8.4.19 – 27.4.18
Such a busy time. Visitors and visitors: family, friends and guests. Plus, generally speaking, great weather! What more could you wish for?
Louise came to stay for a week. As one of our walk challenges, we spent an afternoon walking through the forest in a nearby village, Cheissoux. (At one point we tramped through a part of the forest that was being felled. I don’t think we should have been there, but the route map seemed to take us through that part; fortunately it was a day off and no-one was working). We also investigated a shopping precinct in Limoges and had lovely coffee and cake, pear gateaux, one morning at a cafe/restaurant at Domps. Thanks to a concerted effort from my two helpers, we managed to make a start on the garden. (This is the major project for 2018). Louise and I raked and cleared up leaves and Owen figured out the new lawn mower and gave the grass a first cut. My garden will never be a work of art, but I just need it to be tidy and presentable.
It was Louise’s birthday on the day day she went back, it’s horrible enough taking her back to the airport, but it was a 100 times worse on her birthday. I barely had time to turn around before I was heading back to the airport two days later to pick up my friend. Dave. We visited Oradour-sur-Glane; this visit had been on my to do list for a while, and as it is very near to the airport, now seemed a good time. It’s a village where time has stood still since it was razed to the ground by the Nazi Germans in 1944. All the inhabitants were murdered, the men and boys in a barn and the women and children in the church. One woman survived and a couple of men escaped. It was a very sobering place, a place where you should visit, but probably only once. I found it very difficult in places.
Back to more mundane things: bedroom wallpapering finished! What a marathon! Generally speaking, it wasn’t too difficult, apart from the bit of the wall where the cupboard had been taken out and the edge rebuilt. It wasn’t straight. I think I took the piece of paper on and off about eight times (maybe more). There are a few splashes of paint to get off the floor and curtains to organise, but then that’s it! Only taken 18 months. The small, glass bathroom shelves are re-cycled from the old bathroom cabinet that was originally there. I thought they were quite sweet, so I kept them and bought some little brackets off ebay.
Meanwhile, back in the garage … the ride on mower with a flat battery was causing problems!! Just to re-cap – I bought a ride-on ‘mowcart’ when I moved here, thinking it would be great for me to cut the grass with. Unfortunately, it wasn’t suitable for the job, as the slope of the garden made it unsafe to use. At one point I thought it might be usable if the garden was leveled, but that isn’t going to happen now. So, four years on, and only used twice, I have decided to sell it and put the money towards re-doing my garden. BUT the machine has a flat battery. It took two of us ages to even find the battery to charge, and not having a charger didn’t help! Anyway I have now borrowed a charger, it’s been on all night and fingers crossed it might work this morning. Watch this space.
More visitors (friends and family) coming in the next few weeks. Can’t wait!