Much to our delight, and relief, the radiators filled up with water and there were no leaks! They even heated up very quickly, which was great considering the wood burner isn’t plugged in so this was heating by solar.
Which meant that Saturday late morning we all packed up and headed to Banyuls. The sun was shining and we had a much deserved 24 hours off. Lunch on the beach and, much to everyone’s amusement, Johannes stripped off and jumped into the sea. He ran out almost as quickly as he ran in though!!! We left the boys at Banyuls and will go and pick them up at the end of the week, when I am sure they will be delighted to come back to a comfy bed, real food and some hard labour!! Gary flew back to Stansted on Sunday but not before squeezing in a couple of fine meals by the coast. On our way home we stopped and visited the Chateau de Salses, a huge castle just before Perpignan that we have driven by numerous times but never had the time to stop. It was fascinating, very deceptive from the road and probably the most advanced military fortress of its time. So well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.
Monday was our first lazy day in months, we enjoyed coffee in bed and wandering around our house admiring the windows and straw wall, and did very little work indeed. Sometimes it is good to be lazy, just not too often! For the first time it really feels like a proper house, what with windows in the kitchen and the living room, they really bring the place together.
Manu is back today and should have the chaudiere up and running by the end of the day. Which will be most welcome as yesterday was the first day where it actually felt autumnal, we have been enjoying a very prolonged summer with temperatures in the late 20’s. Best get our plumbing heads back on as we currently only have 2 rooms with radiators plumbed in!