Une belle aventure

Our new life in 'Les Vosges'


We went to the UK and slept in a Teepee

It was Matt’s dads 80th birthday on 7th June so we went back to the UK for a very speedy-weekend. It was slightly strange as we hadn’t gone back since last August. It was lovely to see family and friends but moreover it was lovely to come back. Home sweet home is truly here now. 😉
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We needed a new door frame

When the builders made the doorway higher they obviously removed the door. So we needed to build something to replace the material. We have a lot of old oak beams laying around so we used some of them and have started to make ‘rustic’ looking door frames.
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Still a lot of work to do but we like how it’s going to look. Furthermore spending as little as possible is what this all project is all about. Upcycling and Repurposing all the way.

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The backroom’s make over has started

The first job was to take off the old wood flooring. Needless to say that it was the perfect job for ‘Wreck-It Randle’ and he loved it!!!
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Rhys also helped out.
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Striking some poses. 😉
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Just as well we’re planning a MASSIVE bonfire soon!
Then our happy chaps came back and did the floor. So we moved into one room for a few days. it almost felt like being back in the mobile home. lol
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The floor in the kitchen isn’t level and when we told them that it was okay, we’d got used to it and didn’t plan on getting it levelled, they looked at us in a strange way…Guess we are a little strange but we love this house because it is quirky so it’s a bit pointless rectifying all of its quirkiness!
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They also took out the beam above the window as it was…well just take a look…pretty rotten!
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The kids can now use that room as a play room. We’ve moved the ping pong table in it as well. So next the window, the walls and the ceiling, oh and also trying to remove this humongous radiator and taking it to the metal dealer….

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May in a nutshell

May 2015 kind of came and went. We’re already well into June.
The days are so filled, it’s a real treat to live here and appreciate the seasons.
We had some lovely visitors. This lot! And we’re already looking forward to their next visit. 😉
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We had an ‘ANT-POCALYPSE’ but managed to get rid of them. Hundreds of dead little bodies to hoover up every morning….nice!
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We discovered more interesting wildlife.
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The latest being the horrible ‘Anetons’ which have had devastating effects on the fruit trees very much like the ‘locusts’. You could shake trees and hundreds would fall. This and the fact that we’ve had a couple of late frosts mean that we won’t have many plums this year. Shame. ;(
We’ll have to diversify our ‘home brew’s recipes’. I have heard of bay leaf-wine….Must investigate this.

We started cutting our allocated wood…Arrrrggg Wood! We are so happy to say that with the help of many friends we have finally finished cutting our wood for winter 2016! 😉

It wasn’t easy!
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The kids had their first water fight with friends in the garden.
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I discovered the damage that Slugs do and subsequently ‘Slug Pellets’! I have also dug a couple of beer bottles but they’re not falling for it. They killed a parsley and a coriander plants in one night and are now eating my peppers. Arrggggg! I can’t even bring myself to cut them. I mean who can?? So I pick them up and threw them as a far as possible. To then be told that they always come back.
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We took part in an organised walk and walked 15 kms in 4 hours and had a lovely BBQ afterwards at home.
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Matt started his new job and loves it. He loves the ‘chatting’ aspect that comes with the job. 😉 I say it’s pretty damn good for his french. He now works approx 4 hours/week keeping the village nice and tidy and chatting to all the villagers on the way. They all know him: ‘l’Anglais’. Kind of sweet really.
Rhys has been getting some lines to write at school for misbehaving:
And since I do the cleaning in his classroom, I spotted this on one of the girl’s desk. 😉
We had more visitors and my sister and her family came from Dordogne, where they now live. It was lovely to share stories and we look forward to seeing them again next month in the Vendée.
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The warmer weather has meant that we’ve spent more time outside than inside

The ‘potager’ has grown and now looks like a vegetable patch. Flint is always in the garden with us, which is kind of fun but also very infuriating… There’s now a couple of areas where I can not grow anything!!!
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Little by little we built it and I started planting.
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Week after week it grew…
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I am absolutely loving it. It’s ‘un petit coin de paradis’. The pleasure of growing vegs and flowers is Ace.
To just go in the garden and pick up stuff to cook, priceless.
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At the moment: radishes, salad, herbs and currants.