Tuesday, 24 August 2010
The downstairs radiators have just arrived -the silvered pattern on the cast iron dazzling in the sunshine. They are now safely stored until work starts again on the plumbing. Paul and Tracey did a grand job moving them inside while Crumble did what every young thing does - played with the packaging. Allegra watched the show from the comfort of an armchair!
Today has been cooler, the rain failed to materialise and tomorrow they say that the heatwave will return. Earlier Paul made plum jam with fruit picked yesterday at Vincent's new house. We are blessed with kilos of tomatoes, aubergines and courgettes so its chutney making tomorrow -the last batch was very popular, such a shame I can't remember what spices I used.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Friday, 30 July 2010
Saturday, 10 April 2010
| ||After a long cold winter, spring has come at last to enMatte. New for this spring is more on demand hot water than you could possibly want, thanks to the newly installed solar panels and the warmer weather! |
Work for this Easter included re-cycling the beams from the replacement of the upstairs floor to refresh the raised beds which have supplied a variety of fruit and vegetables over the years – but now need new wood work to hold in the earth.
Also started was installing the wood work and vapour barrier that will support the final flooring upstairs and hide the wiring and pipe work from sight. This time there where no animal printed on the rolls of barrier – just instructions in about every European language you could think of!
After much discussion and searching the web, we also think we’ve worked out the lighting for the kitchen and front room. We’ve also got some candidates for a radiator to be the focal point – and source of heat – for the upstairs living space…
Monday, 11 January 2010
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Snow finally arrived in Puycasquier last night along with a temperature drop to match the rest of europe. Amazingly the hens are still laying (3 eggs today) and the garden is alive with small birds feeding of the seeds scattered on the driveway. The plumbers have been here all week connecting up the solar panels and bathroom radiator -one more day, so they say! Its great to have the multi-purpose new burner -heating, cooking, hot water all in one and from local wood now stacked in the old fireplace. I am very settled here (as always); fingers crossed that in 10 dyas time I will be able to get my return flight to UK.