In the (almost a) month since my last blog lots of things have changed.
The chicks have grown, and grown again and are now pretty much free range, ranging wider and wider, into the vines, the plum trees, our neighbour's garden and the gite! They return pretty quickly though, if they think there might be treats involved!
|Mike with treats.|
|Waiting to be let out!|
|Jim the digger, digging another pond, leveling out the car park and filling in holes.|
|Mike putting finishing touches to furniture for the gite.|
|Just waiting for the grass to grow.|
|Lounge and dining room|
|Spot the camera man!|
After weeks of very hot and dry weather, it started to rain just 10 minutes before the party began, and rained for a couple of hours - real, steady, wet rain, much to the relief, I'm sure of all our local farmers and wine growers, so we couldn't really complain! We just got on with it, enjoyed the afternoon, and when the rain finally stopped, it turned into a beautiful evening, with petanque, led by Jean-Claude (playing his rules apparently!) and an impromptu (albeit "one we prepared earlier") chilli on the terrace until well into the night.
|The petanque pitch, scene of a battle!|
|Ash, filming the party|
|Nicole also had a birthday, celebrated with a visit from boyfriend, Mike and her brother Dave and his girlfriend Neesha.|
|From the top of the dune towards the sea|
|From the top towards the forest.|
|On the Miroir d'eau des quais in Bordeaux|
|Taking photos of the photographers!|