So ....what has happened over the past month...? Well, we've had visits from friends...
|Phil and Liz|
|The little Jacksons|
|Enjoying pony rides in Savignac.|
|Susie and .....|
|Rob....enjoying the pool and the sunshine.....|
|..master of all he surveys (he thinks!)|
|Trimming the palm trees...|
and sticking loose tiles back in the pool.
|Some jobs are trickier than others - securing umbrellas for instance!|
|Hugh and Rob....|
Other guests, uninvited, but mostly welcome have included...
|a heath bee fly - friendlier than it looks, I believe|
|Hoopoes, that I thought were long gone, but are just not calling any more.|
|A partidge, one of a large group that roam through the garden, orchards and vines.|
|One of the toads enjoying his daytime retreat. They spend their evenings roaming the terrace eating all sorts of bugs.|
|The roses have been flowering all summer.|
The grapes have been ripening.
|These are merlot grapes, in the vineyard at the bottom of our garden.|
|Just to prove that some work was done!|
This area of France is in the middle of the vendange now, the harvesting of the grapes that make the wonderful wine of the Duras appellation - come and try some!
So, a very busy month and a fantastic first season for the Vue de Duras chambres d'hotes and gite.
We couldn't have done it - certainly in the style we managed - without Nicole, who has now returned to the UK ready to start her new job next week. So thank you Nicki, for all your hard work, your inspiration, for keeping me going, for feeding me when I didn't want to cook (often!) and just for the unexpected pleasure of your company for the best part of a year. Thank you!
Finally, good luck to both my lovely daughters, who are starting new jobs this week, Nicole, for an interior design company in Worcestershire and Ellen, for the National Trust in Gloucestershire. Enjoy!