• 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.

  • Such a beautiful place, even in winter.

  • Carnival in San Sebastián this weekend. It is a combination of Halloween, Bay to Breakers and traditional Spanish culture. It is fabulous!

  • Mushroom soup.

  • Bit by bit.

  • Work in progress: The friezes continued - so far you have seen the plaster work applied, and the primer coat. Now I’ve put on the ‘aged paper’ undercoat and begun the gold paint.

  • Prepping and priming the little downstairs toilet for a new coat of paint. It’s just a tiny room 1m x 3m, but it has four meter high ceilings and a little medieval door. It taking some serious gymnastics to get the 3m ladder in there, and some deep breathing to calm my nerves at its top.

  • A brand new wood pile. We managed to use up the store of aged wood in the woodshed and had to buy some more. Next year we will have our own, but for now we are cranking through 4 steres of beautifully dry oak.

  • It’s been ages since I made my seed bread! Such a winter favorite!

  • Another burn…

  • The chandelier for the front hall, is coming together beautifully.

  • Happy New Year from all the Shefer’s and Sterns. We are so grateful for our first full year here! Love, peace and blessings to all.

  • Our shipment of light fittings finally arrived today. It took 2 years of design, manufacturing and shipping, but we now have a front hall full of crates! As we unpack and build them we will keep you posted.

  • Two down, thirty-five to go. 😆 This might take a while.

  • I’m creating a floral frieze around the top of the front hall. It’s based on the decorative design on the front of the Vienna succession building. An art nouveau masterpiece, that I have long admired. This is just the first step. Later it will be bigger of course, painted and gilded.

  • We planted, what will eventually become a willow tunnel. It’s in the soggiest corner of the garden, below the big pond. In this area a fresh hole will fill completely with water in minutes. Hopefully the willows will dry the ground a little.

  • A trip to Mimizan Plage.

  • Morning mists.

  • A pretty evening sky.

  • Flu season is upon us, so I’m making chicken soup and warm fires.

  • A little more ice.

  • First frost of the season. ✨ Just a little, but it is supposed to get colder over the next few days.

  • So proud of our new pantry shelves!

  • Putting up new pantry shelves! So needed!

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