Monday, 25 May 2020

Time to get back to 'lockdown' ?

After three  pleasant apero evenings, safely distanced, getting back in touch with friends, out of four (+ fun family quiz on Zoom) time we slipped back to lockdown perhaps!

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Back to project work at La Guerche...needs must

This is the back door of 'the project' at La Guerche - there is a number of things wrong here - the door opens outwards (never understood this concept), there is a large bulge in the wall above it and the wooden lintels are shot. Apart from that it is fine! We had asked local tradesman to quote to repair it but no one responded,so it was down to DIY!

First part of the job was to remove the stonework...of which, with such thick walls,there is a lot of !

Then remove the rotten lintels...which gave an interesting view of the hall!

More to follow!

Friday, 22 May 2020

Lovely ending to another year...

The slight relaxation of the confinement rules here in France allowed us to have a couple of good friends over for aperos last night to help us celebrate 12 years living here after which, Pauline and I sat in the courtyard until the sun went down...

 ...oh and Pauline got to light up her candle holder at last

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Where have the years gone?

This is from 2005 just after agreeing to buy 'The Old Walnut Mill' 

Pauline and I are celebrating 12 years living permanently in France today and one of the best 'life choice' decisions we have made. It has been one adventure after another and we have met / encountered so many lovely people on the way. One of the happy coincidences on arriving in France was that we had arrived the exact same day as Cally and Nev and struck up an immediate friendship which made settling in a new country so much easier. 

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

One that didn't make the cut...

This photo looking towards the church didn't make it on to my slideshow of our walk around Chedigny so thought I'd give it an airing here.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

A walk among the roses of Chedigny.

Pauline and I headed over to Chedigny yesterday and had a walk among the roses - under a beautiful blue sky. Below is a slide show of our walk in pictures.

Monday, 18 May 2020

Sunday's walk in the park...

It felt good to be able to walk in the public gardens in Descartes again yesterday after our recent period of confinement

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Descartes..."I think therefore I wear"

Stretching our La Roche-Posay

Posting a previous photo of the viaduct at La Roche-Posay on FB prompted  us to go a bit further afield for our now, daily walk and over to the town itself.
It was eerily quiet as people seem to be still being careful with regards to staying safe plus the towns main attraction as a place to take 'the cure' has obviously been put on hold.  

We only saw three other couples in total as we did our familiar walk around the town and down by the river.   

Friday, 15 May 2020

Behind the mask...

Never thought I'd see this - nice little touch at the morning market in Le Grand-Pressigny yesterday with with a performance from the mini choir from behind their masks...surreal but appreciated. 

Blackbird singing...


It is always a delight and somehow offers some reassurance, to hear the blackbirds in the courtyard of the cottage here in Barrou.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Going further afield...

Joined friends,                    at a safe distance for a walk up behind Le Grand-pressigny yesterday. Good to have a change of scenery and the chance to interact with others.

Iteresting to note that scarecrow in top pic (sorry about quality) was made by taking advantage of empty bag-in-a-box usage. 

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

If buildings could talk...

This former shop on Grande Rue here in Barrou must have a facinating story to tell...if only it could talk!

As you can see from the old postcard below the village has pretty much remained as it was when the shop was open.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Proceed with caution...

So the first day of extended freedom and we get this!

Maybe it is nature's way of saying 'proceed with caution'

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Another bit of recycling...

'Confinement' has seen me, like many others, get a number of small projects done that have been waiting for years as they were not high on the priority list. The little lean-to at the back of the barn  had been open-ended since we bought the house. When the roof of the barn was renewed we decided to extend it over the lean-to with the idea of one day using the space for storage.   

It has taken a while,though we have been using it, to get to this stage. The good thing about this little project is that everything you see here apart from the door framing has all been recycled. Thh stone came from reducing the height of the wall on the right, the window from when 'Le Bourg' had double glazing installed, the cladding formed a bedroom in La Guerche and the door used to be on our inside/outside loo in Les Balcons.

Source of the cladding - bedroom in La Guerche. It was blue inside. 

Door was from the loo at 'Les Balcons' - took it off over 10 years ago...knew it would come in handy one day!

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Another 'sun on roses'shot...

Sorry but we don't get out much these days! - this time in the back garden of the Old Walnut Mill last night.