Wednesday, 22 March 2017
What to do on a grey, grizzly Sunday afternoon – explore the streets of Melle, something we haven't done since moving here. Apart from visiting the tax office, the supermarket, the post office and a few other unexciting but necessary places, we just don’t know our home town at all. I have to confess I haven’t been in love with Melle, the factory on the outskirts isn’t the prettiest place to greet you on your way in, so surely there must be more to Melle than that. So with the aid of this map, we took a leisurely stroll around the old streets and what a lovely surprise, beautiful buildings, loads of history and hidden places that we’ve never seen before.
Not the best photos as it was a dull day, so we plan to do the same walk again in the sunshine, but in reverse next time.
Saturday, 18 March 2017
The bedrooms have dried out nicely but not much else has happened in the bedrooms. We still have some painting to do, radiators to put back up, plugs to install, curtains to take up and curtain poles to buy, but we have managed to find the flooring we like which we hope to collect next week, then the parquet can come up – yippee. The reason is, its been so lovely outside, we grabbed the chance to get the garden tidied, move plants, put in our potatoes and onions, pot up seeds and do some of that never ending job called weeding. There’s also been some down time, lovely walks, our French lesson and a lovely repas at Clussais-la-Pommeraie.
Do you remember me saying a few weeks ago that the children at Pouffonds school were going to choose the new name for their school. Well, the winner was École Camille Lemberton, name after the builder of the school.
Sunday, 5 March 2017
If you have workmen here you need to keep them sweet, so I knocked up a quick batch of honey and raisin cookies along with some choc chip ones topped with a walnut and no surprise, they didn’t last long. But why were the workmen here - to point our bedrooms. We’ve had the walls ready to point since last year, but as it’s a rainy day job for them and we haven’t had much rain, it wasn’t done until Saturday. Well worth the wait even though the house now smells like wet dogs. We now need to wait patiently for the walls to dry before we can sleep in our room again. Will post some pics again when they’ve dried off a bit.
|Bedroom 1 before.|
|The lime and sand mix going on.|
|George and Josh working on bedroom 2.|
|Bedroom 1 finished but very wet.|
|Another view of bedroom 1.|