Massat Beef Feast


We woke up to hear the rain again and it was really cold. So we lit the fire, brought the next batch of clothes down to dry and did some  Ski Breezy e mail stuff inside.

Al was just about to start fettling the new machine we had bought for cutting wood for the window frames when Alison and Peter arrived with Peter's cousin Carlos. They brought us a huge courgette which will be great to make into a good soup, really soup weather at the moment. We had coffee with them before they trundled back down to Salau.

We wrapped up warm with thermals and headed off to meet Lee and some of his friends at Massat.

Each year at the same time a local farmer donates a cow which they cook for 2-3 days on a spit roast machine and it feeds the village about 500-600 people. Marquees are set up in the little park, music plays and the whole place is chocka. Shame the weather was not good as I think we would have stayed longer but it was not hanging about weather!!! Fabulous beef and salads and plenty of it.


Lee spoke to his neighbour John who has used a different type of material "chanvre chaux" instead of pointing the walls which we wanted to have a look at. So Lee took us up to his house and we walked on to their place and looked at the barn. It looks fab and we can quite see it being used on some of our walls. It is a mixture of lime and hemp really and gives a real cottagey feel about the place. So we are going to look into it further.

On the wander back Lee introduced us to some more edible mushies this time pied de mouton which are really easy to identify and good in casseroles. We also saw loads of trumpets. So learnt a bit more on the mushie front.


Back towards the barn and to stop and see Clive and Giselle. They have just got satelite internet organised so we gave them a bit of help with e mails etc and a glass or two of wine before heading back to the barn.

Neither of us were very hungry so we just had a little bit of terrine for supper before books and bed with the fire roaring.

A very social day.

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