looks fabulous against this green grass.  Green works with her.


Big Cow Move The Other Day

photo by G

The herd moved into the pens and then to the front of the farm to finish the last of the 2013 alfalfa. That’s right, when the alfalfa lady stops singing, it’s time to open presents and prepare for your 2014 resolution. No weight loss regimes on this farm. We’re hoping for weight gain 2014 for the boys and girls. They are looking great and happy and healthy.

It’s been cold in the morning. Each day, Mr. Bus Driver will tell us another French cold joke. My favorite is the one where it is so cold the snail tentacles don’t peek out. Our girls are used to the cold, so this is nothing compared to where they are originally from. It’s practically Club Med for them.

Mr. G snapped a shot of Brent with the cows in the sun. Brent is talking to me on the “talkie walkie” about how it all went.

I love this shot.

Mince! Ground Beef! Friday the 13th


Beef sale this Friday!

No superstitions held here.  I learned quickly that most superstitions are tales by mothers to get your kids to behave and be healthy.

  • “shoes on the table will bring bad luck”

Yes, it  is also very dirty to have shoes on the table.  Please, dear, don’t do that.

  • “breaking a mirror will bring seven years bad luck”

And, my love, you will not clean up …. so I will have to.  I’ve cleaned up enough today.  So don’t break the mirror.  Can you post on facebook instead?

  • “open an umbrella in the house is bad luck”

Please use the umbrella when it is raining.  If it is not raining, you are playing with it and therefore will break it and I need to buy a new umbrella.  I don’t have the budget for this, thank you.

  • “garlic protects from evil”

Garlic also helps you keep away from cold and flu.  Cold and flu are evil.  We use it liberally with mince and the rest during these cold months.

  • “blowing out all the candles in one breath will bring you good luck”

Blow them out!  It means your lungs are healthy and I’m happy.

  • “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”

Eating seasonally, apples seem to do the trick when the colds set in.

  • “A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown”

Uh, yeah … uh, if he eats grass-fed mince, even more safer.  Go sailor!
So many ways to go with ground beef.  I’m excited to get cooking!

I should also add that, making a meatball in the month of December brings good luck!

The Little Book Of Calm


The Little Book Of Calm is a bit of an inside joke with our family.  We giggled away when it came up while watching Black Books, a great BritCom.  Much, much later, Brent bought The Little Book Of Calm for me as a great gift with giggles.  It’s been with us for quite awhile.

I never thought to actually read it until today.  Maybe it’s the mouse.  Maybe it’s the cold.  Maybe I was trying to locate a book on brain chemistry.  Whatever reason, I felt the need to share.

Today’s installment of the Little Book Of Calm is “Levitate”


Stand straighter and taller than you believe feels natural.  with an imaginary thread attached to the top of your skull lifting you a few millimetres ( or inches! ) above the ground.

The higher above the ground you feel, the closer you will be to feeling calm.

This Fish Is Up

Our friend Kent painted this picture.  It has always lived in the kitchen.  I’ve been trying to make a space for it, but for whatever reason – too many racks … no wall space – It’s been waiting backstage for an entrance.

It’s getting colder, you  see, and the mice are scrambling.  We have a small mouse reeking havoc about the kitchen.  Today has been operation kill mouse.  Yes, kill.  I don’t have the scalabiltiy to live-trap one mouse, take it three kilometers away and guard against its return.  No, no, I will happily trap it in a fatal way because hey, it ate through my hot water pipe ( thank you Jan for fixing it! ) , it ate most of my pantry ( a bit of money to spend replacing there ) and  the little penthouse and condo and vacation home it built … well, it stinks.  So I re-did the kitchen.  Oh so clean.  We brought the barn cats in for extra coverage.

In the meantime, at last, Kent’s artwork is back in the kitchen where it belongs.  Now I feel complete.  He said that he actually painted three fish, but only liked one.  He then painted over the two he didn’t like and one fish remained.  I really love this work.  We often explain his process to the children when they try to paint something they are not satisfied with. Look dude, just paint over that and leave what you love.

The Sun Is On


A warm day today!  I think we hit 6C, which is a lovely temperature after the negative C’s we’ve been having.  This evening, the sun came out and reminded us that it is still hot and shall be warming us very, very soon.  But first, some Christmas.  Oh and some January.


“Richter” one of the new bulls on the farm ( named by Brent for his amazing 9.5 score on the bull scale ), is enjoying the bright while snuggling into some hay.  You’ll be with the girls soon, Richter,  munch up you’ll need the energy.


The sun also shines on the hills and a farmer tidying up before he takes his daughter to fencing.


The sun also warms up the brick walls of our old Gascon farmhouse.  The cold is winning, but the fire inside keeps hope alive.


Tosca is finishing up her great find.  Could be a small bunny, an old bone or maybe she’s practicing her smile for when a small puppy might arrive.  Or is that a growl…

DSC_1607Mint is out without a coat, sweeping up.  I’ve tried several times to chuck that old broom, but the kids keep bringing it back into their games.  I must admit, it’s a solid broom, but too short for me to use.  Evidently, it can fly!

Feeling Dispreste?

Cyber Monday.  Black Pudding Friday …. oh it can be so much to deal with in this cold, dark season.  Otto set up a stand to help your troubles.  He offers such affordable rates.

With such amazing testimonials like:

I went!  I paid one cent! 

– Minty Curtis


Yeah,  Mom, where’s my other black pump?

– Lucy

Otto will get you back on track.  Just one cent.

The Otto is In.

… I forgot to add …

When you pay your one cent, Otto gives you a bit of chocolate.  Z worked this ” iMore ” system out quickly. With the toddler market, Otto’s revenue has increased 110%.  He’s now closing in two minutes.