Friday, 30 May 2014

Veg Patch!!

The first thing we decided to tackle was the veg patch, it was overgrown with ivy and nettles plus veg that had gone to seed. We hadn't DSC02753
brought any tools with us and all we could find was an old fork without a handle!! The soil had been rotovated so the weeds came out fairly easily. Thankfully we had a wheelbarrow, so we could make the zillion trips to compost corner. We spent just under 2 days pulling out all the weeds by hand and I think we did a pretty good job, look at the difference. We left in some parsley, marigolds, rhubarb, beans, tomatoes and potatoes. Hopefully, when we arrive back in July, will we have the makings of a small dinner. We are so looking forward to planting more veg and not replying on the supermarket. But, I dread to think how many weeds will have reared their heads when we come back. Next time, will have the rotovator and the mower with us as our grass needs a serious haircut.
The cherries were just ripening when we left but not ready to eat. I’m sure the birds will enjoy them though.
We are off home tomorrow and will be back in mid July with the first of our furniture. Our next posting will be then. See you soon x

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Lavoir at Sompt

We came across these 3 beautiful lavoirs set in pretty grounds, on a drive around getting to know the area. For those that don't know what a lavoir is, it's the place where the local ladies would come to wash their clothes. I haven't been able to find much information about the lavoirs. I've read that they were probably built in the 18th century and rebuilt in the 20th century and the River Sompt supplies the water for them. There appears to be a walk/cycle ride running behind the lavoirs which we need to find out more about. It’s such a peaceful place and a lovely place to sit and relax.

Monday, 26 May 2014

We have a house - hooray!

We just can't believe it, we have a house in France at last. After spending a very very long time looking, we have a lovely stone house just outside of Melle in Deux Sevres. Plus an orchard, a large veg patch and a fruit garden which will hopefully keep us in fruit and veg. Thank you to all those who have saved their jam jars for us. There's also a lovely big garden where we will keep sheep, chickens and maybe some ducks.
We have to go back at the end of the week to finish the sale of our house, but we will be back mid July with the first lorry load of our furniture. We will be doing two trips as the lane is narrow and the turning circle into the drive is very tight. We don't want to upset the neighbours by driving over their flowers!
We hope you will follow along with our experiences, good, bad and frustrating as we explore our new home and country.