Une belle aventure

Our new life in 'Les Vosges'


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The Front Room & its chimney

When we first saw the house, the chimney had a cooker linked up to it and it was full of wood.

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So first we took the wood out and uncovered some treasures.

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Then we took all the metal stuff away. A ‘ferailleur’ from the neighbouring village came to pick everything up.

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We had the chimney swept. (It was pretty clean).

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We put a lid on it (lol) to try it out.

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Then Matt fixed the hole.

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We had our first proper fire.

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Then Eric lent us a useful thing: ‘un pare-feu’.
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Saffron helping restore the Treasures.

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Our Dry Toilet

We always spoke about making a dry toilet, even more so because that’s what we’re planning to implement for the campers. We had to trial our idea.

First we had to get rid of the old toilet in ‘Le Bungalow’.
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We are going to upcycle it into a flower pot.
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Then measure, cut, varnish and fit.
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We decided to use a wee separator.
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We have been using it for over a month now. The kids prefer it to the one in the house. I empty the number 2 once a week. We use wood chips and I empty it into our compost area. Matt empties the wee once or twice a week. It’s not that taxing.
So a pretty successful thing so far.

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The nature around us

There are a lot of birds of prey in this area (Sparrowhawks, Buzzard, Kestrels, Owls). It’s just breathtaking to see and hear these birds every day. We can also see jays and woodpeckers.
There are also some snakes and lizards. We saw this one just outside our mobile home and were delighted. However the other night, one was trying to get into the garage I wasn’t so delighted then. The thought of stepping on it in the dark.

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We also found this skin in the cellar. Pretty cool.

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There’s also a few spiders. We seem to have adopted one so we decided to give her the name ‘Matilda’. She’s been on a specific mobile home window for weeks and we feed her flies and wasps from time to time, but she’s doing a great job at catching them in her awesome web. Pretty gross when she cocoons and transport them afterward though.

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There’s also cute looking bugs and fluorescent beetles.

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Escargot Love!

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Saf with the remains of a small bees’ nest.

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Strange pears

We have some mirabelles, some quetches, some grapes, some berries and a pear tree as well as some Coings!

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Pears

You could be mistaken to think that they are slightly fury pears. I am told they’re great as jam with apples or as crumbles or as ‘pate de fruits’. We shall try in a few weeks.

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Coing

I am hoping to plant a few more fruit trees this autumn. Locals say that they should be planted before 25th November – St Catherine’s day.


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We will be gardening for a while

The problem with our garden is that it’s perfectly exposed so everything (mainly weeds and stinging nettles) just grow well too quickly. The upkeep is going to be time consuming…
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We came back to that in August.
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We cleared around the pigshed and uncovered a vine and a coing’s tree.
To protect our fruits, we made a scarecrow.
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We made a couple of bonfires.

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that sometimes lasted ’til the night.
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Some days the kids helped. (kind of). Rhys just likes digging and made a few booby traps along the way.

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Saf was just interested in finding a new pet.
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Teamwork.
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Matt built a washing line with some old scrap metal and I absolutely love it.

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