La Belle Vie en France

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

That’s another week over with here in the Correze. Time just seems to fly by, even though we have both retired and have all the time in the world to do what we want there just never seems to be enough. This week has been very similar to last week in regards to weather and activity. A wet start, good middle and a wet end.

This week has been mainly taken up by the cutting up two trees felled at the back of the well. The largest section of the trunk is still to be cut as I was rudely interrupted by the torrential rain. Utilising the new wedges, I purchased last week has made the whole process a little easier. By using the wedges to separate the tree as I cut, not only makes the process quicker but also has stopped the chainsaw from getting trapped as the cut can close behind the chainsaw. Depending on how the trunk is laying on the ground and the ground level itself, which here is quite step for the most part.

Prior to getting the trees cut, we set about chipping the massive holly tree and bushes that had to be cut away, so access could be gained by the tree surgeon. After a little swearing and cursing at being pricked by holly leaves and getting caught up in it, we managed get it all chipped in a couple of hours. We then moved the pile of chippings over the road to the main pile, which will be spread out for the allotment. In between cutting up felled trees and chipping we are also managing to keep the firewood topped up in between the good and bad weather.

Mandy is busy crafting and this week has been knitting cowls. She also made me a beanie and three other beanies. These are and other wonderful creations are on her Etsy store!! Less my beanie. The store is slowly taking shape and I am sure that within a few weeks it will really take off and be full of lots of crafting goodies for you to buy. Mandy’s polystyrene mannequin heads (male and female) arrived from amazon this week, she will be using them for her photographs to display hats/beanies on Etsy. Harley did not know what to do with himself as the heads sat on the dining room table. He was up and down on the chair, growling at the heads and then running away. Things soon settled down after a couple of hours. He still does not know what to make of them but now ignores them.

We have now got all our pieces for the roof guttering to be placed on the rear of the house. Hopefully we will get a big enough break in the weather to put it up and stop the rear garden getting flooded. Hopefully we will be able to tie the whole process in with ethe fosse installation so we can get a drainage channel dug using a digger instead of by hand.

The return of the Six Nations has bought some relief to this rugby mad household who to be quite frank have been having rugby withdrawal symptoms after the Autumn Nations Cup.  On further exploration of our new French tv decoder, we have manged to find a weekly Pro14 highlights programme to watch. All that is left is to get the cycling coverage sorted and we will be full steam ahead for our sports fix in between jobs around the house and grounds.

As is customary in our blog, for now it’s time to hang up the keyboard, sit back, relax and have another cup of tea, as “Dry January” has now merged into February.

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