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He’s got funny shoes!

It’s been a while since I last updated this blog. We’ve been busy but I also haven’t been feeling tiptop, so here I am back again. Our latest workaways, Jess and Matt, have been with us for 2 weeks now. They are from Georgia, you should hear his accent it is great, straight out of Where For Art Thou Brother! They are traveling around Europe for as long as visa’s will permit and it has been a bit of an eye opener as neither have ventured out of the States before, but then they are young, 24 and 25, and the USA is huge.

Firstly their eating habits have changed dramatically since being with us, no fast food in Coustouge and plenty of home cooked, fresh food to be tried! They have lapped it up which is great as I am not sure what I would have done if they wanted to eat MacDonalds and KFC!!! Secondly, Matt has worked a bit in the building trade, odd jobs here and there and has proved to be very useful with electrics. Jessy was a student so has no experience but works well as Matt’s assistant which is great. So we now have plugs in the living room, lights and sockets in our bedroom and en suite, lights in the buanderie and the wood store. Yesterday they put all the pipe work into place for us to plumb in our bathroom. A bath for Christmas is what I have requested from Santa this year, I don’t care how crude the surroundings are, I want a soak!!

Thankfully the rain has finally stopped and we have had a week of glorious sunny weather, blue skies and warm temperatures. November, which is often the wet month here, has been unusually wet, wet here isn’t like UK wet as it just doesn’t rain that much usually. However that is not true this month, we have had our annual quota in 2 weeks!! 400 – 500mm per annum, the Corbieres is one of the driest areas in France usually. Well I am glad it has stopped although the rain was very needed as the earth was very dry, at least the plants got a good watering! Although we will now have to rethink our potager plans again as 2 of the trenches that Steve dug got washed away! We have never seen the brook so full, in fact the neighbours said they hadn’t either, not since the big floods of 99.

Anyhow sunshine is back and we are happy, you get accustomed to good weather here and feel mighty robbed when it disappears for more than a few days at a time! We are not sure how long Jess and Matt are going to stay, it seems that a lot of our young workaways have no real plans or desire to leave us! We have more than half of the upstairs radiators plumbed in and they work really well. In fact so far we have only had problems with one of the radiators, sadly one of the biggies it has a hole that needs bouchoning. So all in all they were a great bargain and they retain the heat really well.

We have ordered a flue for the living room so that we can use our little Tiger wood burner, I think it will be more for show than heat as looks rather silly here in this big, old house! We will get a bigger one next year.

Here are some photos of the last few weeks work, not a lot has changed visually as electrics are not so obvious as plastering. Matt has some very funny shoes, people stop and stare wherever he goes….

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