Bit wild and windy tonight!

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……

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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!

 

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Welcome to La Petite Ferme!

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.

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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….

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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!