Our new home in France

While looking for a house to rent, somewhere to base ourselves while we hunt for the right property, we found the perfect house in the perfect spot -and with the help of the lovely people at Cle Rouge Immobilier in Duras it is ours! This blog is primarily for our friends and family to follow the ups and downs of the adventures. However if we don't know you, I hope you'll enjoy the story too, and that one day you may consider booking into our lovely home as a paying guest - you'll be made very welcome!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Whatever happened to August?!

Another month has whizzed by, sorry to those of you who have been badgering me for an update.
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.
Visits from family....

Susie and .....
Rob....enjoying the pool and the sunshine.....
Hugh was here for half of August....
..master of all he surveys (he thinks!)
He was very busy......
Trimming the palm trees...

and sticking loose tiles back in the pool.
Some jobs are trickier than others - securing umbrellas for instance!
We have also enjoyed the night markets in Duras, Monsegur and other local villages.
Hugh and Rob....
and Nicole, enjoying Duras night market.
Other visitors have included plenty of paying guests - thank you to everyone who spent a little time with us over the summer. I'm pleased to say that all our guests have been delightful, and we look forward to meeting many of them again.
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.
Some pictures of the vendange at Domaine Gourdon. OK, so mostly pictures of everyone having a lovely  lunch provided by Lesley, for everyone who had helped pick, firstly the Sauvignon and then the merlot grapes. 

Just to prove that some work was done!

Coffee time!
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!
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!


  1. Mum, I'm not sure I've seen a picture of Nicki looking as much like you as this one for a long time! (The night market one!) x