Monday, 27 September 2010

Update on the Charentaise Floor.

On Sunday morning, I made an early start and went to collect some more horse manure for the garden.

Early Morning mist en route, the two 'lumps' on the right are horses!
 Take as much as you like -  free of charge; great stuff!

The large manure heap, with the rising sun just adding a glow

The vegetable beds where I have taken out the potatoes and the onions are now well dug over.  I decided that if I dig in a load of manure at this stage, the beds will be nicely ready for next year's crops. It should settle down well over the next 6 months.  It is mainly manure and shavings with some hay mixed into it. Thanks R & I for giving me the lead on the location of this bounteous manure heap.

The garden ready for next year's planting after a fnal dig over.

On my way home, I stopped off at these friends' house to see how their Charentaise floor was progressing.  See HERE . So many of you have asked me if it is finished yet.   It looks just great and now only needs grouting to finish it off. You are only likely to see this final touch next year. Although it may be done before I leave, I doubt if I will be back to take more photos. Meanwhile I am very impressed; this has been a very time consuming job, but well worth the effort. Congratulations on  a wonderful traditional floor!



A work of art.

36 comments:

  1. The floor is beautiful. Looks like it took lots of work.
    Horse manure is a common commodity here. Glad you found some to help your garden.

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  2. The floor is gorgeous! My compliments to your friends. What a labor of love that must have been to complete. I did love the manure heaps as well. They triggered a memory. As a child summers were spent on a family farm. When weather conditions were just right you could actually see steam rising from the piles.
    Thanks for a fleeting but very pleasant memory. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  3. Wow yes, the floor is looking great - I wish I had that type of rock available ...

    Jeepers! ... that is one massive pile of horse dung ... it goes to show that you certainly don't live in a One-Horse-Town ... :)

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  4. That floor is amazing! I remember seeing the post where they were just starting it. How long did it take them to lay it?

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  5. Dedene the floor is lovely and it is going to look even better when the grouting is done. Diane

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  6. Mary I am glad the manure brought back good memories:-) Have a good week. Diane

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  7. That floor is wonderful Diane. I can imagine wat great veggies are going to come up next year, as if they were not gorgeous enough this year. :)

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  8. Graham, the floor is fantastic, I wish for your sake you also had that stone available, the effect is remarkable.

    No one horse town for me LOL. Actually that is almost the case as there are only 15 houses in our hamlet. It grew by one last year, but there are a couple also that are empty. Diane

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  9. Linda it is impossible to tell how long it really took as they have been doing other jobs while doing that. Whatever the time has been well spent. Diane

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  10. Well done on your work with the manure and do tell your friends that floor they have done is amazing.

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  11. Joan you are right about the floor.

    As for my veggies even if they are as good as this year I will not complain! Diane

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  12. Lindy I will suggest to my friends that they read the messages here to know what everyone thinks of there wonderful floor. Thanks for the comment. Diane

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  13. Good for you on getting your garden beds ready for next year. What a beautiful work of art on the floor. Gorgeous. When will you be leaving there and where will you be going?

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  14. Bravo Diane pour le travail que vous faîtes dans votre jardin! Vous méritez vos très belles récoltes!
    Le sol traditionnel fait par vos amis est magnifique!
    Bonne continuation à vous tous dans la mise en valeur du patrimoine de cette belle région où vous avez choisi de vivre!

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  15. Becca thanks for your comments. I leave here mid October and return to the UK for winter with Nigel. Apart for the fact that we both miss each other through most of summer, we cannot afford to keep two houses heated through winter. David, our neighbour in France, keeps the heating on bare minimum just to stop everything from freezing up. I will return to France again at the end of March 2011. Roll on retirment so we can both stay put in France!! Diane

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  16. Merci lejardindelucie de vos commentaires.

    Je conviens sol traditionnel fait par mon amis est magnifique! Diane

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  17. A fantastic floor! I suggested to Steve that we come and get some of that manure... but he didn't think much of the idea!

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  18. That floor is beautiful.

    Diane, I appreciate your gardening efforts, but it still makes me giggle that a nice lady like you could be so excited about manure! I guess I'm still, like, 6!

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  19. Wow, that Charentaise floor is absolutely stunning! I can imagine it was well worth the effort in the end. Lovely pictures!

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  20. I am crazy for that floor. It is really spectacular. I can't imagine how gorgeous it will be all grouted up... what color grout??
    I used to have a deal with the stable across the road from me that he got my hay and I got his manure. I got the best end of the deal. Digging it in is a pain but the benefits are hard to beat!!

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  21. What a nicely prepared garden area you will be coming back to. You work hard all the time, but it seems you have been extra busy getting things ready for your departure. I hope you allow yourself a little rest.
    Your friend's floor is amazing - you are talented and you must attract talented people.

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  22. Absolutely superb!
    I will think of such a veranda floor in our future house.. in Australia!
    It must be a huge job but well worthwhile!
    Well done with your veggie garden it will certainly pay off next year!
    Cheers, Diane!

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  23. Jan it is not worth the effort unless you live close by:-) Why don't you just see what stables are around you and just go and ask if you can take some. Diane

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  24. Marjie the floor is beautiful. I can get excited about anything that will make my garden better, manure included! Diane

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  25. Faith you are so right the effort put into that floor has certainly been worthwhile. Diane

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  26. lostpastremembered it is a floor to be crazy about, so worth all the time that has gone into it.

    Yep, you are right horse manure works wonders. Diane

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  27. Mya, I would not say talented but I will try and put my hand to post things, some things work and some don't:-)

    There is certainly a lot of talent and hard work gone into the beautiful floor though. Diane

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  28. Noushka a floor like that in Ozz would be amazing, but remember you have to find the stone to do it!! Diane

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  29. If you had been close by, I could have given you a couple of those gracious grass snakes!
    We managed to save most of them but 2 or 3 drowned, unfortunately!
    Keep well, enjoy your evening!

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  30. Noushka I am so sad that some of the babies drowned. I would have loved a couple of them here in the garden. Diane

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  31. Such a beautiful shot of the mist! The floor looks fantastic, great work there!

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  32. Thanks JM. The floor is an amazing work of art combined with many hours of work. Diane

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  33. I absolutely love that floor - I hope they think all the effort was worth it because it is a real work of art!!

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  34. Roz I am sure that they think the effort is worthwhile. As you say it is a work of art, wish we had a floor like that! Diane

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