The Misadventures of Marcel Marcel

Our lovely friends Emily and Ed who have just bought the house at the beginning of our village [its the one just above my head in the photo below] have recently acquired a new member of their family, Marcel is a Pyrenean Mountain Dog and although only five months old, is already the size of an Alsatian.

Anyway he’s is so adorable and just loves everyone and showers them with licks  and just wants to be loved by all,  he is also a definite mummies boy.

This particular breed of dog dose not require huge amounts of exercise so dosn’t warrant being walked especially whilst still a puppy.

So when Emily set off to meet me for a walk with her other dog Humphrey, Marcel was left  staring at them heading off down the sunflower lined path.

Ed has been desperately trying to secure their land with fencing and today reached a landmark by fitting the final gate to keep the dogs in, a major achievement considering its been 33 degrees for the last few weeks.

As i mentioned Marcel is a big puppy, he’s a big fur ball but beneath all the fur he’s actually quite a slender chap, so having stared at us going off into the distance and I’m sure thinking “i want to be with them” managed to squeeze under a very tiny gap in the gate. [ i have to mention at this point that the lady they bought Marcel from had warned then that this breed of doggy is prone to wandering off on on the odd constitutional]

Emily, Humphrey, Barnaby and i had all finished our walk and were home, in fact i was about to start cutting the grass when i saw Ems walking past my fence, she had got home to discover that Marcel had decided to join us on our walk and was missing with out permission.

So off we set to hunt for Marcel Marcel, i call him this name as i like the double barrel sound of it.

Emily headed off to scour the village and i headed for the fields to see if i could spot the big white fur ball, and as Ems rejoined me we indeed spotted a spec of white cotton wool in the distance and yes it was Marcel Marcel, who after hunting for us and not finding us had decided to make his way home, he’s a very clever puppy.

But the hill leading up to Emily & Eds house is very steep and he’s just a puppy, so as soon as he got to us he decided to lay down for a good rest [well this escape artist malarkey is very tiring]

So the only thing to do with a big white fur ball is to carry it home, which is what Ems and i did in turns, hence the photo below that Ems took.

Whilst carrying him i kept thinking of how many calories i was burning off and how many glasses of red wine that would equate to……

 

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Introducing the Garden Room Ensuite Bathroom

So last week we introduced you to one of our new bedrooms “The Garden Room” named as it over looks the garden, very unoriginal I know but after much deliberation and lots of name changes we felt it was best to keep thing simple. Tohis is the en suite bathroom attached to it.

The sink unit was bought for a bargain price at our local second hand warehouse, and Kev put a new sink and tap on it.

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We have been hunting for antique tiles for ages but couldn’t find any at a good price, then Kev came across a website that sells some really lovely tiles and has a range of imitation old tiles, they look very realistic as they are all slightly different and have different blemishes etc

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Kev did all the plumbing and tiling, I cleaned the beams up and Marion helped with the painting. Oh and I renovated all the old doors.

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Oh yes and I pointed the stone wall.

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Kev made the shelf from a piece of old wood found in one of the barns.

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So thats one bedroom and bathroom done only another 3 to go. I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Have a lovely weekend everyone….

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Introducing The Garden Room

Kev and I have been busy beavering away creating a new bedroom and en suite bathroom in our converted loft space, with guests arriving today they were finally finished about two hours before they arrived.  

Here’s the bedroom, I’ll post pics of the bathroom later. 


The chains holding the bedside lamps over the tables came from our well.


The chest of drawers is actually going to live in the Library room downstairs but it fits in well in this room for now. It was a Great find at our local Brocante and only €20 then paired with chalk paint and old handles found at a Brocante market in Rabastens. 


The ladder is part of an old painting ladder set, a great bargain from Troc  81 a second hand warehouse in Albi.


The mirror was a  present from my lovely friend Lynda, I have to put labels on the holders.


The sunflowers are from our local feilds, we’ll there are thousands of them, I’m sure the farmer won’t miss a few???

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Sizzling Summer Sun

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Phew its been so hot here in Fayssac over the last few weeks, so I’m happy to report summer has officially started. The kids have broken up from school and France has begun to shut down for July and August, mind you its not really open for business most of the rest of the time, which is probably why I like it here so much.

We attended our first apero concert of the summer at Perye Rose last Wednesday. It was so lovely to see the vineyard again and the lovely owner Astrid; she and her sons make you feel so welcome. Friends gather, drink wine, listen to music, eat great food and catch up on all that’s happened over the last week.

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The views are stunning.

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And the sunsets are beautiful.

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Back at Maison Murier we have been busy working in the loft creating new bedrooms and bathrooms [blog post to follow on that], and in the garden we have been creating a roundabout in our driveway.

Our dear cousin Sheri bought us an olive tree, and we have used it as a feature in the centre.

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And the sunflowers have started to flower in droves, creating a sea of bright yellow, truly a site that should be experienced.

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Our first summer visitors have arrived to relax and soak up the suns rays.

Hello summer, don’t rush by too quickly.

Happy weekend everyone.

 

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Getting ready for summer…

Even though it was the longest day yesterday, it’s only now that we are able to get things ready for summer, that’s thanks to Mother Natures lack of summer weather of late. 

But this week has been scorching, so we can get to work bringing out all the seating and beds.

The hottest day here in Fayssac so far this year.

Long may it continue….

Happy summer solstice everyone. 

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Perfect Poppies

I know I’m bigging up Mother Nature a lot this week, and she does give us a lot to do in the garden but she also lends a welcome hand. Take this horrible pile of rubble we have at the back of the house, [we have been using it as a dumping ground until we get around to landscaping it] What does she do to help she sends loads of poppy seeds in the wind to help cover it up and make it look pretty, well for a time anyway.

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And a few giant poppies are thrown in for good measure.

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Thanks MN, now if we could just have a word about all the acacia tree blossoms you are dropping in my pool……

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Isn’t Mother Nature incredible!

My Artichokes are ready to eat, pity I’m not a great fan, but i do love the actual plants, they are a great architectural plant feature and the flower heads are so beautiful, mother nature really is amazing, oh can you see another admirer?IMG_3723.jpg

Also been busy in the potager, planting tomatoes, peppers & lettuces, now need some sunshine to help them along.

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Wow, how the garden has grown, in only a week!!!

I have only been away working in the UK for one week, and i just cant believe how quickly things in the garden change, i think mother nature has had a red bull or two.

Like the Uk the weather has been bizarre with sun, rain and high winds, i guess the plants like this combination, although i don’t.

The tree were only just in blossom bud when i left and now they have burst forth and are looking and smelling beautiful.

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The chives are showing off.

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The geraniums are giving the chives a run for their money.

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Poppies are popping up everywhere, even in piles of old rubble. The colour is so vivid.

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And our roses beet the rest to first place, and they smell so sweet and heady, i love the smell of fresh roses after it has rained.

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The sun made a welcome appearence and so did our pool technician, he was most welcome as we thought he wouldn’t be able to come until June.

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Our pool liner had a rip in it at the end of last season, our pool company repaired it but said we had to have a new liner fitted, but this could only be done in the warmer months, so we have been waiting all winter for a warm sunny spring day to get it changed. The pool technician came last Monday but only managed to get the job half done as the rain came. The next appointment was June, but as mentioned he popped by on Thursday and finished the job.

mmm… now i just have to fill it!!!

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Why the Henry hoovers i hear you ask? Well they suck the air out from the pool liner whilst its filling with water, i know weird but it works, and Henry dosnt mind helping out.

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Have a lovely weekend everyone.

 

 

 

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Hello May

April blew out with rain and storms and May has moved in with some sunshine.

Long may it continue…

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Lilac Time

Fresh lilacs from the garden, I just love Spring. 

  

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