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Our new life in 'Les Vosges'


We built a home for our ducks

Our 4 new friends grew to their full adult size within 6 weeks, which meant that they outgrew their little enclosure very quickly. We needed to build them a new home. With the help of the ‘Bros’ (Jessy and Guillaume), we put together a little cabin and a nice pad!

Happy ducks!

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As Jessy had the manitou and was in the mood for some digging, he helped us move the stone and gave the kids a few turns in it. They loved it. Who needs fun fairs when there are Manitou around!


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We worked on a couple of things (whilst these two, well…slept)

Spring does feel like a long time ago, especially as it is now Autumn. Looking back at the photographs I can see that in between trips to the Forest, we managed to do a few DIY jobs and we were still clearing the grounds from the storm of sep 2015. (We still have some more clearing to do…)
Most of the work in the bathroom is done (we just need to build some cupboards). As with everything, well problems appeared. Because it is not insulated, the condensation is terrible, which made the paint flakes! Arrgg. So more work…more tiling but it is not sorted.
I restored the old pharmacy cupboard and painted it yellow!

We finally started tiling the floor (18 month after purchasing the tiles, which everyone thought they were pizza boxes) – So no more pizza boxes in the corner Yay!
First of all we had to removed the linoleum, which had been glued on. This took a few days of scrapping and destroyed our fingers. (Cooper and Rhys helped)
Then Matt did the whole tiling and cutting and fitting and then we spent 4 days grouting. Such a tedious job. But it is done now!

Matt finished the wood panelling around the room.

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Quick update on Spring 2016

So let’s go back to April, May & June 2016 and see what we got up to during those month…in pictures.

These two became great buddies!



And them sleeping in the sofa together became a regular feature.
We celebrated Saffron’s birthday. 11. She had a party in the mobile home with her besties.

We started our daily trips to the wood to cut our allocated wood.

Cooper loves it, Matt loves it and even the kids enjoyed the odd trips to the wood!

We made some bonfires and attempted to clear more of the garden….

My car broke down and Matt had to come and rescue me. (could have been a lot worth…at least he can fix it!)

Saf improved her karaoke skills and started cooking us some yummy diners like ‘leek quiche’!

Matt turned the earth to get the ‘potager’ ready….and I asked for a second one! hahaha next year I’d like a third one!

We found some tadpoles eggs and put them in the garden bath….unfortunately this story doesn’t have a happy ending. Still it is life and we learn from experiences.

Cooper got accustomed to more animals: Charly and Buster (with the sun coming out so did they) and the local cows.

And we got 4 ducks! They started out living in the barn (as it was so cold and they were just a few weeks old) then they moved to a small enclosure, then we upgraded them and so on….(1 femelle and 3 males…)

We also had some great sunny days in May this year.