Honey Festival on Saturday 27 October

Honey Festival at Le Maine Meunier Chavenat on Saturday 27th October 2.00-5.00pm

This Saturday afternoon we are hosting a Honey Festival at Le Maine Meunier.
There will most definitely be honey for tea, or rather Honey cakes, varying sorts, and tea/coffee for a small charge, and the chance to learn about bees, how they interact with us and the environment.
There will be a display of beekeeping equipment and experienced beekeepers to chat to.
There will be honey and bee products for sale, and tastings too of different honeys.
If you are feeling brave you may wander up to the two active beehives in the woods and observe the bees from a safe distance.
We will be open from 2.00-5.00pm and will welcome you and your family for an interesting afternoon, please let me know if you are coming by emailing me on lemainemeunier@icloud.com or call me on 05 45 25 55 28.

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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Honey Festival and Autumn approaches

Autumn is just beginning to make its presence felt with the odd misty morning and a tiny hint of coolness at dawn. My neighbour has already started to comb the woods for the first mushrooms and I’ve been harvesting honey. Our bees are still busy collecting pollen but they no longer flock to the well where we have an old concrete bowl with stones in which we keep filled with water for the bees, essential for their honey making. As it has been so dry, apparently the flowers were not producing so much nectar, so the amount of honey is down, but it still tastes as sweet. Feeding the bees with sugar syrup will be very necessary this year and I have left a few half filled combs of honey for them too, which they are using now, though the ivy is about to bloom, the last feast before the winter.

HONEY FESTIVAL SATURDAY 28 October at Le Maine Meunier Chavenat. 2.00-5.00pm
We will be hosting the honey festival again this year, where you are welcome to come and taste different honeys, buy locally produced honeys from local beekeepers, learn about bees and how you can help ensure they have a welcome in your garden. There will be tea/coffee and Honey Cakes to try.
Local producers are welcome to sell their honey and bee products.
For further information call me on 05 45 25 55 28 or email me at lemainemeunier@icloud.com

We are open this Sunday 16 September 2018 for Lunch and our menu is:-

Beignet des Legumes/ tempura fried vegetables, served with sea salt and Lemon

Pot roasted Lamb with Cranberries and Shallots
Or
Honey Roasted Lemon Rabbit
Or
Avocado, Quinoa and Toasted Pumpkin Seed Salad Pot with Chickpeas and green beans

Pavlova Meringues with Raspberries, fruit Coulis and Chantilly Cream
Or
Blackberry and Apple Crumble with Creme Anglais.

27€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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Times, they are a’ changin’

Today is an odd day at Le Maine Meunier Farm, apart from five pre ordered lambs we have no animals on the farm. Well, a few geese, ducks and chickens, but our pigs, Paddy and Maeve and her nine piglets have gone, as have the entire flock of Ewes, lambs and Rams. We are retiring at the end of the year, so have been delighted that Franklins Farm have taken our stock to continue those particular bloodlines. Franklins Farm produce fabulous lamb and pork products, and are conscientious, environmentally sound, enthusiastic farmers that we are delighted to promote, they work incredibly hard and are worthy of all our support. I shall certainly be buying from them eventually.

Meanwhile the farm is oddly quiet, one cannot rear a range of animals, selectively breed strong meat producing animals in good conditions without some emotional attachment. Naming your breeding stock involves a gentle sort of care, actually, some humour too. One of our Ewes is named after one of Mike’s long gone Welsh Aunts, Rowena, long in the nose and very noisy, another was first in the bucket, loud and very bossy…I won’t tell you whom she was named after. Then I had Pantoufle, Souffle and Girofle, who have produced many good lambs, Dorothy who was bottle reared, Doniniqua whom my daughter named as a stroppy teenager and so it goes on, Mike is missing the pigs, I’m missing the sheep, but, hey! We are retiring and decisions have to be made. Despite our youthful appearance ( should have gone to specsave!) we are collecting our pensions and grandchildren are arriving, and parents are requiring care, so we will open a few more times for Sunday Lunch and various special events. Watch this space.

We are open this Sunday 19 August for lunch and our menu is:-

Beignet des Legumes/Tempura Fried Vegetables served with Lemon and Sea Salt

Pot Roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Cranberries and Shallots
Or
Rabbit with Mustard and Tarragon in a white wine and cream Sauce with Buttered Noodles
Or
Chermoula Aubergine with Bulgar Wheat Salad.

Yoghourt Gateau with Pistachio, lemon and Cardamom
Or
Pavlova Meringues with Chantilly Cream and Fresh Summer Fruits

27€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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Dan Jones on Sunday 5 and Tournebroche Lamb Roast

Dan Jones and L ‘Ensemble Arisan are playing here at Le Maine Meunier Ferme Auberge on Sunday 5 August over a long and lazy lunch. The music is a varied selection of classical, folk and French and will be played between courses. The menu will be :-

Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable and Ricotta Tart and Salad

Whole lamb roasted on a tournebroche, served with chilli jam and Mint and garlic Fromage Blanc, seasonal vegetables and / or Salad and sauté potatoes
Or
Chicken Breasts and Sun dried Tomatoes with Tarragon and Paprika Sauce
Or
Courgette and Herb Filo Pie with Feta

Brown Sugar Pavlova with Roasted Peaches, Raspberries and Greek Yoghourt Chantilly
Or
Blackcurrant Cream Sorbet with Lavender Shortbread

27€ per person 10 € children under 10 years.
For reservations contact us on 05 45 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@icloud.com
Mob – 06 31 36 14 44

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
Last night I heard something sizeable on the gravel, the dogs were barking furiously. I knew everything is safely shut up for the night, so grunted and dozed off. This morning I discovered all my lettuces had been eaten and something had left a sizeable deposit, soft, unformed and full of stoned fruits, probably plums…I rather think it was a lone young, male boar rather than a deer…or am I wrong?….whoever said life was dull in the countryside.
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Heat, trees, Shade and Dan Jones plays Sunday 5 August

As temperatures rise the countryside falls silent, apart from the cockerels who are still carrying out vocal battles for supremacy. Animals and humans seek the shade, and even the plants do better when provided with shade at some time of the day. The agroforestry idea that is gaining popularity across France is not a new idea, it’s ancient. Planting trees around the edge of a crop, at least ten metres apart, anchors soils, improves biodiversity, which means insects that will control other insect pests, and provides wood for the future. If you stand under the shade of a tree the temperature drops a few degrees and humidity is higher, better than the shade provided by a building…..having said that, we’ve opened the barn for the sheep to come into during the middle of the day, and they do, but the dominant sheep still hog the shade under the two trees in the paddock and Beau, our black dog lays on the tiles in the downstairs loo, whilst Swampy lies under the shade of the trees in the garden, each to their own I guess. Keep cool wherever you are.

Dan Jones and L ‘Ensemble Arisan are playing here at Le Maine Meunier Ferme Auberge on Sunday 5 August over a long and lazy lunch. The music is a varied selection of classical, folk and French and will be played between courses. The menu may be :-
Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable and Ricotta Tart and Salad

Salt-baked Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verdi or, if numbers are sufficient, we may do a lamb roasted on the tournebroche spit……
Or
Chicken Breasts and Sun dried Tomatoes with Tarragon and Paprika Sauce
Or
Courgette and Herb Filo Pie with Feta

Brown Sugar Pavlova with Roasted Peaches, Raspberries and Greek Yoghourt Chantilly
Or
Blackcurrant Cream Sorbet with Lavender Shortbread

27€ per person 10 € children under 10 years.
For reservations contact us on 05 45 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@icloud.com

We are open this Sunday 29 July for Lunch and the menu is:-

Tomato, Dijon Mustard and Goats Cheese Tart with Salad

Mediterranean Chicken in a Pesto Sauce with Olives, Mozzarella and Bulgur Wheat
Or
Roast Gascony Noir Loin of Pork stuffed with Cognac infused Prunes
Or
Avocado, Roast Red Onions, Chickpea and Feta Bowl

Chocolate and Raspberry Gateau with Raspberry Coulis and Cream
Or
Pavlova Meringues with Chantilly Cream and Fresh Raspberries

25€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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Dan Jones and L’ Ensemble Arisan play a Lazy Sunday

Dan Jones and L’ Ensemble Arisan are once again coming to perform over a long, lazy Sunday Lunch and Afternoon on Sunday 5th August at Le Maine Meunier Ferme Auberge in Chavenat. We will be serving a delicious three course meal and you are welcome to stay all afternoon. If the weather isn’t too hot they may well play outside and you may like to eat your lunch under the shade of the trees, or, of course, in the cool of the Auberge Barn. For reservations, at 27€ per person, 10€ per child under ten years, please call us on 05 45 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@icloud.com.

Life on the farm is slow and gentle, the animals eat and then doze in the heat of the day, before the village clock strikes noon, they have found a shady nook to while away the hot hours. The cocks always like to crow just as I’m also dozing in the hammock, darn them. Then as the afternoon wanes, the pigs wander out and flop into the mud pool, piglets around the edge like some bizarre medieval feast platter and the sheep begin to eat the grass where the tree shadows fall. The ducks have a wash and brush up and the chickens dust bathe, and we begin to weed and water and harvest the garden, again hugging the shade….summer, don’t you just love it!

We are open this Sunday 22 July for Lunch and will be serving:-

Ricotta and Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Tart with Garden Salad

Roast Gascony Noir Pork with Fennel and Rosemary
Served with Balsamic baked Shallots and Potatoes and garden vegetables
Or
Roast Chicken with Chorizo butter stuffing
Served with Baked baby Peppers and Potatoes and garden vegetables
Or
Roasted Red Onion, Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Brown sugar Pavlova with Roasted Apricots and Peaches and Vanilla Greek Yoghourt
Or
Blackcurrant Cream Sorbet with Lavender Shortbread

25€ per person, 10€ per child. Wine, red, white or rosé, 15€ a bottle

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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Music and Lazy Sunday Lunch on 8 April 2018

Le Maine Meunier Ferme Auberge opening with The Dan Jones And L ‘Ensemble Arisan’ for a Lazy Sunday Afternoon of Glorious Food and Fabulous Music

We are opening again for the season with a spectacular Sunday, temperatures about 18C so you can wander around the farm, we have lambs gambolling in the fields, the grass may well have had its first cut, the early blossom will be out and The Dan Jones L ‘Ensemble Arisan’ will be playing a selection of classical, contemporary and folk music between courses. The atmosphere will be welcoming and gently time will pass, chill out and relax, wander around the gardens, the wood fires will be blazing and lunch will be served between musical interludes.

Menu for Sunday Lunch 8 April 2018

Asparagus, Feta and Chive Tarte served with Spring Salad

Salt-baked Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verdi
Or
Roast Gascony Noir Pork Stuffed with cognac Prunes
Both served with Dauphinois Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables

Vegetarian Option :- Aubergines with Crushed Chickpeas served on Basmati rice and Orzo with Herb Yoghourt – please request when booking

Almond and Orange Gateau with Orange and Cardamom Syrup
Or
Pavlova Meringues with Chantilly Cream and Redfruit Coulis

27€ per person.

If you have an anniversary or birthday to celebrate, please let us know when booking, we are very happy to provide a little cake and candle to help you celebrate…but you will have to sing, we sound like strangled cats!

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com

For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com
Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.
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Christmas Compendium of Games Saturday 16 December

This time of the year we do all the tidy up jobs around the farm, I have just finished pruning the two New Dawn roses that cover the front of the auberge, now I have the sides to do, but I’ll wait till the frost passes. The bees have just finished their medication for the varroa mite, I’ve been lucky and have been lent the kit to treat them with vaporised oxalic acid, the bees take little notice as the fumes waft through the hive but it’s lethal for the beastly varroa, it doesn’t do me any good if I catch a whiff either. Then top up the sugar syrup and home in time for toast and honey!

Announcing a Christmas Compendium of Games at Le Maine Meunier Ferme Auberge on Saturday 16 December in aid of Cancer Support France

This will be a fun family evening of quiz, activities and laughter with meal and a welcome glass of mulled wine for all to enjoy for €15 per head, children under 10 free, over ten €5. Gather a team or we can make a team for you, come and enjoy an evening of stimulating questions ( with prizes) and activities to entertain you. We will greet you with a glass of mulled wine or non alcoholic beverage and supper will be :-
Lamb and Apricot Tagine with Ras al Hanout Couscous
Or
Gurkha Veggie Curry with Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Chickpeas served with Rice and fresh Coriander and Yogurt.
Dessert is either Deep Dark chocolate Gateau and Cream
Or
Pavlova Meringues with Red Berry Coulis and Chantilly Cream
15€ per person, 5€ per child over 10 years
There will be a raffle too.
Bookings being taken now, please call us at 0545 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@icloud.com.
Cancer Support France is an affiliated association, for more information please visit their website at. www.cancersupportfrance.org or email their helpline at helpline@cancersupportfrance.org or call their helpline on 0800 240 200

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com
For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com

Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.

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Compendium of Games Night 16 December 2017

Announcing a Christmas Compendium of Games at Le Maine Meunier Ferme Auberge on Saturday 16 December in aid of Cancer Support France

This will be a fun family evening of quiz, activities and laughter with meal and a welcome glass of mulled wine for all to enjoy for €15 per head, children under 10 free, over ten €5. Gather a team or we can make a team for you, come and enjoy an evening of stimulating questions ( with prizes) and activities to entertain you.
Bookings being taken now, please call us at 0545 25 55 28 or email us at lemainemeunier@icloud.com.
Cancer Support France is an affiliated association, for more information please visit their website at. www.cancersupportfrance.org or email their helpline at helpline@cancersupportfrance.org or call their helpline on 0800 240 200

Last spring I was wandering around Villebois market, buying yet more vegetable plants for the garden when I saw some vigorous climbing or tumbling plants which looked oddly familiar, they were sweet potato plants, so I grabbed a couple and planted them, they romped like triffids, sprawling tendrils over paths and smothering any weeds, last week the frost blasted them black so I dug them up, from two plants I harvested 15kg of huge sweet potatoes! Wow! What a success, I shall definitely do that again next year! They are on the menu this week!

We are open this Sunday 26 November for Lunch and the menu is:-

Mashed Sweet Potatoe with Lime, yoghurt and Coriander Mezze

Lamb Cutlets with Lemon, Chilli and Olives
Or
Baked Rabbit with Mustard and Tarragon Sauce
Both served with Hassleback Potatoes and buttered Kale

Orange, yoghurt and Honey Gateau
Or
Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse

€25.00 per person €10.00 per child under 10 years

For reservations please call us on 05 45 25 55 28. Mob – 06 31 36 14 44
Or email us at – lemainemeunier@icloud.com
For Map and further information please visit us at www.lemainemeunier.com

Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.

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Sunny Days and Honey

What a glorious Autumn or is it an Indian summer? No mushrooms but lots of warmth midday, Mike is still wearing shorts and bemoaning the fact that the grass is still growing, especially as our faithful lawnmower died last week after 13 years of service, don’t think our brilliant machine saving engineer can resuscitate this poor old ride on, mind you the sheep are appreciating all the grass. The ewes, now comfortably matronly, are growing rounder, and so are this years’ lambs. I writing this whilst listening to the late, great Fats Domino, it may be blues, but it does make you feel good.
We have offered a home to a friend’s cat, a one year old little neutered boy who has joined our domestic menagerie. He has been with us just over a week, he’s made friends with Swampy, I think it’s the smell, is wary of Beau, who is inclined to chase him, loves Milly our car loving tabby and we all are wary of the dominatrix cat Christine, who scratches and bites everyone. He is Raoul, handsome, devil may care and will enchant you if you meet him.

Last call for the Honey Festival on Thursday 26 October from 2-5 pm

There will be experienced beekeepers that you can put your questions to, a display of different local honeys to taste and plenty to buy. There will be a demonstration of honey harvesting and an explanation of different hives and bee keeping equipment. Perhaps also a chance to sign up to a beekeeping course for next year.

It is a friendly afternoon of people interested in bees, what bees do, how bees’ lives interact with ours and everyone is welcome.
There will be tea/coffee and cake served. No entrance fee and a pleasant afternoon for all the family.

Mike and I look forward to welcoming you.

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