Thé feuille de figue

So this is my take on how to make your own fig leaf tea.

Stage 1. You need to find the ideal tea pot. I found mine at the local vide grenier today. Usually I’m not a tea pot person, favouring the quick bish bash bosh of the tea bag in the mug, but I felt that for fig leaf tea it had to be a tea pot. And not just any tea pot, I wanted a delicate small one, something perhaps a little Oriental. So this little tea pot found me on an animal charity stall. 2. You need to find a fig tree. If you don’t have one, then I would recommend growing your own. There are many varieties and the fruit is delicious. I have planted 8 in our French garden. There are 4 Brown Turkey, an Israeli variety, a Rouge de Bordeau, Panache and an unknown one which has grown from a cutting that I plucked from the local road side and it has really tasty bright green figs.3. Gently pull away several leaves.

4. Give them a rinse in cold water.

5. Hang them on the washing line to dry.

6. Very gently dry them out, either in a very low oven or in the sun.

7. Chop them up ready for infusion.

8. Pop them in the tea pot and pour on the boiling water, leave to infuse.

9. Pour into a tea cup. 

10. Sip and enjoy the flavour and all the health benefits of fig leaf tea. See my previous re: blog, Fig Leaf Tea. 



Un petit séjour

So this is our petit sejour to ourlittlehouseinfrance.  Set off Friday evening after work and arrived Saturday at about noon.  Sunday was our first full day in France. I woke early to sunlight peeping around the edge of our bedroom shutters and to increasing whimpers from Bella, who doesn’t like waking up in a cage. We put her in a cage at night in France as she would be able to get to our bedroom doors and would wake us up in the night scratching to get in otherwise. Paul and I had already decided we would head to a large vide grenier that was being held in the beautiful Bastide town of Eymet. Although we have been to Eymet before, we’ve never been to a vide grenier there. My friend, Barbara called, she would meet us there.  Eymet is about 19 kilometres from our house. I was prepared with my 2015 vide grenier hit list in my head.

Click the link below to see my pin board vide grenier hit list 2015.

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Barbara has flaming red hair, usually, and so would be, or so we thought, easy to spot in a crowd.  However, what a crowd.  This was no ordinary vide grenier, it was humongous.  Stalls all up the main street (main drag, as Barbara calls it) and then many, many more stalls up side roads and the back of the town.  So with all these people bargain hunting, we didn’t spot Barbara that easily but eventually did see her wandering towards us down one of the side roads once we had already been back to the car with our initial finds.

Aren’t vide greniers a wonderful thing?  Where else could you find people lugging home second hand plastic kids toys, a look of glee on their faces, alongside others carrying huge ancient pieces from old French chateaux. It was a sight to behold.

So here’s what I found at Eymet.  Small vintage bamboo frame mirror, to go with the one I purchased last year.  A small green/clear glass demijohn, again to go with the others I purchased earlier this year.  This one was only three Euros but was very dirty inside and out.  I should have photographed it in its dirty state really.  I soaked it in warm water and washing up liquid and then put rice inside and swirled it around.  This got rid of most of the grime, I then used a bottle brush to finish it off and et voila! all clean.  I also found a lovely green Victorian glass vase and some jewellery.

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So it’s been a short break but it has been a break.  So tea with Barbara at her house.  Walks around her garden and a short chat with her daughter in the States.  Catching up with our lovely English neighbour and her two sons.  She is in the middle of writing a book that she is very kindly letting me read.  I feel honoured.

Callum has been out and about with Nathan and Matt.  Bike rides through the grape vines and woods.  Exciting stuff.  Hubby has been mowing the lawn, I have been sneezing with hay fever.  We’ve had extension plans spread out in front of us deciding where to put TV points, light switches and windows.  Today we’ve taken Bella to the vets for her wormer, filled up with petrol for the long journey back to the UK and purchased a permanent marker to write on Panneau de Chantier which is the sign that we apparently should have displayed outside the house once we gained the planning permission for our extension.  Better late than never!

More photos of the beginnings of the extension and our village in my next blog.  Must dash actually going out tonight to eat and listen to jazz.😋