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We have had a lovely summer

4 Sep
The swimming pool at Montolieu

The swimming pool at Montolieu

Well the summers is nearly over but we have had a lovely time over here. The weather was very good this year, although May was a bit rainy. However June and July were splendid – hot, long sunny days with temperatures averaging 30°C. Then it dropped a tad in August, making life that much more bearable. We have been wearing shorts and tee shirts all summer!

The local open-air swimming pool has been much in demand. It’s only open in July and August but when things got too hot, we took to having meetings in the middle of the pool!

The chickens got a new home
The new hen house

The new hen house

Finally we decided that the chicken house built by volunteers two years ago was not fit for purpose. It leaked and was beginning to fall apart, and rats and mice were trying to muscle in as well! So we went on-line and found a French company that supplied wooden, ecological chicken houses that were delivered flat for us to assemble. Here is the result!

They appear to be quite happy with the new arrangement, although for a few days they tried to return to the old one at the end of the day. That stopped when we demolished the old one! It must be working as we started to collect three eggs a day again.

Nettles
Nettles and yet another bone

Nettles and yet another bone

For Nettles it’s been a lovely time. She has had literally hundreds of people to play with her. She’s been out for long walks and runs. Here she is enjoying a bone.

As we are about to travel back to the UK for a holiday, she has an appointment with the vet who will give her a health check, an injection against worms and he will sign her off as fit to travel. This jas to be done between five days and24 hours before the channel crossing. This year we have decided to go on the overnight ferry from Caen/Ouistreham to Portsmouth thus avoiding any possible delays at Calais due to the refugee crisis unfolding there.

New volunteer website

We have produced a new website for people interested in volunteering here. Please do have a look.

IKEA

12 Feb

Today we went to Toulouse to take Louise to the airport. She’s flying to Thailand to visit her son for a month.

As we were there, we decided to go to IKEA and seek ideas for our new kitchen. In the event, we decided not to buy new and this week we are going to visit the sales rooms in Carcassonne, to see if there any old kitchen dressers, cupboards and tables for sale. The new stuff just looked, err, too new!

But we didn’t come away empty handed, which is, after all, the objective of IKEA’s forced route march around their store! We found some lights for the study area, some throws for the settees, an indoor drying rack, and a few other bits and bobs. We also took away leaflets on book racks and cupboards, having learnt from previous experience to never buy from IKEA on impulse! Now at least we have some measurements and we can now work out whether they will fit before we buy!

Toulouse old town is a delight. Narrow, cobbled streets with very tight parking spaces. Bikes have priority and cyclists come at you from all directions.

And Toulouse airport is also a delight. It’s big enough to cope and small enough to care. Although it’s a major hub in south west France, it never seems that busy.