La Belle Vie en France

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

The woodchopping has reached a milestone since the last post. We have finally managed to cut 50% of our wood purchase and only another 12 stere to go. Thankfully we have enough ground to store it but sometimes when you look at it you do wonder……. Do I? So far, apart from a lot of petrol used it has cost some free time and two chains for the chainsaw, which has been performing exceptionally well considering the amount of firewood and trees it’s cut in the last 8 weeks. However, that did not stop me from having an impulse buy last week. Yes, I went and bought a new Sthil chainsaw, chain and file sharpening set! Much to the joy of Mandy who know is excited about gaining the old smaller chainsaw we were originally using. Best she gets kitted out with the correct PPE!

The weather continues to be glorious and mild during the day with beautiful sunshine, whilst starting to get a bit chilly in the evening and we have even had a couple of frosty mornings. Fingers crossed the weather continues as the clear blue skies and warm sun certainly lift the spirits during “Confinement”.

The man cave has welcomed several new arrivals in the last month and are certainly a helpful addition to the ever-increasing list of items we wish to make. The second-hand bandsaw was a bargain, but will be a restoration project for now before it gets back into full service as it needs a clean, service and new saw blade.

The kittens are as mischievous as ever and itching to get out and explore the big wide world, but all-in good time, as we have just finished installing some cat flaps at the rear of the house so they are directed away from the road in front of the house. Whilst we know it won’t stop them from crossing the road, we can try to keep them from it as much as possible. The plan is for them to be released in the next few days, after Mandy has put up some “drive carefully” signs, and I am sure they will have lots of fun. 

The three dogs are just being their normal selves and have really taken to the cats. They are enjoying their country walks and sleeping in front of the wood stove. The animals are all over our Facebook page so why not go and check them out.

As is customary in our bloc, 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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