La Belle Vie en France

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

Life here in lockdown or as the French put it “confinement” has not changed from a normal day for us in La Correze. Just need to remember the self-certifying certificate that we need to fill out and carry on our person when we venture out, even to walk the dogs up the road. The restrictions on the face of it seem quite restricting, only exercise within 1km or 0.65 miles from your house and you must wear a mask if you are out and about…. essential activities only. But actually, it makes sense and coupled with the French’s sense of citizenship the vast majority are abiding and even in our rural area there has been a marked reduction in traffic. Could this be, what may be described as draconian, work in the UK? I think not! The UK is all too pink and fluffy.

On another note, the chainsaw has been having a rest and we have decided that we should start clearing some land to the left of the house as you approach us. This area will become our vegetable patch and area for the chickens (we have not bought them yet!). Great progress has been made even though it’s only been a couple of days hard graft so far!

The kittens are coming on well and are very interactive with the dogs and the two seem to exist in a state of “don’t bother me and I won’t bother you”. Which is great and they don’t really mind each other. The animals are all over our Facebook page so why not go and check them out.

The local farmer came good on his promise of some fire wood, so off I went with him in his tractor and wood bailer to assist in bailing 3 cubic meters of Frances finest oak. Yes, I know more firewood, but this deal was made prior to being able to secure the 24 cubic meters earlier in October. 

Small progress is being made on the man cave but still lots to do to get it fully up and running. I have managed to get two new additions to the family (mitre saw and compressor), the latter being used extensively to clean the chainsaw and other tools in the “man cave”. Managed to get them before “Confinement” came into place and quite clearly others were having the same idea of getting essential DIY items.

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

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