La Belle Vie en France

Our journey into purchasing and rennovating our fermette in the South West of France

Maybe the title of the last blog was used incorrectly and would be more apt for the activities since the last blog. On a warm day for October without the chance of rain, we headed out to the large stack of wood and started the slow process of cutting the timber into manageable pieces.  We are cutting and stacking the wood into one metre lengths, so it is manageable and ready for the final cut into the desired lengths for the stove. In fact this activity has taken up pretty much most of the time at the moment and we are probably only a quarter of the way complete.

As there is such a large amount of timber to be stacked and seasoned it has meant that we are going to have to clear a bigger area. This meant that two trees have been felled and then I got to play with the wood chipper. “Boys and their toys”, is all Mandy can say. Talking of toys, the chainsaw is getting a hammering at the moment so we are on the hunt for a second larger chainsaw. It’s certainly true what they say “your wood should warm you twice”. 

On the plus side, we finally have been connected to the internet and the landline is in. This in itself is no major event for the twenty first century but this is France!!!!! We are slowly starting to realise that good service has a completely different meaning here than it does to the UK. The internet saga has been going on since the beginning of August and after 4 visits for connection and one thing after another, it has finally been installed and is working. The speed is not great and our mobile reception is quicker, it is working.

But it’s not all bad, the tax people were extremely helpful in getting me set up with access to my tax page so I can submit my tax return next year! Just got to love the tax man!

Of course, without mentioning the kittens would be a crime in itself. They are doing really well and settling in nicely with the dogs so much so that they are even taking over the dogs’ bed. They are all over our Facebook page so why not go and check them out.

So for now, it’s time to hang up the chainsaw, sit back, relax and have another bottle of my favourite beer. 

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