Made with Sparkle

Las Vignes - Lauzerte

Le Jardin - Garden

Ailanthus altissima - Tree of Heaven apparently ! The house was surrounded by them. Some we kept, some we didn’t. Matt Strawbridge (local tree surgeon type) did the glamorous bit up the trees, while two grumpy types posed for the photo. ….Martin & Duane (Kims dad)

Allianthus in full swing ! 

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Mulberry Tree in much need of a seasonal prune.

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Plans to pressure wash and bleach the stone work are afoot.

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Colour for the shutters continues to be a topic of discussion….

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What ever the history to “Las Vignes”…translated as The Vines…oddly there are 3 other properties also called Las Vignes within a square mile (our only neighbours). The old vine sprawling across the barn has since been removed to reveal a previously renovated roof and a water tight Barn.

Kimbely has a Tondeuse ! …Not a luxury in France with an Acre of ground, it’s an essential. An ebay find too… before we got it, we managed to find a couple that had set up a garden maintenance business (Mark & Lesley) on their move to France. A coffee and a natter often reveals someone who knows someone for pretty much any job that needs doing - whether a French local with a digger or an ex pat with lots of connections. We learnt that most people have been through what we trying to achieve.

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Kimbely in her element, picture taken in late October - cold but dry…I could make a pun about the Accountant making cut backs - but I won’t - oops !

An Autumn / Winter 2018 picture.

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Barn roof cleared and yet more garden clearance in progress.

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Handy Trailer - ala Phil & Sandra Page..transporting yet more Travertine from B&H Materiux. 

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Note the French Plate on the trusty Clio (imported from the UK and registered in France) - much paperwork involved and a story in itself (top advice, experience and help from Joel & Maddy)

Some light weeding…..

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There doesn’t seem to be anything that constitutes a bit of light weeding at the moment…… Kims mum and dad stayed at a village close by, as part of their spring holiday in 2018 and offered us a weeks help in the garden - as seasoned gardeners…we think they got more than they bargained for…although leave them alone for any length of time - Duane has the chainsaw out and Diane wields a mean secateur !

As we look back on 2018 - not a bad year and a lots been done…..2019 is at hand and much is to be done and the hope that my mum and our children can come out see what we’ve done and maybe lend a hand ???

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As for a life after 34 years in the Fire Service….whatever !…now pass the Merlot please….