mercredi 30 avril 2014
An exhausting couple of days preparing for and in meetings, culminating with a tender analysis and pre-contract meeting this afternoon for a project here in France - all in French of course. My French is pretty good (but a bit rusty at the moment), but after 4-5 hours of discussion my brain just wants to shut down, especially with strong regional accents and technical language to contend with. A bit of a headache this evening!
Tomorrow some more drawing revisions, some DIY and a rest before departure on Friday.
Susie has her dance showcase "SPRUNG" in Totnes tonight. It's the first time I've missed it since I met her. Good Luck Darling.
lundi 28 avril 2014
Usual Pyrenean spring weather with April showers and sunny spells. No worries as it's always lovely to experience the incandescent green when all the beech leaves burst open! The fields are starting to fill with the lime green of starwort and the usual succession of wild flowers. There were chevreuil playing in the meadow and the garden this morning, practising for the rut and trying to remove the velvet from their antlers.
Early purple orchids
vendredi 11 avril 2014
In between work appointments, we tidied the allotment on Thursday afternoon and then the garden this morning.
With the weather sunny and warm we snuck out to Start Point and watched a couple of seals playing the sea. A spot of fishing at Mattiscombe bay, but lost my spinner after an hour or so, so we retreated to Slapton for a half.
lundi 7 avril 2014
The new tram terminal under construction at Blagnac
samedi 5 avril 2014
New door to bathroom made and hung - needs to be sanded to get it back to clean wood, then oiled to bring out the grain (which is actually very nice, plus the wide boards are book-matched). I used the other brass suffolk latch that I got in Totnes market, and managed to mend the broken lever with a piece of cut down brass hinge that I soldered into the stub.
Bathroom is also sanded, caulked and painted. It's been a productive week all in all.
vendredi 4 avril 2014
This one needs a bit more sanding and fitting tomorrow
All done by 8pm. : )
jeudi 3 avril 2014
The hot wind continued to blow yesterday, so I continued with bringing down more hung up trees (the not so threatening ones), though they were still challenging trees to bring down safely. Ian arrived in the late afternoon with some oak for the bathroom and I headed over to his to help unload his wood and stay for supper.
Overnight some wet weather has arrived, so today I cracked on with plasterboarding the bathroom and plastering the joints. I managed to get the first first of the oak in place (the window board) but the continuing rain called a halt to proceeding before I could do the window and door reveals (I have to cut and plane the timber outside).
Sandrine and John over for Dinner tonight.