Moving forward

A lot has happened at Coin Perdu. We’ve really moved forward in the restoration process. We’ve also fiddled a bit in the garden, established a whisper of a vegetable patch and now, in the summer of 2011, we reap the wonderful benefits of freshly picked vegetables just before our meal!

Wondering where I should start writing again, after such a long time of silence here on coin Perdu, our mountain home, I figured the vegetable garden could be a good place.

It gives me such pleasure and I worked hard, not to mention the hard work Hartman put in as well, taking breaks from the work on the house to help me move rocks and stones, dig trenches and stabilize terraces! But oh, I have to talk about my moving heavy rocks, or rather, boulders all by my own self! With the help of “the lifter”, a shovel and some heavy language, I could move a boulder at a time for my terrace walls. A lot still has to be done and with my impatient nature, I have often remind myself of Rome which took more than one day.

…a new potager at Coin Perdu…

Because it is so up and down hill, we need to make terraces for our potager. I already bought some shallots right in the beginning of the season and was impatient to plant them. This was after all, my very first vegetable garden! So we dug in an made a box early in March. I planted my shallots and waited for them to do their thing, which I’m so proud to say…today, 4 months later,  we feast on shallots every day!!

In the meantime I also got my rosemary bushes and lavenders in the ground…all still very informal and and not really worked out strictly on any kind of plan. I know it will all change again once the house is finished and then probably again after! Which is exactly what happened a few weeks later and the house is not even close to finish yet! I changed my mind about how the terraces should look and we started all over. dug up, moved, covered, raked, drank liters of water, got sunburned, dug again, weeded…and then came the nice part; sowing the seeds!

We brought the gargoyle from Montlouis sur Loire, our fountain and installed it in the potager as well. Built a stone wall, some steps going down and for now, we’ll enjoy your veggies until the fall, when we’ll do some more work in the garden. Now, the house comes first!

…some clover between the stepping stones, courgette flowers and dug up radishes…

…potager for 2011…

…and always I have company and help!!…

…only small for this year, but already healthy, all organic veggies…

…à bientôt…

Ronell

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6 responses

  1. Pam

    You are making such progress! Love the bountiful collage images. Have to ask though, as my language skills are limited to English…. what’s a potager?

    July 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

  2. Zoe

    Delightful to see the developments at Coin Perdu, and to see how the palette of your house photos and paintings carries through in your garden. An inspiration!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm

  3. Oh Ronelle, how I enjoyed my visit on the internet to Coin Perdu! You and Hartman worked so hard and everything looks beautiful and fresh! Beautiful photographs! May you have many happy and blessed years together at Coin Perdu!
    Ixx

    July 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm

  4. And a beautiful garden it is. I’m eager to see the inside of your home too!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:47 am

  5. Lovely, Lovely, Lovely. Oh to be there and eat some more of your fabulous cooking which can only be improved through using veggies you have lavished love on

    August 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm

  6. Pingback: Frittata à la “Mon Chéri”..and a late summer “potager” (veggie garden). « Myfrenchkitchen

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