Une belle aventure

Our new life in 'Les Vosges'


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With a little help from our friends (again…)

I know, I know we do rely on our friends a lot but it’s all about exchanging services and what one can do that another one can’t. Matt had found a chimney insert. We now needed to tube the chimney and fit it. He is not great with heights so we were lucky when  ‘The Brothers’ offered to help. It obviously didn’t go as smoothly as planned as the chimney had a slight recess which stop the tubes from sliding down nicely. Still it is now in place and I am really glad as this room would be freezing without it.
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Matt has also restored this lovely box.
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We managed to keep some normality to our routine

This meant enjoying mushroom picking. Picking up the last vegetables form the potager.
Learning about ‘Colchique’ and making an infusion to repel nits. Also putting my awesomely hot chilly peppers in a jar. (unfortunately I didn’t follow the advise about wearing gloves and my hands were burning for a couple of days afterwards).
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We also cheered on Rhys at weekends while he played football.
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Then S*** Happened…and the roof landed in the garden

Wednesday 16th September, a mini tornado made its way to our village. It gathered speed up the road and blasted the barn door, taking the roof out. It was pretty traumatic. It also rained for 2 days non stop (63 mm). Luckily our friends rallied round and helped us minimise any further damage from the weather.
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After the initial relief of not being injured, the realisation of what had just happened was a little scary. A little tour around the garden and seeing all the destructions was heartbreaking. The fruit tree, our compost area, the swing, the washing line, the scare crow. I spend most of my time at the back of the house so it was a really sad sight. Luckily the vegetable patch was spared. We also had to get rid of all the ‘up cycling material’ from the barn. ;(
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Then it rained and rained and our moral was pretty low as dealing with the insurance prove challenging and there were loads of paperworks required. (in France, how surprising!?). So we had to try our best to keep the place dry and remove the water when the rain stopped.
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Back to School & Back to Work

So the summer ended and the kids (and myself) made their way back to school. It was time for Matt to get back to destroying…I mean fixing stuff!
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We have some night visitors as well so…
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We found a door from a vide-maison and fitted it. Matt also started drilling the holes for the hot air system and got a ‘bargain deal’ with a chimney insert. (which now needs a Karen Wallace seal of approval).
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Summer times – more highlights

Summer was also about getting together with neighbours whom we can call friends now; having visitors and discovering new places of interest in the area….And also about fruits, food (as always), making new games, the quad copter, discovering ‘La Pétanque’ and introducing Guiness to Les Vosgiens 😉
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