Monday, July 27, 2015


We had lunch with Dave and Annie and ate way too much.
Unfortunately I accidentally deleted the photos.

In the morning John and I did some work on the bread oven while the kids played.  It's nice to have another pair of hands.

All boarded and the window well defined.


Coming on nicely. I'm looking forward to extending the stone pillars.

In the afternoon we drove to Lizio and met some of the residents. Again, I accidentally deleted some of the photos.

Flinns senior arrive tomorrow with John and Anne (formerly Wright). It'll be good to see them again.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Relaxing day

Today we cut the grass, worked on the bread oven, played games, spent some time in Yvon's woods, put the tent up, watched the Tour de France and generally chilled.
My camera was dead so these are from my iPad.

Do you think she's pleased?

It's a whopper!
It turned into a flying fish when she threw it back in.

Harriet ate most of the bread meant for the fish.

Quite a pleasant day really.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Well, would you believe it?

Some time ago we heard of a local couple who played excellent music, but we always managed to miss their concerts. At the Fete de StYves this week we caught up with them, and they were really, really good. The strange thing was that Anne just happened to be the very same person we had met and made friends with some time ago and had no idea that she formed half of the group we had always missed.
What was even stranger was that they had no idea I was a painter and were very surprised to see me as I exhibited at the same venue.

Anne, with her husband Colin. They played in front of a packed Chapel St Yves.

I could have listened to them forever, but had to keep leaving to speak to people at my exhibition which was in the next building.
By the Chapel door stands a 1000 year old yew tree. They measured it's girth as part of the proceedings, but the tape measure wasn't long enough.

John, Steffan and Danny fitting two purlins today.

Yesterday (and today), Bev helped me finish all the rafters.

Hollie showing me her skipping skills.

Board games with their new friends.

Raiding the veg patch.

Hopefully, I'll be able to catch up with what's been happening the last few weeks. I'm finding it difficult to keep up to date.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Back home

Back from the UK and we hit the ground running. Monday was a nightmare journey because of the Farmer's strike which blocked so many roads. We set off at 4:30 am and arrived here after 9:00pm. Tuesday was unpacking and preparing for an exhibition in StYves. We had a great time (photos to follow).

The timber arrived!!

We're about to set off for Quiberon now and this morning John and I managed to cut and position the floor. What a difference a second pair of hands make at that height.

We should easily have the roof and frontage prepared for next Tuesday when David and Eileen come.

The plan is to work with John for a couple of hours and paint for a few hours before going to the beach with the grandkids.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Off to the UK tomorrow.

David & Wendy Cuthbert dropped by to see us on Saturday and left this morning around 11am. It was lovely to see them even though they wiped the floor with us at boules.

One life, live it... can't argue with that.

Managed to do a little more but not much.

I forgot to take a photo of the front where there is a little more progress.

The man didn't come with the timber on Friday as agreed.  He didn't come Saturday...or today.

I drove round to confront him and he sheepishly promised a delivery on the 21st...the day after we come back from the UK.

If this is typical of how the French do business, then I fear for their future. 

Ended the evening with a nice meal at Dave and Annie's followed by a game of 10's.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Le Tour

We had a walk up through the crowds after church to try and glimpse Chris Froome and Team Sky.

Fantastic atmosphere with thousands of spectators.

He looks familiar...

David and Bev totally engrossed.

The winners of the stage by a fraction of a second.

A miracle that I managed to catch Chris. It's out of focus but I'm still pleased.

Still with the yellow jersey.

Wendy opted to watch the Wimbledon  final...which was still on when we returned.

Friday, July 10, 2015


He is two hours early unlike the timber man who is two weeks late.

He isn't really that short :)

Removing the cracked windscreen using a fine wire contraption.

In with the new.

All done and dusted in an hour and a new pair of wipers included.

Incredible service.

We can't drive for an hour and we can't wash the windscreen for at least a day.

I guess that's a cue for Wimbledon :)

Free food.

No timber means no work on the roof, but we've had fun elsewhere.While I sort the photos, here are a couple of our harvest.

If we don't, the birds will.

This is the second batch this week.

Any potatoes ready?

We'll leave the rest to grow a little.

We also had rhubarb, goosberries, spring onions, radish, peas and strawberries.

There isn't anything more satisfying than growing your own or taking advantage of what's naturally there on bushes or trees.