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!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


I know that the title of this post is August and that it is actually a fair way into September now -but you know how it is......!
I'm starting this post with the picture of the summer - thanks to Anthony and Julie at Yours Truly Photography.
Head of infrastructure and marketing, hard at work!
Much bigger than Hugh's!

Well it has been too hot to paint the shutters!
... in the shade! 
We've had plenty of visitors, including friends to go canoeing with.....
Sue and Nicky on the Dordogne
 eat and drink with......
Sean, Adrian, Nicky and Sue at the  Restaurant Ô XIII Clochers at Monteton
to visit the Fete du Vignerons at Duras with....
Lynne and Les at Duras Chateau
Julie and Kate, sharing Kate's GCSE results celebrations with us
Anthony sharing too much with us!
  Nicole is back for a couple of weeks, she has been helping of course....
Nicole testing the outside furniture....

and checking the hammock....
She had done her bit stacking logs first!
beautifully arranged!
We (that is Nicole and I) spent a lovely couple of days, camping on the Ile de Ré
That's right - camping!

..and cycling - 30kms in one day I'll have you know!
and a quick lunch on the way back in La Rochelle
 Sights around Vue de Duras over the summer...
early morning hot air balloon over the chateau
August's 'blue moon'...

Duras has been busy with Fairs, Festivals and Night Markets
Musicians at the Medieval Fair
and fire display
  We're now into the beginning of September and they are collecting the plums...

 And the usual round up of various wildlife...
Heron on the Dordogne while canoeing
Too much music for the little tree frog (thank you Chris, Sara, Sandy and Mike for the frog on the right
The toad who makes a nightly patrol of the terrace keeping down the population of  creepy crawlies.
Blue carpenter bee (non aggressive and doesn't sting!)
A wasp spider. Beautiful and not at all dangerous.

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