Une belle aventure

Our new life in 'Les Vosges'

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We got cracking with a few things in April

We carried on with the bathroom.
Next on the list: The shower! 🙂 But before we install our ‘bargain’ shower, which has now been delivered and is being stored in the front room, we need to build an insulated wall in the bathroom; but before that we need to install the hot water tank, and before that we need a new water system, and before that we need to fit a new electricity box! Haha nothing is ever straight forward but we (I mean Matt) will get there!
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We/Matt had to fit a secondary electricity box some 18 meters away from the first one! After a little maths and a trip to a couple of DIY stores we were ready to start.
A fun job I managed to miss (lol) : fitting the wires through the tube.
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Cleared above the bedroom at the same time and managed to find a small gap in the wall to fit the cable through.
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A new box now in the garage for the left hand side of the house.
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Now to connect with the original box. Again not straight forward as we needed one of these little blue things!
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We moved the hot water tank into the old toilet. We were lucky it fitted, as I don’t think we actually measured the space we had before buying it. Doh! And yes Matt did manage to get out from behind it.
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Matt set up the new water system under the stairs and connected the hot water tank, but again we didn’t actually have the correct safety kit, so we tried various ways before getting the proper kit!! Hehe!
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We finally have hot water on tap in the house! ( probably the first time this house has running water in over 10 years!) That just feels soooooo good!! Nearly there and we’ll have a shower.
Back to our list, we needed the electricity – check, the water system and the hot water tank – check so onto the wall.
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Then to sort out the drain and the base of the shower.
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Again we underestimated how tricky it actually is to build a shower cabin in a corner especially when it’s an ex-display unit with missing parts and any instructions!!! How are you meant to be able to get behind to screw everything?….with a little perseverance (and a lot of swearing from Matt) we finally got there and it was worth it!!
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The moral of this story – (should there be one) is that there’s no such thing as a ‘quick DIY Job’ and I am Okay with that! 😉


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Spring was here for a little while

Yes Karen Wallace, I promise you and I have some photos to prove it. Spring did come….and then went away. (sorry).
Ta Ta!!!
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The garden was alive again:
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We decided to give our little house a little make over: painted the front door.
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We are now awaiting a dry day to paint the window…and so we wait.
We gave our front garden a little tidy-up and planted a couple of flowers and started planting some herbs and fruits in our ‘Herbs & Fruits’ garden’ (haha). Even the rabbits got some vitamin D under the watch full eye of Flint our ‘guard cat’.
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We asked our friend Hubert to plough a ‘little allotment’ in our field. Seemed little enough at the time, but now that I have started clearing it and turning the earth….It is huge!!
Anyhow I don’t have to fret too much with that weather I won’t be planting anything before May so that gives me plenty of time to get it ready…ish.
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We also moved the fire pit and the hundreds of tiles around it. We are moving it out of the garden, nearer to an area where we may site our bell tents. We also want to keep the fenced garden area for chickens and ducks in the future.
As for fires, well we might be having the biggest one to date yet on 25th June. More details later…
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Then Spring disappeared….;(

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Now that I work at the school…

…I find myself volunteering and helping out a lot! I guess I do enjoy the kids’ company. So I went on a few excursions.
We had the Carnival first. The kids wore fancy dress (or PJ’s in Saffs case) and we walked through the village while throwing confetti. I personally didn’t get to throw that much but needless to say I was completely covered by the end. It was a good laugh.
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I went along to a dairy farm visit. The farm is situated at the entrance to the village so we walked there, which was really nice. The kids really enjoyed seeing the animals and……trying out their feed (!??!) I had a really good time asking well too many questions!lol
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Last Friday we went to the ‘Palais des Congres’ in Contrexeville and saw a great performance from the JM France (Les Jeunesses Musicales Francaise). It was a modern show with human beatbox and lights. Brilliant.
That’s the view of the school, when I leave work in the evenings.

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Le mois de mars – What we got up to

We were allocated an allotment of wood by the Mairie at a very affordable price. We had to pick a number, so it’s a lottery. Matt picked up number 18 and we went to check it out. That’s him sorted for the next couple of months. We’ll have to cut it and make a pile in the forest and move it at the end of the summer. Mostly Beech and one Oak so pretty happy. Besides, not a bad view to work and he always fancied him as a Lumber Jack. 😉

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We went skiing one last time in Gerardmer. It was brilliant; no one on the slopes and lovely sunshine. March Skiing it is from now on! ;))
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We introduced Flint to the ‘tour des Loges’ walk’ and he actually followed us all the way round! (Must have been an obedient little dog in a former life) He was a little unsure of the horses and pretty tired at the end as he slept the rest of the afternoon. 🙂
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He has been trying lots of different places to find his favourite spot.
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I think we are now taking more photos of the cat than of the kids! ‘High Five!’ lol
We are back on the Vosges’ roads most saturdays for the football tournaments.
First destination was Mirecourt, then it’s Vittel, Darney, Neufchateau….Gets us out!IMG_4031 DSCF3855
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Matt has had a go at repairing my laptop and has been pretty successful. The screen still bugs every now and then but I can use it and that’s what matters.
Whilst he was repairing the screen, well he gave it a little spring clean…(I don’t think I actually ever cleaned it…ooops).
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Matt has also found himself a new hobby: Flying a quad-copter and bought a second hand one from ‘Le Bon Coin’, he wants to try his hand at some aero photography.This is what our kitchen table looks like most evenings…
We’ve started collecting pallets….I am unsure as to what will be the first thing we make with them. We are sorting the ones we’ve got and are on the look out for specific euro pallets so we now take the small trailer when going to the local DIY shop, just in case we spot some ’round the back….;)
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We watched the eclipse from our front garden with Matt’s welding’s mask. It was pretty cool. We actually like to sit at the front of the house mid-morning and have a cup of coffee and some biscuits. If anyone passes by, we have a little chat….lol (this does sound like a retired little old lady talking…)


We had some extremely windy days too…perfect for chamionship kite flying.