• 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.

  • 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.

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