[vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”grid_20170120″ title=”Arriving” data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G6_20170120″ content_type=”image” columns=”6″ lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We travelled on the ‘chunnel’ with two cars, two cats, and essential items that included electric fencing for the horses who would arrive before the removal men. It took more than a day in the end down to stopping for cats, cars and sleep. I bought the cats little jackets and leads in case we needed to let them out, but had had no time to introduce this to them. We did use them and although a little surprised both cats were amazingly good, it seemed that as long as the car and we were nearby we could do anything.Annoyingly all the photos taken in early January, including the cats in their jackets at one of the French motorway stops seem to have been lost so no evidence of their adventure.
It was Sunday 15th January when we arrived to a lovely sparkly day. Although we could work in the house clearing all the debris left from previous occupants and cleaning the hot water was not working so we stayed the first week in the Gites opposite that belonged to a lovely couple from the village – who proved very good to know as they also sold us some hay for the horses.
We cleaned and sorted but always stopped for lunch and tea on the terrace in the gorgeous winter sun – it was really warm for the first few days. Caudi, an Argentinean Criollo, and Sunny, a Welsh mountain pony, were delivered on Tuesday and we let them out into the field that we had fenced using the equipment that travelled down with us in the car.
The following two days saw the thermometer plummet to minus eight overnight and our contents arrived on a cold frosty but brilliant morning. Over then next two days the house and ‘le cave’ filled up with boxes and and furniture. Many of the boxes will remain packed as out plans mean we will ‘camp/ in the house initially. But we had to start opening them to resort and categorise, this will take weeks..[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”How it all started” style=”custom” custom_background=”#deead0″ custom_text=”#666666″ link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tormantil.com%2F2017%2F01%2F10%2Fhow-it-all-started%2F|title:read%20how%20it%20all%20began…|”][/vc_column][/vc_row]