Well, seems that all this painting and renovation is worthwhile…..La Petite Chambre d’Hôtes is fully booked for the whole Easter weekend! Fantastic! Best get on! 😜😀☺️
Well, what a week! I am suddenly aware that I haven’t written for a few days….very remiss of me. However, this evening the ponies have been fed and attended to; the sheep have had their hay topped up and I won Sage the ram’s game!; the chickens have been fed and put to bed; the dogs and cats have been fed; my dinner is in the oven and I have ironing to do, so it seemed the perfect time to rattle out some news!
Thankfully my only bit of storm damage….the demise of my willow tree….was sorted out earlier in the week. It is now about 1 metre tall and looking very sorrow for itself, after the magnificent being it was previously. However, I have been reliably informed that it will send up shoots and eventually get back to its former glory…..although I may be needing a Zimmer frame to go and see it by then! The only good news about its demise is that I now have a plentiful supply of wood for the wood burner for winter 2018. So all is not lost!
Whilst the front garden may not have the willow anymore, the camellia has certainly enjoyed the warm, sunny weather this week and is looking stunning!
Absolutely beautiful…although in for a shock when it’s finished flowering as, being about 6 metres tall, it’s due for a haircut!
Other good news……I am now registered to attend the AIKB Easter Fair in Gouarec and the Breizh British Weekend in Josselin in June. I shall be going with one of my other ‘hats’ on, in my role as Independent Organiser for Usborne Books and I’m really excited about both events. The organisation for both events is very thorough but I marginally think that the organisers for the Josselin event win it! It is safe to say that, with the exception of my closest friends, the organisers of the Breizh British Weekend now know more about me than anyone else! Having found and photocopied documents pertaining to my business registration that I didn’t even know I had and having completed several forms, it is a morning of my life that I will never get back but it does mean that I will be able to attend a great weekend event, in a town that I really like so it was worth the effort. Must remember to take out public liability insurance nearer the time….note to self! Please come by and say hello if you’re at either or both events.
As for the preparation work for the Chambre d’Hôtes, it is moving ahead apace. Work on the 2 bedrooms is complete apart from titivating and the rooms are looking great! Watch this space for photos once titivating is finished!
Some good friends of mine, who have a holiday cottage here in Guiscriff, very kindly said that they would bring anything that I needed from the UK when they come over at the beginning of April. I think they may now be regretting that! 20 litres of paint, a litre of PVA, a stair guard and 2 single mattresses later, I think that enough is enough!! Bless them! You will be pleased to hear that the mattresses come vacuum packed and hence are the size of small duvets! I must remember to stand back when that vacuum is broken and the mattresses spring into a life of their own, once freedom is discovered, smacking you around the face if you happen to be standing too close! That aside, it is incredibly kind of my friends to do this for me and I think I owe them dinner when they are over.
So with the work upstairs so tantalisingly close to coming to an end, it is time to start thinking about the overhaul for downstairs. The royal blue, high sheen wall paint in the new double bedroom upstairs took 5 coats of emulsion to cover it! I have learned from this nightmare and the general consensus, as to the best way to cover the mustard and terracotta wall paint downstairs, is lining paper! I really think it’s the best way as the area here is much bigger and would take forever to just paint; I would lose the will to go on and an emergency SOS for more paint would have to be sent out! In retrospect, this would have been the way forward for the royal blue but hindsight is a great thing and you live and learn!
I have to nip to the UK for a couple of days at the beginning of next week and the lady who is house and pet sitting for me has said that she will hang the lining paper whilst I’m gone. So I will get home and not recognise the place! I am so lucky to have such amazing friends. Definitely party time when everything is finished and to say thank you to everyone involved in this joint venture, as it has become.
Well the hour is marching on and I think it is time to call it a day for today…..I ate dinner somewhere between Josselin and the royal blue paint!
Have a lovely weekend and chat soon!
If only all people took care of each other like Alice and Felix do. Although Alice finds that Felix’s long fur can be a challenge! Just to reassure….that’s my bed and not one of the Chambre d’Hôtes beds!
Day 2 of the new eggs in the incubator and all is well. 21 days can seem such a long time!
Oh dear, it seems to be blowing a hooley here in 56. Fingers crossed that it is nothing like last week. Thought I’d take a peek at the weather forecast for next week though and I was very pleasantly surprised……
That’s more like it!
We’ve had a busy weekend here at La Petite Ferme. Lots of painting and sorting out done today in preparation for the opening of the Chambre d’Hôtes, so the guest rooms will be going online very soon! Watch this space!
For anyone who is thinking of buying a house over here and doing some renovation work, a word of advice….bring your paint from the UK! I am all for using French products and buying over here the vast majority of the time…. apart from the paint. French emulsion is really expensive to buy, is not great quality and hence does not cover so well. It has, basically, nothing going for it all….in my experience. However, having said that, tile paint from Bricodepot is one of the best products I’ve ever used! So I guess it’s swings and roundabouts.
I am suddenly aware that it is nearly 9pm and I haven’t eaten. This is something that has to be sorted out!
Bonne soirée and chat again soon!
As those of you who read my witterings yesterday know, I had a meeting to attend this morning. So, I put one of my other work ‘hats’ on, trundled off and, I have to say, the meeting was far more successful than I thought it was going to be. I love it when I’m wrong and the result of the meeting is me writing out a facture!
My theory to earning a living over here is that you have to have many strings to your bow. I have spoken to other people who feel the same. So, as far as I am concerned, I am just opening the Chambre d’Hôtes, which, of course, is fairly seasonal but I have other irons in the fire, such as being an Independent Organiser for Usborne Childrens’ Books, that I hope will take over when the tourist season is quiet, whilst still ticking over slowly in the background during the summer. That’s my theory anyway! We’ll have to see but it seems to work for others so fingers crossed!
As for the critters, they have been enjoying this beautiful, spring day and warm sunshine. Sage, the ram, was so engrossed in grazing that I managed to get through the gate without him even noticing! Might be different now though…..they have very good, built in clocks! I have now collected enough eggs from the girls to start up the incubator again. So will turn it on this evening and ensure that the correct temperature is reached and is stable and then pop the eggs in tomorrow morning. It’s amazing how long 21 days can seem when waiting for the patter of tiny feet!
Well, I’d best be off to see my mate Sage for our nightly game! Hopefully I’ll win tonight!
Bon weekend and chat soon!
This battle, you understand, is not one that is going to change the course of history but rather my daily battle with Sage, my Ouessant ram lamb, who sees it as a challenge to escape whilst I have the gate of the field open in order to top up their water and hay.
Sage is the little dear in front with the horns. Looks like butter wouldn’t melt, doesn’t he? Don’t believe a word of it! Tonight when I was opening the gate with a watering can full of water in one hand and the gate in the other, he somehow snuck around the back of my legs and……freedom! Take your eye of the ball for a second and that’s it…he’s out! As you can see, it’s not that he’s short of space or company (actually you may not be able to see the ponies, but they’re there!), it’s just that he sees it as a game!
So after 10 minutes of trying to encourage him to go back into the field – another game, I resorted to bribery with blé and he is now back where he should be….until the next time!
Actually, it was a beautiful evening here in 56 to be outside….warm with a hint of sunshine to make you think that spring is on the way. Also very welcome having worked on the iPad for most of the day, sorting stuff for the opening of the Chambre d’Hôtes at Easter. Lots achieved today but it has left me slightly bog-eyed! So I shall sign off for this evening and make preparations for my meeting in the morning.
Bonne soirée and chat soon!
My first posting! Woohoo!
So why am I writing a blog, I hear you cry!! Well, my aim is to spread news of what is happening at ‘La Petite Ferme’ to people who are thinking of staying at our Chambre d’Hôtes, so that they know what life here is like; to people who have stayed and want to keep in touch; to people contemplating a move to Brittany, to give an insight of life in rural Brittany or to people who are just interested!
I meant to write a couple of days ago but then, on Sunday night, Storm Zeus, as it affectionately seems to be called, ripped through this part of Brittany, causing chaos in its wake. Considering I have just over 8 hectares of land, 2 huge hangars and numerous established, massive trees, I was extremely lucky that the only casualty outside was my poor twisted willow in the front garden. It could have been much, much worse.
Houdini, the cat, doesn’t seem overly worried! Nothing that a good chainsaw won’t sort out! For the tree that is…..not Houdini!
The only other casualty here were the eggs in the incubator upstairs, which sadly became stone cold when the power went off for several hours after the storm had passed through. But again, we were lucky as several areas around here are still without power 3 days later. Let’s hope the problem is sorted quickly for them. As for here, never one to let adversity stand in the way, more eggs are being collected on a daily basis to start off again in the incubator, so that hopefully in 21 days, the sound of tiny cheeping will be upon us! Watch this space!
Despite the shocking weather over the last few days, there are signs everywhere that Spring will soon be upon us….
These sweeties were found in my basement in an unused bucket, without any compost…I am ashamed to say. However, with a bit of TLC, they have come into their own and are now cheering up the front garden immensely. Amazing what treasures can be found when you’re not looking for them.
Well, I guess I should go outside and give Mimi and Little Chap – my Shetland ponies – their dinner and hay for the night, as well as some hay for the sheep, Rosemary and Sage. Strange how popular you can be when laden with hay and goodies when it’s a bit grey and miserable outside!
Chat again soon!