La Figuerie has torches and a galley kitchen (gas stove, fridge, old porcelain sink, gas immersion heater, and shelves for pots and pans, cutlery and crockery). And there’s a small shower room/WC. Most windows have mosquito nets, except the big one which has old wooden shutters..
The back door opens onto a garden area (rosemary, lavender, comfrey and stinging nettle), with table and chairs, plus a hardwood lounger. From here you can follow the track (lots of leaf litter) along the edge of the private 4 acre wood (oak, elder, blackthorn). Up the steps into the south facing field.
In August and September the figs, plums and blackberries ripen and you’re welcome to pick them. We don’t use any sprays here, so they are quite wild and organic. There are 14 sloping wild acres here, half native woodland (with undergrowth and dead wood), half set-aside. Brambles hold the soil on steep slopes, and act as wildlife corridors, shelter for nesting birds and small mammals. Their flowers are food for the bees, wasps and butterflies. About 3 km of paths are mown with our old tractor, some of these paths vary from year to year so as to keep a mosaic of wild flower species, and ages of standing grass so that maturing insects find their food plants and somewhere to hide.
On-going expert wildlife audits (Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Odonata, Herpetological, Botanical, Orthoptera and Ornithological) done on-site testify to old rich eco-systems. The fields and hedges buzz with insects which are food for swallows, swifts, frogs, toads, lizards, and snakes. And from dusk to dawn, bats hunt for moths and other night-flying insects.