• The new drain is almost closed up. Funny thing is.. they don’t call them French drains in France.😆

  • Mud mud glorious mud.

  • We have a spring by the pool that needs to be redirected. We hired a Minipell digger to cut the trench…. It is a super muddy task. The plan is to dry out the area, then extend the terrace by building a little retaining wall (75cm tall), and then backfilling.

  • First use of the gite courtyard since we installed lights and grew grass.

  • Sunday lunch at the village hall with all the other Seaillers.

    My husband pointed out that you know that you are a permaculturist, when you fund your self discussing with your neighbors over lunch, the best local farms to obtain poo from to make better compost.

  • Burning out tree stumps is hard work. 2 down 15 or so to go.🙈

  • One giant old fallen umbrella pine reduced to compost and firewood…. Although I might try to make something else with the huge rounds from the base. Maybe stepping ‘stones’.

  • We found this old metal table frame and matching chairs on the side of the road in Toulouse. Don just finished building it a new top, from old oak barrel staves. Here it is in all it’s refurbished glory

  • The veggie garden is coming along nicely.

  • The sanglier are snuffling for roots and tubers. Ponyo, the allusive giant carp made an appearance. Griffin is thoroughly enjoying the hay raking, And the grass in the west meadow, is taller than the tractor.😆

  • We finally got our tractor back from the Motoculture people. They were super slow doing the maintenance check (4.5 week), so the grass is ridiculously long and difficult to cut now. I mowed till dark, got about 1/3 rd done. But it will all need to be done twice to get it smooth.

  • Hedge strimming

  • Cleaning up downed trees

  • A new light for the library

  • We lost 5 more trees in last week’s storm 🥹

  • The first of this years new veggie starts are going in. So far: tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, red currants, broad bean and zucchini. And last years kale is just going to seed.

  • We put up the outdoor lights in the Gite courtyard. A year of planning, three days of after work work, and hey presto. Pretty!

  • And in the kitchen.

  • Feather duster at the ready.

  • The new chandeliers are finally going in!! Yay!!✨👍✨❤️

  • My new willow walk is starting to bud!!

  • Strangely beautiful deteriorated old plaster and in the workshop/ garage.

  • The mowing begins. 😆

  • Our garden is full of early spring wildflowers.

  • Racing to be finished before the storm, and before the very ripe nests hatched: We removed and burned 60 processionary caterpillar nests from the pine trees. It was quite the race, but I think we got most if not all. 🤞 They are such destructive, dangerous little beasts.

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