I can’t believe that it was 2 weeks ago since last I posted! Time flies and I apologise for my absence. So what have been doing to keep me away? Too many things!!
It started off with a trip to the UK for various things. I have mixed thoughts about going back to the UK. First, it is always nice to catch up with people and see friends and relatives but then, why is everyone always in such a rush? My visit this time was based in London – a city that I lived and worked in for many years and where good friends still live. I can well understand that people are working and they may be late for an appointment or some such thing, but surely an entire city can’t be late for something?! Perhaps, like me, the people who aren’t in a rush are afraid of being mown down by those who are and, therefore, they increase their pace. I always start off in ‘laid back’ mode but after a day or two, I am as frantic as the next person! I guess it’s a matter of survival!
I am a big fan of the books by James Herriot – the vet who worked in the Yorkshire Dales. In one of his books, he was called up for military service during the Second World War. He was telling a farmer that he had to go to one of the big towns for his training, to which the farmer replied that he didn’t like going to towns. The reason for this dislike being that you ‘can’t walk anywhere’ due to the number of people who are trying to walk in the same direction as you, meaning, as he put it, that ‘you have to take big steps and little ‘uns the whole time’! I think I know what that farmer meant!
So having done what was needed in London, including a trip to Marks and Spencer and Sainsburys, and having picked up my pace a few levels for reasons of survival, I returned to beautiful Brittany, where one is able to walk unimpeded ……generally!
However since my return, I have had to pick up my pace a few notches, not when walking you understand, but generally. I am suddenly very aware that Easter is only just around the corner and, whilst there is manageable amount of decorating/work to complete on the house, it will not seem 5 minutes until my first guests are knocking on the door on Good Friday…not that such a thing exists in France. I am very lucky in that the bookings for La Petite Ferme Chambre d’Hôtes seem to be coming in very regularly and we are booked out on a few occasions – the whole of Easter being the first of those. So the paintbrushes and rollers have been used and abused since my return and now the light is definitely on at the end of the tunnel. The entire house, apart from the downstairs bathroom and toilet (obviously the one I use!) has been decorated; a completely new upstairs bathroom fitted and new flooring throughout upstairs laid and all done since the end of January! All the dark tongue and groove wood used for the ceilings has been repainted magnolia and the light, that has been created in the house by doing so, is incredible. Watch this space for the announcement and pictures when all the work is finally complete and the rooms have been created to look their best.
As for outside, well the picture above says it all…..spring is definitely upon us! There are great swathes of primroses, violets and celandines, all of which have become naturalised under trees and down the side of the little lane that leads to my barns. Absolutely beautiful!
Spring is, of course, a time for baby animals and birds and La Petite Ferme is no exception. At the beginning of May we are to be joined by 2 kids – of the baby goat variety! – who are called Laurel and Hardy and these little sweeties joined us this weekend……
How sweet are they and totally home produced from my cockerel, Cyril, and his wives!
Well it’s lovely to chat but I can feel jobs outside coming upon me. I have the lovely task of cleaning out the house of theMummy and Daddy chooks and the ponies to brush and lotion and potion, as they are prone to sweet itch.
I hope to post photos during the next couple of days of the completed rooms upstairs….so watch this space!