Our second ‘reno’ trip this Winter, but lacking the heady excitement of the first trip when we got the keys. It’s wet here and it’s been wet for ages – very unusual weather this Winter we are told. Luckily, the little place is on a ridge so all that rain just trickles down the hills into the swollen streams below. Even the 150-year old Ardoise tiled roof is holding up well, with only a couple or three minor leaks into the attic. We desperately need a ‘hat’ for the chimney though – the acrid smell of damp soot is overpowering.
Soooooo…this is photo of PNR Millevaches taken yesterday, which is not too far away from our place. Very pretty, no? But there will be renovation repercussions, I am sure. Continue reading “Snow stops everything here too?”
Our next visit to the little French place is in the pipeline. We are very diary-challenged this year: launching a new event and managing our little biz in the UK, and of course, doing up the French place in any remaining spare time. Absolutely no problem at all. It’s all about diary planning… Continue reading “Honeymoon over. Reality bites!”
Going to and fro between France et UK requires a little planning if you have a dog. (Other pets are available. But it’s usually a dog). So if you do indeed have a dog – as we do – and you’re a bit fuzzy on the vet check thing in France, then you need to time your dog’s Pet Passport vet check carefully with your return journey to the UK. Continue reading “Pets and vets”
We’d cleared the house out and swept up the worst of it by Christmas Eve. Massive milestone for us – the place was immensely cluttered and filthy from decades of total neglect. Continue reading “Destruction construction!”
Progress. Christmas. And cheese. Continue reading Christmas camping. And cheese
The little place is finally ours. We set-to on the big clear-out. Continue reading We’re in. Much to do.