Saturday, March 3, 2018

Back to work!

Following a major water leak early in 2017, the first of the major winter projects has now been completed.
 After completely emptying the Walnut Store gite of all its contents the workmen arrived and quickly stripped all the damaged ceiling out, followed by inserting new insulation and sound proofing material.
 New plasterboard was then put up over the entire ceiling and filled ready for the final painting.
 All this work was completed in 3 days, which was about the same amount of time it took Philippa and I after to clean out the gite after the builders and to re-instate plus spring clean all the contents ready for our winter guests arrival. That's one tick on the list of 'to do's'!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Damp start to 2018!

We've been back in the UK for 3 weeks visiting family and friends over the festive period, returning to France last Friday. We'd heard that before our return there had been a lot of rain covering many parts of the country and it was no surprise that when we got back to Les Granges the River Vezere had reached the same height as 12 months ago. Half a week later it has dropped by at least 2 meters so everywhere is now drying off and all footpaths are now clear for our walks!
Picture below is as we left Portsmouth on the cross channel ferry last Thursday evening, we passed the brand new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the photograph below really doesn't give an idea of the size of it, an incredible size and sight, just hope they've managed to fix the leak that's been reported quite extensively recently!
We'd like to wish all our blog followers a very happy and prosperous 2018, we're looking forward to welcoming all new and returning guests in the coming months.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Last days of Autumn

 A couple of views from last weeks exercise, the above, taken on a 25 kilometre bike ride from the road that runs behind Le Roque St Christophe looking up the Vezere Valley toward Montignac before you descend into Sergeac then Thonac, all but the fir trees have now turned to beautiful golden brown leaves which look amazing in the sun.
Below, another more familiar view of Les Granges after a walk 'around the block', always a pleasure at this time of year!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Follow the leader time!

What now appears to be an annual post from me is the usual sign that it is time to put away the shorts and t-shirts and get out the winter wear, the Cranes are now on the way southwards to a warmer part of the world!
We've been busy preparing for winter, everything has been put away that can be, but the gites are all ready for guests who are booked in with us in a couple of weeks. 
One thing we do get at this time of year as well as the frosty mornings, are stunning sunsets, the above taken a couple of evenings ago.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Foie Gras effect!

5 months after Le Tour shot through the streets of Montignac and eventually past us, there are still many signs of the event on display in the shops of the town. The above I spotted a few weeks ago which made me laugh, I never knew that one of the main delicacies produced in this area of France had other medicinal uses!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Return to the Algarve!

You may have noticed a lack of posts recently, that's because at the end of the first week of October we had booked a couple of weeks away, returning to the same destination as last year in Carvoeiro in the Algarve, Portugal. This year rather than driving down we took the speedier option of flying from Toulouse to Faro, a 1.5 hour flight rather than a 15 hour drive made an obvious massive difference. 
2 weeks of fantastic weather, coastal walks, great food, drink and visiting different places helped us unwind and relax.
We have now returned to Les Granges, in fact an hour after we'd got home a couple arrived for one of the gites so it was straight back into work again! 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Birds eye view!

Ever wondered what Le Manoir des Granges looks like to one of the buzzards or black kites that circle over head, well this is exactly the view as captured by a neighbour whilst being given a tour of the area in a gyrocopter last month. Clearly visible is the complete area of our grounds as well as the track to the rear of the property that leads to the fantastic view point of the Cote de Jor plus the track opposite our drive that takes you to the lovely riverside walks down river toward Tursac or up to the Le Paradis campsite.