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Well, Well, Well

After nearly four years of living in Fayssac, our unsightly well has finally been removed.

The well is nearly 100 feet deep, apparently the deepest in the village, and although it could be a good source of water for irrigating the garden, it looks awful and is blocking the footpath making it dangerous for children (and us on our return from the cafe!) to pass.

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In true french fashion the workmen just turned up out of the blue with no notice given, other than the Mayor saying it will be removed sometime before Christmas. And that was back in the summer.

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The huge digger made quick work of demolishing the actual well, we have kept all the stones which will be used to finish building the wall around our pool decking area. Great as this stone is in short supply around our garden.

 

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We will use this space to make a pedestrian gated entrance to our house, instead of having to open the main gates, and we will use the  existing beautiful wrought iron pedestrian gate which sits between our driveway gates.

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The hole down to the well has been capped over using reinforced concrete lintels.

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Its all ready for a final layer of gravel, hmm but it’s been like that now for two weeks so who knows when the workmen will be back to do that!!!

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The calm after the storm

Hi, it’s been a while i know, well i have had a busy month, turning 50, having lots of fabulous celebrations with family and friends, and having an incredible holiday in Barbados, thanks Kev, Les & Dx oh and Lady Balls for a true surprise, one that made me use really bad language out of fright, [as she made me jump] i must say in my defence.  You all made it so special and one never to be forgotton.

Then straight from holidays to London,  Scotland & Highgrove for work and finally back to my beloved Fayssac, it was all amazing arghh but its so nice to be back home. I know i keep saying it in posts but it always amazes me how things change so quickly, mother nature dosnt stop for anyone, she keeps rolling on, season by season, things bud, blossom and decay. So Autumn was, and now winter begins, shorter days and longer nights abound, colours keep changing and the smells of cinders and earth are strong in the air, and i must admit i love it. I’m not really a winter person as i crave the sunshine but i do always look forward to winter fires and long walks in the late afternoon cherishing the last rays of the day and today was no exception its been unseasonably warm and beautifully sunny, i had to stop and take yet another photo, i have so many of this view but it always makes me smile and gives me a warm feeling, this is a special place, its hard to explain why it needs to be experienced,  friends that have visited have said the same.

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But the week hasn’t all been like this beautiful day, far from it, as much as mother nature rewards us with days like this, she unleashes her worst sometimes, as she did on Wednesday night. Thunder, lightening, rain, hailstones and howling winds that shuddered the shutters, tossed garden furniture about and generally messed things up a bit, as you will see from the photos below.

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But Barnaby was on hand to help out.

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So many leaves

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Probably time to put all the garden furniture away.

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Anyone fancy cleaning the pool for me?

No… mmm didn’t think so.

Argh well it was good exercise cleaning it all up and i just kept thinking of all the calories i was burning off doing it and how many more glasses of the red stuff i could have later….

Lets hope we have more blue skies and not so many grey ones.

Happy weekend everyone.

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A Spirit House

We have a little area of the garden by the well that we’ve been trying to figure out what to do with for ages. It’s actually an old stone sink that I presume came from inside our house and has been placed by the well to create a platform. I have placed plants on terracotta tiles to give them height, but I’ve never really been happy with it and have been trying to figure out what’s missing.

Then our dear friend Rachel came to visit this week and bought us a beautiful gift, a spirit house, which She tells us originates from the Lanna Kingdom in Thailand, people place these outside houses and put gifts in them to appease the spirits (apparently they are particularly fond of strawberry Fanta).

They are ideally situated on a wooden pillar or platform, argh says I, I know exactly where it will live.

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Raised up on clay tiles, it has pride of place in amongst the greenery.

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Its made of recycled teak so its weather and bug proof.

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The details on the rood and sides are beautiful.

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Thanks Rachel, it will have a happy home here in the garden.

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Summer gifts as the season begins to shift

Summer here in Fayssac has been really wonderful this year, plenty of hot and sun drenched days  and the odd crazy storm to cool things down,  entertaining us with illuminating light shows. We have had lots of fabulous guests that have made our summer abundant with fun, laughter and great memories that will last with us for a very long time.

It has been so hot down here with little rain, the trees have already begun to loose their leaves making us realise that autumns calling.

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The ground is so dry that cracks in the earth are the norm creating an amazing motorway of patterns.

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The sunflowers that recently blazed their yellow glow over the country side are all now bowing their heads. They will be left until they are almost black, the farmers waiting for the seeds to be dripping with oil before they harvest them.

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But as we begin to notice the subtle changes, mother nature gives us some lovely gifts to help us on our way.

The wild damsons are laying heavy and luscious on the branches, they are inviting me to taste their warm and sweet flesh, whilst eating them the purple juice runs down my hands, there to be savoured later as i walk Barnaby Pickles in the evening glow of the sun.

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The blackberry bushes are also brimming with big bold berries, ill be picking these over the weekend for a jam making session.

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Summers not over yet! but the autumn hints are there, so we have to fill up on the sunshine and warmth ready for the cold winter nights.

Are you all noticing the changes or is it just me?

Have a lovely weekend everyone and heres to more warm sunny days before Autumn rolls in.

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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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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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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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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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