Thursday, 20 July 2017

Courgettes are everywhere! The No Dig Garden Diaries

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potimarron on the move

Courgettes are everywhere! The No Dig Garden Diaries at De Tout Coeur Limousin


After the recent heavy hailstones and stormy weather here I thought the courgettes had been killed off, however this week they have come back in abundance! After a short period of self repair they sprouted new leaves and flowers, the bees did their work, and the courgettes are back, and if possible even better than before!  

So far we are working through our repertoire of courgette recipes, from roasted courgettes, to courgette cake (which was a hit with our singing guests today), raw courgette grated into salads, quickly sauteed in butter and herbs, and tonight; slow roasted courgettes and caramelised onions which I will stir into pasta when they are soft and melting, and top with a sprinkling of grated cheese. Yum! Please feel free to get in touch and share your favourite courgette recipes too, it's always interesting to hear what other people are cooking. 

In other news the potimarron are also starting to sprawl across the garden. I also feared they wouldn't survive the storms but it looks like they are hardier than I thought. 

The first tomato ripened, and we ceremoniously enjoyed half each with a pinch of salt. It was just delicious; perfumed and sweet. Looking forward to a few more over the coming months. 

The next lot of seeds have now gone in for later summer crops too. Pak choi, which is one of my favourite vegetables, and quite difficult to find locally, and a few radish, beetroot and spinach beet. I have planted the quick growing radish in between the tomato plants, as they don't take up much room and will be ready in about a month or so. 

The cabbage butterflies seem to have moved on to other pastures, and the cabbages are slowly making a recovery. 

Now, off to don my long gardening gloves and get back into the courgette patch to cut a few for dinner.

Keep in touch for more news and no dig garden updates here at De Tout Coeur Limousin. 



 


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Monday, 26 June 2017

A weekend of singing, sunshine and the sounds of Africa

A wonderful weekend of singing, sunshine and the beautiful sounds of African music drifting through the rural French countryside. 

Last weekend we were joined here at De Tout Coeur Limousin by musicians and workshop leaders Ali Bullivent and Jane Muller, all the way from sunny Wakefield in the UK. As well as running workshops and performing across the UK, Ali and Jane are also members of the Imba Basi Band, performing original acoustic music influenced by Southern Africa and the West.

As part of Fete de la Musique week their mini tour in the Limousin heard Ali and Jane perform on local Radio Vassivere, La Cabane de la Plage at Broussas beach, Potron Minet in Eymoutiers and a final performance and African singing workshop here at De Tout Coeur Limousin.

A wonderful, joyous and uplifting weekend of music and friendship. Looking forward to next time. To keep up to date with our upcoming events and workshops please get in touch at de2coeur@gmail.com 

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Sing Afrique singing workshop at De Tout Coeur Limousin with Ali Bullivent and Jane Muller from the Imba Basi Band
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Sing Afrique singing workshop at De Tout Coeur Limousin 
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Sing Afrique: such a joyous singing workshop day 
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Ali and Jane performing at De Tout Coeur Limousin


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Sunday, 11 June 2017

No Dig Garden Diaries at De Tout Coeur Limousin

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No Dig Garden Diaries at De Tout Coeur Limousin 

This year our little vegetable patch here at De Tout Coeur Limousin has been extended. Inspired by the No Dig gardening method of Charles Dowding

In preparation we have been busy planting seeds, composting, cutting grass, clearing brambles and collecting many, many cardboard boxes from our local shopkeepers to prepare the ground for planting. The cardboard is a great starting layer that you place on top of un-dug garden. The theory being that unnecessary digging rids the soil of it's nutrients. 

It's also a really quick way of setting up a vegetable garden - no need for double digging and backbreaking weeding. Just top with cardboard and other yummy compostable goodies to add the nutrition your plants will need and away you go. 

So far we have planted tomatoes (cherry and roma olivette), turnip greens, runner beans, romanesco cauliflower, pointed cabbages, and a few of last years spring greens too. 

The courgette seedlings went in a couple of weeks of go and have taken off brilliantly. They are in a perfect spot of full sun for a lot of the day. Fingers crossed for a bumper crop. 

The cabbages are growing well, but have a rather hungry white butterfly feeding on it regularly. Not wanting to spray the cabbages with chemicals, and after bit of research into companion planting I have decided to plant garlic and thyme near by in an attempt to deter the pest, beautiful though she may be. 

in my garden diary this week: 

  • Keep collecting plastic bottles for the plastic bottle greenhouse project
  • Plant out the potimarron seedlings
  • Keep an eye of the cabbage and cauliflower for signs of pests


Follow us as our garden grows. Please do join in the conversation too and let us know about your gardening diaries. Any tips and ideas greatly received too.

Happy gardening.


Eric le chien keeping guard of the vegetable garden
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turnip greens, tomatoes, romanesco cauliflower, courgettes and the last of the spring greens
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Potimarron seedlings
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Monday, 5 June 2017

Sing from the Heart Singing Holiday Week 20-27 May 2017

A wonderful week of singing was had by all here at De Tout Coeur Limousin. We enjoyed daily singing workshops, long lunches in the sun afterwards and welcoming new singers to our little corner of rural Limousin, France.

We worked on a range of popular group songs from the 1960s to the present day, including The Beatles, Coldplay, Stealers Wheel, The Crystals and Rag and Bone Man. Individual solo songs included a selection of songs, from traditional Scottish folk, a homage to Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren, to The Rolling Stones, Sting, Dusty Springfield and Paul Simon. Again it was the first time some people had sung in public. Although there were a few nerves before hand you couldn't tell when they were singing. It is always a joy to witness people overcome the nerves, feel the fear and do it anyway. If the focus is on singing from the heart the rest will follow. A good performance is never about singing in tune or hitting the 'perfect' note. Do you connect with the emotion of the song and communicate with the audience? That is what is important, and will always be appreciated. 

The Friday night performance was as always a lovely occasion. Neighbours, friends and family brought dishes to share before the concert, and the audience were very supportive and appreciative 

We are looking forward to our next singing week already. Our August singing week is booking up fast with only a few places left. Get in touch if you would like to know more and to book a place. 

We look forward to singing with you soon.

Sing from the Heart Singing Holiday Week 20-27 May 2017 



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Sing from the Heart Singing Holiday Week 20-27 May 2017: the lovely audience
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Sing from the Heart Singing Holiday Week 20-27 May 2017: Julia and Mike
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Sing from the Heart singing holidays: Fran and Derek


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