Monday, 16 May 2016

Fun on a Bicycle

Sunday 15th May 2016

Now the goats have gone back home and Spencer has had his wormer for the Pet Passport, we are started to get organised for going home to England. We are clearing up, sorting out, tidying and packing. We have done a few things to make the place look better whilst we are away. 

I've cleared the grass and weeds from the back of the house. 

Chris has strimmed by the road and in other places around the garden to supplement the work of the goats. 

Whilst tidying the workshop, Chris found his old bicycle and was riding it around. I love these photos of him and Spencer having fun!

Thanks for visiting!

Maggie xx

Raising the Ceiling

Saturday 14th May 2016

Another week has flown by. The main task we've been concentrating on this week is raising the living room ceiling. The ceiling had slumped by about 4cm due to water damage in the past. This photo shows the bedroom floor above. You can see the gap that had appeared. 

We used acroprops to raise the ceiling to its correct height. 

Then Chris started drilling holes through the beam and the granite wall behind. 

He then put strong bolts in to hold the ceiling in place. 

Today our friends Bob and Val popped over for lunch and to collect the goats. They've done a fantastic job of clearing back the long grass and weeds. I'm going to miss these little guys but they'll be back in the summer. 

Our pear trees, planted last December, are looking good.....

We've nearly finished the multi-couche....

.....and tried out the lambris.....

On Friday evening we went to a barbeque at Rod and Gail's. It was warm enough to sit outside all evening. 

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

A Countryside Bonus

Monday 9th May 2016

When we returned home from Bob and Val's on Sunday, Georges had completed planting the maize. 

Today we had a few tasks on the list to complete before we return home to England. 

One of these tasks was to climb up into the farmhouse loft and close the Velux windows. 

We think that the roofers installed the Velux Windows last year and didn't shut them, probably thinking we would do so from the inside. Trouble is, the loft floor isn't safe to walk on so we don't go up there unless we have to. We didn't realise a window was open until Chris spotted it from the outside. 
So we ventured into the loft. Well actually Chris ventured up the ladder into the loft whilst I stayed on the first floor acting as safety officer. He took some planks and boards with him to rest across the beams. He got the job done safely and also moved some large stones, that had been resting on the dodgy floor, to a safer place. 

Another task on the list is to remove the earth around the electricity pole in order that our permanent meter/power breaker may be installed there.  So Chris dug out a few barrows. 

The goats had a nice rest. 

Then Chris tackled some branches of the beech tree by the windmill. 

He was kind of superman today!

In the meantime, whilst having a break from my safety officer role, I prepared an area at the side of the barn for some fruits. 

As there were so many rotting leaves, we made a makeshift compost heap with some pieces of tin. 

Then I planted the fruits.....raspberry from our friend Henri ....

Blackcurrent from our friend Gail.....

And rhubarb also from Henri.....

What kind neighbours we have!

As a bonus, later on in the day, a tractor that had been muck spreading in the field opposite, left a trail of manure outside our house. 

We shovelled it into a bucket and mulched it in around the fruits!

Thank you for visiting!

Maggie xx

Monday, 9 May 2016

Visit to Ploumanac'h

Saturday 6th May 2016

Today we travelled to see our friends Bob and Val. Before we left, our neighbouring farmer, Georges, had started planting the maize crop. 

The tractor had attachments that planted the seed and laid plastic over the top to aid seed germination. 

We arrived at our friends' house and then travelled to Ploumanac'h on the north coast. 

We ate delicious steak and chip butties at a picnic table. 

Then walked amongst the many magnificent huge rocks that may be found here. 

Many of the rocks resemble various animals and objects and many have faces if you look carefully. 

Spencer enjoyed the walk..... did Bob and Val's young dog, Ludo. 

The rocks are pink granite. 

The weather was warm and breezy. 

This rock is called 'the bottle'.

It was a fascinating place. 

Oh Chris!

We had a very enjoyable day. 

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx