A year ago today, we arrived in Duras, to take a look at the house that was about to become ours.
This week has just about seen the last of the builders with the re-roofing of the back of the house. We're hoping that the coming winter will be a bit warmer in that part of the house, now that it has new insulation and is water-tight.
We have had a good first year for our B & B business, with guests still arriving - mostly house hunters at the moment, but the year has also seen holiday-makers -English, French, Dutch, Australian, and guests at weddings at the chateau in Duras - mostly French. We've enjoyed meeting them all, they've been a lovely bunch of people, thank you to all of them. We've also enjoyed visits from friends - none of whom over-stayed their welcome and we look forward to seeing them all again!
Our newest venture is 'tea and cake on Sunday afternoons'.
|Earl Grey cup cakes, ginger cake and coffee fudge cake|
|Tea with a view|
|Tea with a view - and some shelter!|
|Join us if you're near-by. Ring first just to make sure (details on our web-site).|
A few photos to sum up the last month.
|A Sunday morning hot air balloon.|
|Newly planted vine next to the gite terrace - grapes for eating.|
|Newly planted birch trees, by the pond.|
|Passion flower to grow over the fence|
|Geoff and Judith, enjoying a lovely September day with us.|
|I'd like to think that these are the collared doves hatched in our palm tree!|
|Autumn sun set.|
|Early morning alarm call!|
|A beautiful car belonging to some of our lovely guests.|