Busy weekend at Domaine de France
This weekend we accommodated 15 people in the gites and some in the house, the bride looked lovely, but I enjoyed the cars. The washing and the cleaning however ...
The Chateaux of Gavaudun
Today we discovered another Chateaux for our guests about 20 minutes from our house. Very interesting, English heritage in style. You certainly need good shoes, a good head for heights and there are some steep steps, what amazing views from the top. https://www.chateaudegavaudun.com/ We have at least four Chateaux within a drive including one of the best in South West France Château de Bonaguil http://www.chateau-bonaguil.com/
This weekend we have a wedding group staying including the bride and groom. 15 in the Gites and 6 in the house! we said we could do large groups so now we are.
Creatures and vegtables
We have enjoyed and been busy for the last four weeks, indeed the Three Gites have been full. This week we have a French couple, a Scottish family and a Dutch family with two boys who love the pool. It has been hot this week. They are a splendid group this week, indeed we all got together for a drink and nibbles last night and are looking forward to a group BBQ Thursday. The French go back to work / School very soon and next week we have one Gite empty! (at the moment)
When you move the shutters, be aware what might fall out. (he flew off happily after being awoken)
We have been doing some work on the veg patch, still harvesting squashes, tomatoes and a few beans. from the pictures you can see it is a little overgrown, but still a harvest to be had.
I have planted some leeks, I am unsure they enjoy the 30C heat at the moment. I have a few seeds coming through if it is not too hot!
Celebrations at Domaine De France
Today is Paul's Birthday and so we had laid on a spectacular air display of balloons celebrating it. (well actually it is an event put on by a nearby chateau but lets not quibble).
Last week the Town put on a spectacular firework display from the basilica. We had the most amazing display we think it was better than the firework competition on Plymouth Hoe. The timing was perfect as we had friends and family visiting and we had missed two birthdays with our move.
The veg plot has had some work on it and Paul now has his leeks planted. We are picking tomatoes, beans and squashes already, thanks to the previous owners. The plums are ready for picking and we have grapes to pick so I will be jam making shortly.
We have had a couple of wet stormy days but next week looks to be improving again.
We are heading over to Monflaquin this week as there is a medieval festival not to mention the lovely market we discovered this week.
Ready for our First Guests
So we arrived on Monday 24th July after a long journey down. the Cat had more room than we did.
We have spent this week cleaning and tidying up things here ready for our first guests.
Who would have thought that a swimming pool would be so complicated. Paul has hovered the pool to help Henri our pool Robot / hoover. Henri has had a new filter bag and has been racing around the pool like a new robot. All is looking good, such a shame Paul and I have been too busy to swim the pool.
We have had help this week from Paul's sister and our Niece who have helped spruce up the Games room, and the two Gites not currently occupied. all is looking good and clean with the welcome packs all ready.
Then we had a thunderstorm this morning, can you believe it? still the washing was wet on the line anyway!
PS we still have our house to sort out!!!
Aerial view of Penne-d'Agenais
Found this aerial view today of Penne-d'Agenais's which is dominated by the Byzantine-Romanesque-style Notre-Dame de Peyragude basilica, recognisable from afar by its silver dome. From here you can see our house, in the valley.
Our French dream
We are going into our fourth summer living in France where we run a Gite business and teach English to French students who stay with us. WWW.domainedefrance.com