New bushes planted, despite the stones

New bushes planted, despite the stones

We brought over to our Gite four laurel bushes in tubs, intending to plant them along the fence by the patio. Then at a French car boot sale we bought two spirea shrubs, making six to plant in total. Toby decided that this was something that he wanted to do, so on Sunday he started digging the first hole. The hole digging continued on Monday, then Tuesday, Wednesday and finally finished today, Thursday! Unfortunately Toby hadn’t reckoned on the incredibly stony ground we have in Brittany and so each hole…

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All pumped up, ready to go

All pumped up, ready to go

In May 2012 Geoff and I fitted a sand filter and high powered pump onto the swimming pool at the Gite, and it’s made a big difference, the pool has really been sparkling clean and it’s been a lot better for our guests. Unfortunately in the middle of the season this year the pump died, not a simple fuse blown, looked like the motor had burnt out. Geoff fitted one of the little pumps and I promised to get a replacement sent over to France. Luckily I found what appeared…

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All oiled up for next season

All oiled up for next season

Today’s task was oiling up. Or to be more precise, oiling the hardwood outdoor furniture at the Gite. With a large table on the patio, 6 chairs and 4 sun loungers, on the top, bottom and sides of each, that’s an awful lot of wood to cover. Fortunately I have a large masonry type paintbrush and had bought several bottles of teak oil from England, so it didn’t really take too long to do; and it was really lovely and warm in Brittany today so it was enjoyable work. After…

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Hard at work already

Hard at work already

After a few hours sleep catching up after the drive to the Gite, we were up and about, starting work on a few jobs. Toby decided that he wanted to prune the bushes and shrubs in the garden – which was an excuse to use his survival knife for the cutting I thought! I started putting up guttering around the wood store to stop the rain causing moss on the walls. Unfortunately I ran out of the guttering so will have to bring some more from the UK next time…

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Dodging the French wildlife

Dodging the French wildlife

Toby and I are over at our Brittany Gite for the half term holiday week. We took the 9.10pm Friday evening MyFerryLink crossing from Dover to Calais for a very reasonable £70 return. Of course the M25 was as lovely as usual, an hour’s queue for the Dartford crossing, but I’d allowed enough time and we were able to call at a Dover chip shop before we checked in, and drove straight onto the boat with no queuing on the quayside. Hurrah ! Got my head down to sleep on…

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