Archive | April, 2013

Lots achieved at The Peace Factory this week

27 Apr

We made a lot of progress this week and thanks to Jeremy McLaughlin (our friend from England) who came out to help.

The security light outside the factory front door now works! It was the bulb that needed replacing – not easy as it’s about 20 feet up the wall. The first set of extending ladders we used were made of wood and were deemed too wobbly for the task. Richard remembered seeing an aluminium pair in the basement of the old factory. We carted them up from there (no easy task) but they did the job!

We then purchased the wood required to build a work surface for the kitchen which Jeremy fitted.


Trish asked for the large mirror we’d brought from Kent to be fixed to the wall. No easier said than done! We were on a roll!

Next job was to set up the Bokashi food composting system. This digests cooked and raw food, producing a liquid as well composted waste for use on the garden. At the same Trish has cleared two more beds in the garden and is about to plant tomatoes, onions and carrots.

Now we are doing the ironing!


Sunday lunch in Sete

22 Apr

We went to Sete on Sunday, to show our friend Jeremy the Mediterranean. It was a nice day, warm and dry with a few clouds in the sky. We wandered past several restaurants on the quayside, inspecting the menus (as the French do) until we found one we liked.

We sat outside and ate a typical local dish of mussels and fish, followed by desert and coffee. Lovely grub! And nice company. We also chatted to the waiters of this family run business. They complimented us on our French and said they appreciated the English who spoke French. Until Ryanair started to deliver loads of Brits into this area, only Americans had visited and they never spoke French, we were told!

After lunch we promenaded along the sea front with our dog, Nettles. Trish purchased a light summer blouse to add to her collection.



Party to celebrate the completion of the greenhouse

19 Apr

Our greenhouse is now finished so we had a party in the greenhouse to celebrate!

We drank local red wine and nibbled on locally bought biscuits and organic crisps.

Here are the occupants of the Peace Factory enjoying themselves.


Our greenhouse is nearly finished!

5 Apr

We have had six people working on building our new greenhouse in all.

Today it was the turn of Rob & Jen from Kent.

And it’s nearly finished. Just eight panels to go and then the louvres.

Then Trish can grow her seedlings. She has spent £40 on organic seeds!


It rained ‘cats & dogs’ here today

4 Apr

Today it rained really hard all morning. Really heavy downpours. Normally the water is diverted around the Peace Factory and runs off in gullies down to the river.

Today it didn’t!

The water at the back of the factory runs in a concrete gutter formed in the wall about the level of the first floor. This is because the factory is built into a cliff. The gutter is not well sealed and water started to run down below, finding its way into the factory through a failed expansion joint.

Result – a flood!

Here is the team clearing up afterwards.


And here is Sylvain emerging from the cavity below the first floor after having drilled a hole to let the water escape.