28.7.19 – 23.9.19
It’s nearly two months since I wrote my last post. I write this one with a heavy heart. My lovely furry companion, Colin, has disappeared. I last saw him on August 6th, he hasn’t been home since. Despite doing everything humanly possible to find him, I have drawn a blank. I am devastated and heartbroken. In all my time of owning cats, I have never had one that just disappeared. It’s emotionally draining.Friends tell me of cats they know of that have come home after weeks away, so I have to keep a little hope, but it’s difficult.
Louise has been to stay for almost a month. She begins her travels in Europe, starting in France (where else?) …. I receive updates from Belgium, Holland, Poland, Germany and soon to be Italy.
The Summer has been busy, as always, but quieter now. I have once again met lovely people and shared a few glasses of wine with them. Some have helped me with jobs, bought me flowers and plants and even helped me search for Colin. Interestingly, one guest lived in the top floor apartment as a child. His father was the gardener here. I found out that the house was actually a holiday/weekend home for the family in Paris! Amazing.
Work has begun on extending the terrace with decking. Nothing grows under the magnolia tree, so I might as well make use of the shade. The heatwave (44+ degrees) was unbearable, and it would have been ideal to sit in the shade. So next time I will be prepared!
Owen revisited too. He came for a mini break and also to collect information to create a website for a friend. All went too quickly! Now he’s working – a REAL job!
- managed to get to 3 marche de producteurs this year and take friends who had not been to such an event before. Thoroughly enjoyed
- got to see The Honky Tonk Men band (who played at my party) they were playing in Treignac at the marche
- bought a delightful old stove which I am going to use as a brazier on my revamped pagoda
- new washing machine to replace old one that broke down. New flooring in utility ripped by the men who installed it. Still waiting to hear what they’re going to do about it.
- ongoing visits to physio for back (now diagnosed with osteoarthritis and scoliosis – not critical, but uncomfortable at times)
- made a ton of damson jam; pickled beetroot and have sloe gin in the pipeline
A few old pictures of the house and garden: