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  • Off-Line for a while….

    We have mentioned the internet and phone signal here before. Now we have removed the land-line from the house and therefore have no WiFi it is almost impossible to hold an internet connection consistently. This means we can’t post any updates – the pictures fail to load multiple times and the overhead is just too […]

  • Now take the inside out

    [vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”SS_G4_20180316_01″ data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G7_20180316_01″ content_type=”image” columns=”4″ columnpadding=”column_padding” masonry=”masonry” height=”200px” align=”aligncenter” lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Once the plumbing and electrics had been removed and made safe the work on the interior of the house could start. For the last couple of weeks we have had huge machines and three workmen banging about. Sadly we had discovered that the floorboards […]

  • Finish emptying the house, NOW, before the builders come

    [vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”SS_G10_20170309″ data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G8_20170309″ content_type=”image” columns=”4″ columnpadding=”column_padding” height=”200px” align=”aligncenter” lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Part of what we want to do in the house is have a masonry stove to heat the place (here’s a link to the Wikipedia description). Liz was going to have one in London, which may sound a bit strange but since they burn very […]

  • A new entrée

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Day 1 The weather has been a little cold but dry so Francis arrived bright and early to start our new entrance and private drive. We have arranged the pictures by day and don’t need any words.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”SS_G10_20180307_01 ” data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G10_20180307_01″ content_type=”image” columns=”5″ columnpadding=”column_padding” height=”300px” align=”aligncenter” lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Day 2 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”SS_G6_20180307_02″ data_source=”data-4″ null=”” […]

  • Spring, all change and good news

    [vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”SS_G6_20180319 ” data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G6_20180319″ content_type=”image” columns=”6″ height=”200px” align=”aligncenter” lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Rather wet at the end of January but spring seems to be arriving, the first of our narcissi bravely poked its head up, snowdrops also. We hope to see more soon having planted a total of 4,000, mostly narcissi. We have been enjoying a band […]

  • Cold Snap

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The last few days have been cold, snowy and frosty – before returning to rain. We thought you’d enjoy some of our pictures of the beautiful snow and frost.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”SS_G4_20170211_2 ” data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G4_20170211_2″ content_type=”image” columns=”4″ columnpadding=”column_padding” align=”aligncenter” lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” accent_color=”#deead0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Perhaps you would like to know… .[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”How it all started” style=”custom” custom_background=”#deead0″ custom_text=”#666666″ […]

  • Our Chickens are Free!

    [vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”grid_ SS_G8_20180110_2″ data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G8_20180128_2″ content_type=”image” columns=”4″ height=”200px” align=”aligncenter” lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our chickens have been living in an enclosure that we made immediately behind the house. This was so that they got used to each other, to us, and to their coops; we planned to release them once they had started laying and knew to lay […]

  • Protecting the Foxtails

    [vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”grid_ SS_G3_20180115_2″ data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G3_20180115_2″ content_type=”image” height=”200px” align=”aligncenter” lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s still raining! perhaps one more week. The good thing is that we have found a field for Caudy & Sunny, it belongs to Madame la Maire and is on a slope with trees with a flatter bit at the bottom by the road, It’s very […]

  • Floods

    [vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”grid_ SS_G4_20180110″ data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G4_20180110″ content_type=”image” columns=”4″ height=”200px” align=”aligncenter” lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Many of the departments (equivalent to counties in UK) have been on flood alert. In the Lot we have been on ‘Alerte Jaune’ (yellow alert), but here we have been lucky that, although there has been a great deal of rain, thus far we are […]

  • Christmas – just another day

    [vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”grid_SS_G4_20171222 ” data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G4_20171222″ content_type=”image” columns=”5″ height=”200px” align=”aligncenter” lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Not a white Christmas, but a bright sparkly day. Christmas day, a few presents and a good meal but other than that we still have the cats, horses and chickens who don’t seem to understand what it’s all about, so they must be seen to […]