Hello

12 Nov

Hello to all our friends across the world some of whom have helped us to maintain and improve the factory and all the gardens and buildings on site. With your help we have achieved so much but still have more work to do. It is a life long project for us. The list of tasks completed is too big to put into this newsletter.

We really enjoy meeting new people and old friends and have kept a photo album of many of the volunteers working here which I show to new volunteers so they can see what type of work they may be asked to help with.

Richard and I have now lived here for almost five years and have seen some changes in the weather. In the last two years we have had a drought and the river almost dried out next to our garden. However this has allowed us to remove a lot of bamboo and brambles from the riverside and to rebuild the small barrage in the river at the end of our garden. Unfortunately we have also lost a few trees from the surrounding hills and now as we are experiencing strong winds have to watch out for falling branches on the road and terraces.

Our road has been given a name by the Mairie at the request of the French post office. Our address is now 272 Chemin de la Tannerie.  We have also changed our websites and separated the NVC training from the volunteering and our new website is called volunteer-france.com. If you have any friends who would like to volunteer to help us please show them the new website.

We are looking for specialists to help us with pruning and tree cutting, woodworkers to help build windows and doors and roofers to help repair the roofs of the buildings. But we still have the garden to maintain and cleaning of the training centre and buildings.

This year’s project was to build a used water treatment plant using reeds and water plants. We are now in a position to recommence growing vegetables and are preparing the soil with home-made compost and compost collected from the road when we cleared the track. Over the winter we will be preparing the ground for planting vegetables and pruning all the trees and shrubs.

We are very pleased that a young couple are moving into the Peace Factory as permanent residents and they are interested in helping us to grow fruit and vegetables.

Look forward to hearing from you, Trish.

One Response to “Hello”

  1. Solihin Garrard 13 November 2017 at 00:09 #

    Good on you both. Great to see you sticking to the renovation job and more. The bureaucracy is so much different to UK – (maybe not any better, just different!) We still struggle with trying to get the builder who did a renovation job on ours (in the Yonne) and his insurance company to make repairs to major cracks that appeared pretty shortly after his completion of the work under the 10 year guarantee. They have continued to say “yes, we’ll do it in month x” but with month x, y and z passing by with still no result. Civis too has said it’s not for them to do it I think. Any suggestions would be welcome. Meanwhile, hoping you are getting battened down for the winter!!! Solihin & Sofiah

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