Friday, 28 September 2007

New outer skin

enMatte has gained a new door - making access to the balcony at the front much easier that climbing through a window or up a ladder! The mud bricks at the front and side have also gained a protective covering of sand and lime to keep the wind and rain from washing them away.
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Thursday, 23 August 2007

Birthday amongst the vineyards

Vines in Bordeaux

Birthday's come once a year - but 60th birthdays only once a lifetime. So it was a quiet celebration in France for a special anniversary.

A weekend of fine food and wine at Ch√Ęteau Cordeillan-Bages with a fine contribution to the weekend's gastronomic delights from La Salamandre on the river front in Pauillac.

Followed by a ferry trip across the muddy waters of the Bordeaux river, past the eel fishing huts and nets.

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Friday, 10 August 2007

Summer 2007 News

August 10th 2007 This summer we have seen the mix of sun and rain that seems to have engulfed northern europe but its hot when the sun shines and the rain has a wonderful effect on the garden. Novel ideas for using kilos of tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines etc are all very welcome. We are keeping pace with the corn on the cob: simply steamed and very sweet!
Tetra had her first litter last month -four engaging little bundles that are rapidly learning to outdo Cookie's attempts at 'play' . They can get under the deck, whilst she can only poke her nose there. The scratching post John made for Tess and Solo (circa 1989) is doing good service again but all 4 still seem to like to run our legs -ouch! The new roof is finally finished and the house now has a petit roof onto Paul and Tracey's wonderful terrace. The swallows are once again nesting here, this time in the little barn and accompanied by the rest of the flock that seem to be scouting the place for suitable nest sites. We think they are feeding on the crop in the adjacent field -I wish they could eat up the mice and voles who have taken up residence under my floor, despite Tetra's routine catches for her babies.

Friday, 8 June 2007

The Wall

and in the middle of the 2006 heatwave the back wall came down ...

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

View south

The view towards the mountains - unfortunately you couldn't see them because of the clouds!
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Thursday, 31 May 2007

A Place in France

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A new blog to record memories and developments in the south of France. Really doesn't seem like we first saw this place in early 2003 - when there was a water supply and electric, but little else. It now has a new roof, wonderful bathroom and satellite TV! Lots of hardwork done, and more to go...