Sunday, 20 May 2012

New occupants!

We are very pleased to announce that as of 20th May we seem have a new family which has taken up residence in the bird house. Look out for action pics in the next weeks!
As you can see this is a very 'des res' for any self respecting bird with an eye for a quality life! - photo taken 19th May 2012
The garden is coming to life thanks to the rain mixed with the occasional warm day. We have the first flowers on the Clematis and the roses are covered with buds so June should be colourful.

This is the first year we have had so many flowers on this one

I have installed the retractable sun blind onto the sun terrace at the botton of the cottage garden so all our guests can enjoy both full sun or shade - yes I am sure that big orange ball will reappear at some point and provide heat for days on end.

The new terrace complete with retractable sun blind is starting to look very comfortable and just the place for an evening glass of wine!


Preparations are in hand for our 'Diamond Jubilee English Afternoon tea' on June 3rd for our French neighbours and friends. We already have 27 replies and I am sure more will turn up or reply at the last minute (a French thing!) Our friend from Staffordshire is bringing some real good hand raised pork pies and Maureen will be cooking all sorts of cakes and scones. We have the bunting and flags all prepared so it should be a great if not bizarre day seeing the French enjoy and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in style.

Last week I was asked to be one of the four bearers at a hamlet funeral. It is a tradition that men from the hamlet carry the coffin on its final journey and I was greatly honoured to be asked to perform this task. As is still the case here in central France the family unit is very important and close consequently the funeral of this well respected old lady was well attended. It appears that after nearly 40 years I must be accepted in the community!


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