It's only August but already those of us in draughty old farmhouses are thinking of the coming months and getting the wood ordered and stored. There is almost (note I said almost) nothing as satisfying as having a store full of wood. I am using one of the stables to store wood, as now we have a quad bike and trailer it is easier to store the wood inside in the complete dry and then bring it down as and when we need it. I'm fed up of using tarpaulins that are no match for the Limousin wind!
The plan is to build a shelter to house all the machines and the wood, but as Neil is working non stop these days, nothing much is getting done at home.
The stallion at work made the long journey down to St. Emilion again on Monday to have his leg looked at once again. He injured it months ago and has been on box rest ever since. We can now start walking him in hand and the farrier (or marachel ferrant as they are called in France) has fitted him with shoes on his front feet that are fitted with a plastic wedge that takes pressure off the tendons in the back of his leg that are weak after the enforced rest. It must be like walking on high heels, but he seems to be managing ok.
At home the pigs are doing well and will soon be joined by some geese we are rearing for Christmas. It's getting to be quite a smallholding!!