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Our new life in 'Les Vosges'

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The Best of June: Our Bonfire for ‘La St Jean’

When I suggested months ago that we should organise a Bonfire for ‘La St jean’, little did I know that I would end up joining the social committee of the Village and get a real buzz from organising events.
So Matt went round the village on the Quad with the kids and delivered this little beauty! lol
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Then we had to wait and see if anyone would actually be interested. We knew our close neighbours and friends would come but we had no real idea how the rest of the villagers would react to some new comers organising a Bonfire.
But the bookings came and more than 80 people replied that they would love to come and some had wood to burn.
So the night before we started building the fire. (Next year we’ll be more adventurous and create a real structure).
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On the day we cleared an area of the field and every one just helped out with the lights, the tables, the BBQ…
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We added the finishing touch.
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Before you ask: No, he didn’t have a name. It was just that someone dropped a chair so it seemed fit to make a puppet to sit on it.
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The village hose: just in case.
People started arriving and the party started!
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Our home made barbecues.
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Our awesome DJ.
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The Maire was at a music festival so he dropped off a saucisson for the party before going. He also popped round on his return around 2am.
Then Matt lit the fire.
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The Vosgien’s standing position.lol
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We danced the konga, la queuleuleu and sang lots of French songs on the karaoke. Matt and I even sang ‘Heal the World’. Hahaha so much fun.
In the end more than 100 people turned up, a small crowd stayed up ’til 3am.
There wasn’t that much to clean up and tidy the following day. Again some people turned up to help out and the fire went on to burn for a further 4 days!!
Bring on the next event! 😉


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A couple of little improvements also in June

Old houses do suffer from poor drainage and it doesn’t help that the drain under our utility sink was just open. So finally the smell has gone. (except when it rains!?!) but still it is an improvement. 😉
We are also now able to properly lock and unlock our front door. We got fed up with the door locking itself up behind us when we closed it. It’s just lucky that there’s usually an other open door somewhere in the house.
We disposed of our old radiators. A couple went to the scrap yard and we got 12 euros for it. Yay. Our good friend Hubert got he other two. ‘hoarding are we?’….Hehe Matt finally got to have a peek inside ‘his Café’** when he took them there. And to be honest he was doing us a huge favour as without his help we couldn’t even move them out of the house. (** Matt used to dream of getting this Café until he saw the inside….)
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Matt’s Quad broke down so it was out of action for a little while, until he received the part and was able to repair it. In the meantime, Franky came to the rescue and lent him his ride on mower. I couldn’t help smiling and took a photo. The thought of him mowing the whole field on that was pretty funny. Luckily he was only doing a small section.
As this photo demonstrate, this month Matt has also improved his French. (I’d like that one, and that one, and that one….)
This is Matt the night before he went to Nancy with the school. A whole 10 hours day trip with 10 and 11 years old. That photo could have been taken the following day as well. Hahaha he was pretty shattered but had a great day and really got to improve his French by telling them off! When in Rome. 😉

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So Matt and a couple of friends finished cutting the wood, just in time for…

some wood delivery!
I moved the left over from one barn to the next.
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Jean-Pierre arrived just after that to deliver 12 steres. Today we have just had our last 3 steres delivered as I type…
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While we’re on the subject of wood, Matt was given 2 washing machine drums and decided to convert them into patio wood burners. They work pretty well.
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June: It’s very much about the garden and the nature around us

The Potager is doing really well and I am loving it. I never thought I would get so much satisfaction from it.
With the summer’s weather under way we needed to find a way to get some water. Matt installed a rain water tank. It filled up in one night so he needed to install an over flow.
However it hasn’t rained in 2 weeks now and we’ve had to fill it up with the tap water. Still it is better than watering the garden with cold water.
We need to install a couple more as we have loads of gutter.
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The ‘Rose Tremieres’ are now decorating the front of the house and attracting some interesting bees. Those large black solitary ones called carpenters bees.
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Our lodgers have flown the nest. It’s kind of sad but no more poo in the garage! yay.
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News from Les Vosges in June & the end of the School Year

We were back on our bikes and enjoying our lovely area…well ’til the heat wave arrived and then we had to find some indoor activities during the day.
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We also picked cherries on the way.
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Interesting zoo games with shoes…
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So we baked and we made jams. We picked our fruits and our neighbours’ fruits! 😉
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Love the contrast of those 2 photographs.
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The kids’ school took part in a 10 days challenge. 10 jours sans ecran. There was activities organised after school and at the weekend. They went to the local bakery, Rhys & Matt visited the local fire station, the kids did a whole afternoon of athletics and Saffron’s drawing was chosen as the poster.
We all loved the challenge and the kids raised to it without any difficulties.
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The fun fair came to Lamarche and that was a Big Deal. 😉 We took Saf and Rhys there for a little fun time.
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The kids made some cup cakes for the School Fete, which was brilliant. Everything is so down to earth and low key here. A true breath of fresh air.