Monday, May 8, 2017

Problem sorted!

Another job completed in the main house a couple of weeks ago! Flaking paint and a small crack on the wall at the side of the main stairs from the hallway meant a little bit of investigation was needed to find out the cause. On knocking away the loose plaster it revealed one of the original stone support with a more modern wall that hadn't been joined together properly so problem easily resolved with a binding tape and an appropriate filling.
All finished and ready for our German guests who arrived for their annual golfing break last Saturday and who have probably not even noticed the difference!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

One to look out for!

A couple from Barcelona recently stayed with us and on their arrival very kindly gifted us with this bottle of their favourite local spanish wine, a 2012 Crianza from the Protos vineyard and on tasting it we could see why! A beautiful full bodied red wine which according to the internet is available in the UK, USA and other countries, so if you do find any I'd certainly recommend you trying it!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New resident in Peyzac!

Spotted on a walk a couple of weeks ago, this very young donkey was quite inquisitive as to what we were doing standing and staring at him/her! This was as far as it went away from its mother and thinking about it, I don't think either Philippa or I have ever seen a baby donkey before, except for on Christmas Cards!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Walnut Store freshen-up!

Whilst re decorating the lounge & kitchen of the Walnut Store gite, I took down the lounge oil painting and was interested in the notices that were stuck to the back of the picture. A lovely old Boots label when they actually had an in store picture framing department (from 1894 to 1963) as well as another label telling the purchaser to wear gloves to handle the gilt frame, too late for me but did have a look to see if any of the gold had rubbed off....which it hadn't!
Re-decorating now complete and ready for another full season of visitors!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A good day for.....geese, or was it?

Well, maybe not such a good day for geese, or even humans. Last weekend was the annual goose fair in Sarlat so as we've already missed all the previous events it was decided that whatever the weather we really should go and see what goes on.Unfortunately, as the picture below taken at 11.30am shows, it was all a bit of a wash out! There was a band playing (under the right hand marquee), stalls with everything made that can be made from a goose and even very interesting demonstrations of where all the bits are to be found for the production of all the different delicacies.
After a good look around the fair and the wonderful deserted back streets of the old town (below) it was off to our favourite cafe/cake shop for a warming coffee & chocolatine plus the purchase of 2 mini caramel & walnut tarts for later!
The good news for humans was that by early afternoon the weather had much improved for the event, but for the geese, the day didn't get any better!

Monday, February 20, 2017

2016 - it was a great year!

A customary look at last years visitor numbers shows where our guests all travelled from to spend time with us here in our little corner of the South West of France.

Visitors to Les Granges (by their country of residence) were:-
                 2011     2012    2013   2014   2015   2016
Australia      27       35        11       23       10      39
Belgium        -          1         2         2         -       -
Canada        8          2         10       19        9        4
Catalonia     -          -          -           2         -       -
Denmark      -          2         -           -         -        2
England       87      133       116      95      112     119
France         38       19        20        52       16      83
Germany      25       21        11        7        12      13
Greece          -          2        -           -         -        -
Ireland         3          4         6          2        4        2
Israel            -         -          -          -         5       18
Italy              -         -          -          2         -       -
Malta            -         -          -         10        -       -
Netherlands  12        1          9          4        -       17
New Zealand 6         5          2          -        3       -
Northern Ireland       -          -          -         4        -
Norway         -         -         -           -         1        -
Philippines     -         5         -          -         -        -
Poland          6          -        -           -         -         -
Portugal        -          3        -           -         -        -
Scotland       4          7        5         14       14       9
South Africa  -         -         -           -         12       -
Spain            -          -         -           7         -        -
Sweden        -           -        5           -          -        1
Swiss            -          1        -           1         -        3
U.A.Emirates -          -        -           -         4        2
U.S.A.         43       25      21        53        24       22
Wales           2          4        2          2         -        4

A total of 338 guests came and stayed with us in 98 groups, in 2016 no new countries were added to the list.

We're looking forward to another busy year and to welcoming new & returning guests from all parts of the world.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Short(er) top & sides!

A break in the weather today meant that our lovely lime tree at the front of the property could get a good thinning out and trim, the first its had since our 2nd year of residence 5 years ago. Amazing to watch as the tree surgeon (above) climbed up and walked on the branches from the very top down. The picture below gives a much better idea of the size and height that the work was undertaken, not a job I'd even think of trying!