Have been unable to Post on the good morning thread so thought I would try starting a new one. Hopefully this will work.
seems this has worked so off we go again!
another cold start in Normandy. Seems that winter has arrived.
jobs today include planting a gooseberry bush I was given. I very much hope it will take as I have not had gooseberries for years and love them. It will go in my bee friendly flower patch at the back. I also have a thornless blackberry to go in. I want to put this along the back fence but need to clear the existing brambles that are growing on the other side in the field. Jobs here are never straightforward and always involve doing something else.
The big news is we are finally renovating our house. I have waited patiently for ten years and at last it is happening. We are working on the dining room and lounge separating a large room. We have taken down the ceiling panels to reveal the beams ( and loads of dust, dead mice etc). It is very much the messy stage just now!
Finished my latest crochet blanket last night and think I need to start another. It is what I do in the evenings. I have my regular crochet along in January but think I can get another in before.
the sun is up so off to let out the chickens, ducks and geese.
a cold and foggy start, the chickens were reluctant to come out. Once the food was in the containers they decided to start their day. The main door of the chicken run opens into my slowly turning into flower garden. So we created a wire tunnel to take them through to the middle garden which is my fledgling orchard. They have worked it out very easily. Occasionally someone escapes into my garden so I have to check often. I have three male Muscovy ducks I acquired who choose to live with the chickens. I call them the grumpy ducks as they always seem cross. They sometimes come out into the orchard but do not find the tunnel so easy to use. They never go up to the pond! I have a problem with the ducks now as they are nearly all males. The females went off to nest and never came back...Fox no doubt. I keep an eye out for ducks but most of the ones at markets are Muscovy which are grumpy! My favourite are Rouen ducks, like big Mallards. They are happy ducks.
Today we will hopefully start plaster boarding the lounge. I still have holes in the ceiling but that will not be sorted for a while! The wiring is in place to move the TV which will be good.
I am starting a new project...I have had a greenhouse frame in place for years. I am going to finally glaze it using plastic bottles. My youngest daughter gets through lots of the two litre bottles and will save them for me. I have yet to work out how I will create the walls but think glue will be involved. It has to be something I can do alone. I will give updates as to how it is going.
plan to progress my latest jumper today too.
good to find someone else on here. Guess it will take a while to get all the regulars back!
grey, wet and cold here. Hibernation weather.
Wood burner blazing and knitting to do to while away the afternoon.
Hi Simon, how are you doing?
Every time I use garlic, I think of your smoked garlic - do you still do it?
I'm attempting the challenge of creating a fabric postcard ... not as easy as I had expected!!
Have a good day everyone..
cold, grey and wet here! Chickens are reluctant to come out. Hope they will still lay some eggs!
Up early to go online and buy the latest crochet blanket kit. This is for the Attic24 crochet along which starts early January! It is called sweetpea and is a striped blanket in the colours of the flowers! It will be gorgeous! My blanket stash is growing nicely!
Then went to pick up the shopping. For some time now I have been using click and collect which saves me the trauma of traipsing around a supermarket. It was fun setting it up with the website all in French but I am getting used to these things. You give back the bags from the previous week as they are reused and you have to say how many you are giving back. The system is easy just requiring you to scan your loyalty card when you stop in a bay. The machine tells you who will bring out your shopping but the French are strange and never react to my cheery bonjour Martigne, or Antoine or whoever. What is the point of giving me their name if I am not meant to say hello!? Most think of me as that crazy English lady!
Also bought some bits at the DIY shop to continue creating the dining room. Slowly we are getting there. Should get more done this afternoon.
Thank you TA, I hope so too. I'm tired but happy today and feeling quietly positive. A day of planning is on the cards, I think (as I haven't the energy for anything else! ), working out a low spend January, what we're going to grow next year in the way of veggies, and some possible changes to both the front and back gardens, in order to make life easier for us as we get older and more feeble!
We had a lovely evening with friends, they cooked us a nice dinner and we saw the new year in from their garden, watching lots of fireworks going off in the village.
Here's to a positive, happy and healthy new year for everyone.
learning to love veg…..except celery :-O
So, another year begins and who knows what will be thrown at me! Hope it will be good for all.
guests in the Gite after another couple last week. Barring any last minute booking we should be free until March! Rouge is closed for maintenance.
P is currently working on the electrics for the lounge, dining room and study. These are the only rooms still on the old fuse box. He is sorting out the lighting circuit just now. Things are done differently here, no ring main!
Yesterday evening we went to a firework display in a nearby town, Domfront. They were laid out in the grounds of the castle remains and we all stood outside the town hall to watch. Amazingly it started on time at 7pm! No one pushed and we had plenty of room and a good view! There were 5 Gendarmes keeping an eye on things. The show was great and noisy and lasted 30 mins. Then many went into the town hall for a dinner dance whilst the rest of us walked back to our cars. Home by 8pm for a quiet evening! No charge for parking or the display!
Lists being made for what we want to achieve this year but nothing is in stone.
Getting on well with current blanket but do not think it will be finished in time to start the crochet along on Friday. Might be late starting that. This blanket is much bigger so is taking longer. I am on stripe 52 of 84!
Dull and cold here and not very inspiring!
been out for shopping. The click and collect bays were full but cleared quickly. I love this way of shopping.
Also popped into Action for a few bits and bought a tall thin laundry basket for wool storage. Only €7!
Am very much hoping to move the TV today so the sofa can go the garden end of the lounge. This is good psychologically as it is a definite difference. The wiring is all out of sight. Lots of mind games go on when you are renovating. I will enjoy watching the chickens, ducks and geese!
More blanket making today as I try to get it finished by Friday!
Still no code for my new bank card but will leave it another week before phoning again.
Our world is slowly getting back to normal after the festive madness. Weather is wrong with trees budding!
Biggest plan for me is to complete the greenhouse ready to start growing this years veg. I have the concrete base and a metal frame but no glass. I will use plastic bottles to fill in the gaps. I have everyone saving up water bottles for me! They all think I am mad but that is nothing new!
Afternoon, lovely and sunny here today, not very cold but forecast to get much colder from tomorrow. Not that I mind, will suit me just fine.
What a great idea to put your sofa where you can see the garden, Aly. At least work is progressing, albeit slowly. You're not having much luck with your bank stuff though, are you?!
I see Lucy is going to post pictures of the 2 blanket colour schemes, which will be good. Not that I'm doing the CAL, as you know, I've already started my blanket using her sweetpea pack but my own stitch pattern. I'm adding a few more coordinating colours I already have in my stash, colours which go well with our bedroom, which is where the blanket is for....I'm also doing it a sort of in-between size, aiming for a 5ft square.
I've developed a cold sore on my lip - husband gets them sometimes, but I've only ever had one once before, several years ago. Quite a few stressful things going on at the mo, and I'm not sleeping well at all, I guess that's why the cold sore has appeared. Hadn't realised quite how painful they are.
learning to love veg…..except celery :-O
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