• Daily life,  Our journey

    A tale of two goats

    As you probably know if you’ve been following our French countryside antics, the purchase of Maison Barbe came with thirteen chickens and three goats. About a month ago, we lost one of them, Mika, to a ghost pregnancy that turned toxic. Her departure left the remaining two goats, Tilly and Poppy, genuinely bereft and not even breakfast gave them any more pleasure. It was during their grieving period when Buddy came into their lives. Buddy is a on-year old boy goat that belongs to our friends Echo and Darren from Chambres-du-Pont-de-la-Legende.  Despite being a beloved member of their family, they asked us if we could take him in, as he lived…

  • Our journey

    Life and death at the farm

    When we moved to Maison Barbe, we inherited 13 chickens and 3 goats. We have been told they are very easy to look after and require very little. The chickens are funny and they follow you around in hope for more food. The goats, shy at first, also come when food is on offer. We soon also acquired three hedgehogs who are currently hibernating in the coop next door to the one that serves as the chickens residence. Alistair was in London for a week when, one morning, having just let the chickens out of the coop, I noticed the rooster stumbling, as if over something, and falling to the…