Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Lightening the Load

 


There are lots of things to be done in this new house and, because I broke my arm last February, I can do very little still and Roy has to do it all.

But he has coped wonderfully and recently he put up a light fitting in a spare bedroom - a beautiful art nouveau light fitting which, unfortunately had no lampshdes.

Serendipitously I found the perfect glass shades in our local charity shop yesterday and today he fitted them on the light.

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The shades are really beautiful close up...

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One more advance in the decorating stakes...

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

TIMBER!!!!!

So, today Vienne Tree Services came to cut down four trees.  Three massive pines, planted in a small group and a tall deodar cedar, full of procession caterpillar nests!  These four trees were about 30 years old (we counted the rings) and overshadowed a large part of the garden.



Now the area is much lighter and we hope that grass will grow instead of the weeds and moss that proliferated in the shade...

It took all day to cut them down, but the guys cleared up all their mess and all we have to do now is wait for the man who is having the wood to come and collect it.

 I hope he does that soon, as the garden is full of tree trunks now!




Thursday, 2 April 2020

Tulips are Blooming in Sainte-Soline...

Last autumn I bought some tulip bulbs from Farmer Gracy. 50 bulbs of Orange Princess. Now the first one is up and flowering..


...only 49 left to go!

They are all planted round the lime tree, which is a central feature of the old orchard...


I was hoping they would all come out together and make a lovely show... but there are still 49 left, so hopefully there will be more coming out very soon.  I'll take more pictures...

The dead tree you can see at the back of the picture was like that when we bought the house last year, and there were some old fruit trees that were dead too, so we had quite a bit of wood around. As we are currently in lockdown because of the COVID19 virus, we can't take anything to the tip (not essential business) so we asked for a permit for a bonfire (don't worry, we didn't burn the old cherry tree - that is promised to a wood turner).  Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day with no wind, so Roy had a lovely time with a bonfire...


Monday, 30 March 2020

Pluvio-neigeuse...

Yes, a little snow and rain together here this morning. My (weather forecasting app tells me that this kind of weather is called 'pluvio-neigeuse'. I learn something new every day😊






And there's a bit of a chilly wind too.

So much for 'In like a lion and out like a lamb' !

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Gardening Leave

With the whole world (virtually) on lockdown, I'm guessing many people will be doing their gardens, and it's just the right time of year for us here to make a start on the potager.  So far we've planted potatoes...



...added a row of raspberry canes...


...and planted some runner bean seeds to grow up an obelisk.


Even the cat helped by smoothing out the soil...


Monday, 23 March 2020

...and here is the news on Monday...

It's all go here today.  Graham is here to finish tiling the kitchen floor and Paul is here to start putting in the electrics for the front room and the rest of the house.

So the front room looks like this at present...




 

...as everything has been moved to allow Paul to get to the walls and the ceiling to put in the wires.


Saturday, 21 March 2020

A Night on the Tiles

Well actually it is the tiles that have had the night - as Graham laid them yesterday :-)


He'll be back on Monday to do the rest. They're being laid over the old ones, which were rather dated.

I had hoped for blue units, but it looks like I will have to settle for whatever the firm has in stock. 

Hopefully it will be these...


...which are cream, but a yellowy cream...