We’ve been back here in Caunes for 2 weeks. I can’t believe it has only been 2 weeks. Obviouslly, we knew we would be busy getting the house straight(ish) after it had been locked up for 6 months…but although the days have flown by because we have been so busy, it also feels as if we have never been away.
Mark has played golf a few times…even won one match, I’ve managed to visit 3 vide greniers…2 more planned for this Sunday, I’ve been on what turned out to be a 15k walk with a great group of women ( there was one man…but he was ok ! ), been to a book launch and signing, eaten in a few of our favourite restaurants, cleaned the pool and planted the vegetables.
|Other vide grenier purchases include an excellent doll's pram for Izzie and Clark to play with when they visit|
|We only got a little bit lost on the walk at La Clape|
|Some of the walk was quite steep|
|The house and garden in Pieusse where the book launch took place.... a fantastic B&B called Maison Laurent|
We also went to the races ( previous blog), supervised the debroussaillage of the land behind our house, went in search of the perfect poppy field, managed to get our French TV working, sorted out a leak in the washing machine, and with the help of a friend managed to replace a burnt out element in the oven that would normally have had Mark and I rushing to the nearest white goods store to buy a new oven.
|The debroussaillage has taken away the jungle that existed behind our house and left us with a fire risk safe zone....and provided a great area for kids to have adventures.|
I’ve been missing Jess quite a bit, as she is on her final teaching practice at the moment, has final essays to submit and is applying for her first teaching job all at the same time. I’d like to be a bit nearer home to offer support…..but she seems to be coping well. In fact she organised getting her broken down car fixed….all by herself….well, with the help of a very nice AA man. It was also her birthday this week, and I do seem to be making a habit of being out of the country for her birthday. ( We did speak on the phone 4 times though, so perhaps I’m forgiven ).
Its also been great to skype all the kids and the grandchildren. Matthew and Sarah are mainly responsible for the launch of a new Junior Parkrun which starts this week in Huddersfield, so they are very excited about that.
|skyping Izzie !|
Anyway….the sun is shining, I’m experimenting with some interesting recipes for dinner tonight…all using fruit conserves in some way, the house is more or less dust free for now, and blogger seems to be working well…what more could I want ?
Maybe I'll have a sneaky little glass of red with my lunch when I've posted this.