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Frosty New Years Eve

We have awoken to a frosted New years Eve, the moisture in the air has literally frozen onto everything,



Its incredibly beautiful but the photos do not do it justice.



Happy New years Eve everyone, have a fabulous day.

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Sunrises, sunsets and bits in-between.

This week has brought us some beautiful sunrises


And stunning sunsets


The weather has been really lovely, i can’t believe that we are still in T shirts in the middle of November.

Ive spent most of the weekend in the garden planting over 300 bulbs, tulips, bluebells, miscarries, and narcisi.

In the front of the house are three long patches of flag irises, which were really stunning last spring, but as we are making that area into a drive and parking they need to be moved, so i started that job this afternoon.


I have dug trenches along the wire fence at the back of the garden and have filled them with the dug up irises well some of them as there are so many and I’m only half way through digging them up.

So lots more beds to dig this week, Barnaby Pickles decided to help, pity he dug the holes that had already been dug.


Miel Miaow trotted along after all the hard work had been done.


And then promptly decided to have a rest.

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The kitchen windows in, well not quite!



We spent all day Thursday  fitting the new window, all went well putting in the frame.




But when we came to hang the doors, they wouldn’t close, we tried so many things, adjusting the brackets, moving the frame up then down, but nothing worked, then we measured the actual door frame opening and it turns out that the top is 7mm wider than the bottom, we we weren’t going mad.




So there it is looking lovely but not working, so now we wait for the window company to come out  on Monday to see it and hopefully work out how to make it all ok, keep your fingers crossed.




Its changed the whole feel of the kitchen, its so much brighter and the view of the garden is fabulous.



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A new roof, guttering oh & kitchen window, all in one week!

It’s been a busy week here in Fayssac. We have had two sets of builders on site – one finishing off our new roof and guttering and the other knocking a big hole in the front of the house to create a space for our new kitchen window and doors.

IMG_2411The roof is finished so we are all watertight and now the builders are just adding the guttering all around the house and barns, so no more getting drenched when it rains.


The weather has been beautiful, but we had lots of rain on the weekend so the ground is soaked and very soft, so our lovely garden has been ripped up.


There has been so much old wood from the roofs, should help with the wood burning stoves.



Our two old windows in the kitchen are due to become one, and work begins.



The workmen have been fabulous, but it’s dust city everywhere.



Supports go in to stop the front of the house collapsing.


Finally the beams are added and here’s how they did it.

Pop back tomorrow to see the end result!



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Adventures of an olive tree

Our dear Sheri has been staying with us ( her first visit) and saw this fabulous olive tree in our local super market Le Clerc and very kindly bought it for us as a house warming gift.
Madame who we bought it off wheeled it to our car using an amazing electric pallet truck, it was like moving air, effortless.
When she saw our car, her face was a picture such a flabbergasted expression, “but it will not fit” she said in a fab Allo Allo English accent. “Oui, oui” we both said in unison and kept nodding our heads in a yes manner.
Off she went with her pallet truck, ” after five minutes “I think we have been abandoned, maybe we should get it delivered” Sheri said. But just as we were considering this Madame returned with three strapping lads who were up for a task, “better than stacking shelves” says I. They huffed, puffed and squeezed it into my poor car.


After lots of thank you’s “Let’s take the back roads home, to avoid the police” says I, so off we trot at a snails pace only to bump straight into a police car turning around the corner, thankfully they were more interested in whatever was happening up ahead and didn’t even notice us, phew!!!
A short ride home and now our Olivier is in its new home, well temporary home as it eventually sit by the pool, once the decking is finished.
Thank you Sheri, Madame, strapping lads, Blodwyn ( that’s the cars name) & the police for taking no notice off us.


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Full up!

Our pool is finally full up with water and our electrician Michele has made all the connections so the pump and lights are working.

Half Full

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Full Up and time for a swim……



Now to back fill all around it, put the marvels on and do all the 150 square meters of decking… easy!

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Where does the time go?

I can’t believe its time for me to be heading back to the Uk for my week of work, where does the time go? The last three weeks have really flown by, is it me or are you all experiencing this? Maybe its just me getting older, when i was a kid the days and weeks were really long especially the summer holidays, they seemed to go on forever, but no more, now i look at the clock and the hands are speeding around, its more noticeable here in my village as the church bells go off three times a day, 8am to tell us its time for work, 12pm to tell us its time for lunch and 7pm to tell us its time for a drink!!! thats way to late should be more like 5pm , so say i.

Anyway i have been a busy boy this week with lots of computer work done and some really lovely sociable happenings.

Heres some photos of what my week has been about, i do hope you have all had a great week too, tomorrow i head for Toulouse airport bound for London Heathrow and then on up to Edinburgh as I’m working in New Lanark next week, and theres Kev homeward bound from Abuja, he will get in at about 12.30am and ill leave at 8.30am, ships passing in the night, hey ho thats how we have been together for 18 years i guess, absence makes the hart grow fonder so they say. He has a busy week ahead of him as he has to get the pool ready for the liner to be fitted on the 28th, no stress then???


Heres to a successful visit to the UK, i wish you all a very happy week ahead.

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Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your potager grow?

Very nicely thank you in fact its growing like crazy it must be the combination of all the sunshine and rain oh and perhaps all the manure i put down in April.

We have had a bumper crop of peas, the second crop are growing nicely, the lettuce have been amazing and have now bolted skywards so new ones need to go in soon.

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Hello Sunshine!

The sun has returned with a vengeance today, 30 degrees in the shade and I’m loving it, as i type this I’m sat at my office desk in the garden with the view of the last rays of the day on the distance sunflowers and vines, how lucky am i?


Busy day today shopping this morning as all the stores were closed yesterday, it was Bastille day so a national holiday and many celebrations and fireworks.

Some computer work, then three loads of washing! where does it all come from? Walked the pickle or rather he walked me and then filling in trenches and back filling the pool.

Here are some snaps of the day, i had to take them, even thug i have loads already, i am just in awe at how beautiful it is here.

Wednesday tomorrow so midway through the week, happy midweek everyone.

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Sunshine on a rainy day

We all love to talk about the weather, for some of us its a favourite past time, mainly because in the UK we are always complaining about our weather and lack of sunshine.

Here in South West France you get more sunshine hours than the UK but not always when you expect them, e.g. New Years day for instance was a wonderful sunny day with 26 degrees at lunchtime, but July and August are supposed to be the most sunny and hot months of the year, but not this year it appears, July so far has been a mixed bag of mainly cloud, storms,wind and rain, which many of  my French friends and neighbours are all talking about, which brings a smile to my face as its usually us Brits doing that.

They are all horrified at the weather and are stomping around in jumpers and coats with gloomy faces, they keep assuring themselves that the sun will be back soon, which I’m sure it will be,  in fact this coming week its due to be back to a normal 30 to 36 degrees, so smiles will resume I’m sure.

Now usually i would be the one complaining about the weather, but as we have had so much work to do, installing our new pool and digging trenches to house the hundreds of neater of safety trunking for our garden power, water and data cables for internet all around the garden, [well yes as we spend loads of time in the garden i want to be able to access the internet now and again] so no long face for me, Kev and i have been smiling as its been cool great to work in, we have managed to get so much done, in-between the rain storms, but i will also be glad to see the sunshine again this week.

Marion and Ian have been down with us for the last two weeks and have been busy renovating their house and helping us with the pool. Ian’s brother Boris and his wife Lynn stopped off for a few days on their driving holiday around France. We managed to persuade the rain to take a brief break to give us a few nights of eating in the garden which was lovely.

And now the fields are beginning to turn summer yellow as the sunflowers are bursting open to bathe us with their golden glow.

Here are a few snaps of the past weeks happenings.

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