Having sorted the logs and stored under the external stairs Margie sawed a few in half so that we could light a fire. Quite hard work as they weren’t small in diameter and they are oak so quite hard wood. We had no idea if the fireplace would draw well, but it had been swept so should be safe. We carefully laid a fire hoping it would take. It did, splendidly. Since then we have had a fire all the time – not really needed during the day but lovely to sit beside in the evening after a bath. Now we have a fire we have some serious sawing to keep it going; it seems if we saw 4 lengths to get 8 half metre logs that will last a day to a day and a half depending how we load the fire. Our biceps are growing by the day!
Meantime outside we have been waging war on the bamboo. The eastern corner of the plot has a legion of bamboo beside the stream and that has encroached on the ‘garden’, it is also rampant the other bank on a plot that is very neglected as the property isn’t lived in. Liz cut down so much that her hands froze in the shape of the saw and her shoulder complained bitterly – hot bath and epsom salts called for. The good thing is we will never have to buy another garden cane – in fact Liz has some ideas about using some of it for furniture, Margie is dubious!.
Jean-Luc returned to discuss any changes to the plans we might want. All went well and he will return in two weeks with the elevations and rough costs. The one disappointment was that he doesn’t think we will start before September – the permissions will take two calendar months so that will probably be the end of April, then good artisans are usually booked 2 – 3 months ahead. Also Jean-Luc has a work-load that must be balanced. Perhaps we can start in July but then there’s the August holiday when France’shuts’. Originally we thought the gîtes would be officially available in spring 2018, but that we may be able to invite friends and ‘tame’ guests to try them out in autumn of this year, possibly even for Xmas; this seems unlikely now but we will see as we start detailed planning. Despite this it is hugely exciting and we are very happy that Jean-Luc is proving extremely good.
A by-product of the bamboo war is that we have discovered that the horses like it and our research has shown it’s a good source of protein. Margie has been starting to discover the local paths and tracks and she and Caudi are having a lovely time exploring the area.[/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]