The biggest headache is always the pool. Will it be swamp-like and filled with algae? Will some creature have fallen in? Will the pump and filter still work? The problems that could befall it are endless after an absence of nine months. Taking off its over-wintering cover is always stressful.
Luckily all went well. The water is still a bit opaque, but that will go in time. The temperature is now around 24 C, and as you can probably see by the photo, I had just exited after a very refreshing swim.
Our other major headache was the long grass everywhere; it was extremely depressing compared to how it was left last October. Still, after a week's work, and some help from our good neighbour Claude, it is now cut short; even if it is a horrible beige colour.
We've had some serious rain, so the colour will be back in its cheeks again before too long.
We're getting there!
Aside from the lawn looking a little brown, it all looks so lovely.ReplyDelete
Yes, we can relax a bit now. The main tasks are done, and we can begin to enjoy ourselves.Delete
It looks really good.ReplyDelete
The lawn could do with some improvement, but it's 'greening-up' already.Delete
It didn't take long to get it ship shape and ready for partying.ReplyDelete
Wills, Kellogg, and the boys should have been here yesterday, but no sign of them as yet. Party on hold!Delete
We've just heard they've gone to Australia instead. Never a dull moment.Delete
That's sad. You would have been looking forward to fun and games with the boys.Delete
Is Billy happy to be back as well? He will be so glad to see all the family together.ReplyDelete
He's loving it, even though he's already met some of the dog-haters that we have here now. He hasn't forgotten who they are!Delete
Home, sweet home.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful place you have there.ReplyDelete
Yes, it's very nice. I just wish we could be here all the time, like it was before Brexit.Delete
Very windy here this morning but not cold. (I am surprised at your reply to Yael as you seemed to be enjoying Brighton so much).ReplyDelete
We would rather be in one place these days; either in Brighton or here. Moving house twice a year isn't ideal.Delete
I think judging by the joy you have been experiencing and sharing with us in Brighton you should make that your home then.Delete
We're talking about it.Delete
You seem to have neglected to run the union jack up your flagpole to remind all those garlicky Gitanes Frenchies that the roast beef eaters are back!ReplyDelete
The flags-n-bunting are indoors, we've been singing 'Rule Britannia' since Friday.Delete
It looks absolutely lovely. I'm looking forward to some pictures of the inside, (when you have time.) I have a strong urge to peek through your front door.ReplyDelete
I'll put a few up soon.Delete
You know, looking at the gorgeous pictures of your neighbor's property led me to wonder how long you have had your own property and what improvements you have done to bring it to its present glory. Do you have before and after pictures?ReplyDelete
In 1972 I bought a big farmhouse complete with lots of huge stone buildings. I bought our present home about 8 years later; it was a one room ruin with nothing. We've spent ever since doing things to it. I think we'll stop now!Delete
Oh dear. You do not ever want to say THAT out loud. It's an invitation for all manner of things to fall apart.Delete
The pool is looking good and you must have enjoyed the swim. 9 months away (empty) certainly changes the state of the property but with your diligence it is being nicely restored. With the new limited 3 months in France requirement, I'd be tempted to make the property a family compound and family members/relatives/close friends could rotate through while abiding with the 3 month rule. It is a glorious property that should be enjoyed 12 months.ReplyDelete
That's a good idea, but sadly we don't have too much family in Europe.Delete
The land does look very dry but your trees are flourishing. We are watering our trees and garden now but we are waiting for the first water bill to see if we'll continue. Water prices have gone up considerably.ReplyDelete
The pool looks so inviting. We have very high temperatures this weekend. I could do with a dip in that beautiful blue water.
We've had a few days of violent storms, with quite a lot of rain. In fact the pool is about an inch deeper than it should be.Delete
Yesterday's photo of cherries had me drooling. I love poking around in old farm houses. The history and way of life intrigues me. Your beautiful French countryside would be a haven for a week's vacation; however, I much prefer the energy of the city/suburbs for day-to-day living. No frogs under the pool tarp this year?ReplyDelete
No but I did find a Toad in the skimmer a few days later. I sent him on his way.Delete
Lucky you. The temperature is 14outside.ReplyDelete
14 C is OK. Anything over 12 C and I'm in shorts.Delete
It's 14C here in Adelaide today and raining, we are all wearing many layers to keep warm. Your place is looking really lovely. I have always liked old stone houses.ReplyDelete