Une belle aventure

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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On the House Front in December

Matt finished the step to the barn on the first floor. I think it looks brilliant and I am looking forward to doing the stone wall like the one in the kitchen. We are making use of the spare beams we now have.


We cleared more of the back as the weather was so warm. It is such a massive task…..little by little.


Matt installed a water softener.

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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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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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We tackled our boundary ….might involve burning some stuff…

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So let’s pull all those trees and…..well burn it.
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While we also clear the clay and discover more treasures.
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While Rhys plays with his mate.
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With some help from our favourite neighbours.

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And let’s spot a little neighbour while making the fire.
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And it burnt for quite some time.
We decided to upcycle our radiator pipes into our boundary fencing.
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Matt also started clearing the field….by all weather…

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