I keep meaning to do regular, and short, updates on this blog but then I get so busy that time flies and I suddenly realise that it has been months since I last wrote! So here we go again, I shall try to be brief with all that has been going on in the last month or so.
After we said goodbye to Debbie and Jonathan we had the big bash in the village to celebrate the Grand Opening of Ormeau the collective building that has been a 13 year project. It was a weekend of festivities, with a huge party on the Saturday night with over 500 people crammed into our little village to celebrate. This is a link to a video of the Saturday night party, you can speed through the speeches if you don’t speak French and just go to the pictures of the completed building.
Straight after that Jean and Doug, Chris’ parents, came to stay and half way through their visit we were joined by Uncle Rob and Wendy. Although they stayed in Durban in their caravan they joined us everyday with all that was going on here. Now in La Maison du Rire age and infirmities do not excuse you from partaking with whatever work that needs to be done. And as you can see from the photos below we had an elderly sweat shop going on on the back terrace!!
After Doug and Jean left we were joined, that night, by our next workawayers Miranda and Matt. They were from the States and were on a 3 month trip to France and the UK on a mix of research for Matt’s phD and workaways. Matt is studying 18th century military uniforms in the USA, UK, France and Germany and what affect they had on the Civil War. Fascinating stuff. So for the first week of their visit we were 7 as Rob and Wendy were still with us, which means many mouths to feed but lots of work getting accomplished.
These guys didn’t have much building or renovating experience but worked damn hard and did loads whilst they were with us. So we now have a painted hallway, they did the top half whilst I did the bottom, it’s not easy being up on scaffolding when you have to run up and down to look after Louis! All, yes all, of the tiles have been scraped and cleaned, they made very quick work of finishing off our pile of tiles and then zoomed through the ones that we had inherited from Bruno. Chris and I joined in on their last day and between us we managed to complete the lot. Our water drain has been re-dug and bettered and furthered. The planters on the driveway have been dug all ready for me to paint the external wall and plant with lavender and wisteria. Meanwhile Rob has rendered the windows and started the mammoth task of pointing the west facing wall. He reckons it will take him two years to complete! Now I hasten to point out that that is not full time, he does only come out twice a year!!! Wendy spent the week painting and oiling in between taking Louis for his daily walk.