Thursday, 1 August 2013

Home again, home again, jiggedy-jig

A busy few days away in France - somewhat impromptu - but I'm now back home and catching up with life (well, the washing mostly!)

Whilst away, we were able to enjoy beautiful scenery...

(You could believe you were in the Caribbean - the vegetation, the 38 degrees of heat and the violent cloudbursts!)

Barbecues with family and friends were on the menu too.
(Thanks M & H for a fabulous meal - what you'll be able to do when you have electricity and proper mains water and drainage will be completely awesome!)

Our main reason for this trip was to take this beast of a woodburner - an Ebay bargain at just a little over £200 - over to Mr U-t-B's 'project'.

Mr U-t-B did lots of work, I handed tools to him and did a bit of cleaning, then finally, on our last day, got stuck in to some tiling...

I also managed to finish these...

(Ergo, much weeping was done.)

I also started this - I am already predicting more weeping!

At night we were mesmerised by millions of stars in the inky skies and 
the glow-worms studding our grass (which I'll have to leave up to your imaginations to picture, night-time photography not being my camera's 'thing')
and our early morning wake-up call came from Derek...

...who is still living a contented life with Vanille.  No sign of a baby donkey yet, but I'm no donkey midwife, so wouldn't know unless it was really obvious!


  1. Welcome home!

    Lovely photos, looks like you've had some gorgeous weather - ours has been mixed :/


    1. Ah - I like the sunshine, but I'm not a great fan of excessive heat. The day of the barbecue was sooo hot I was completely poleaxed by it!

  2. Sounds idyllic!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. I'm not jealous at all....grrrrr!! Heehee, it looks lovely and I adore the woodburner. It must have been so so heavy to get across there. If we ever get out of this flat, I'm buying a woodburner for sure! Suzy x

    1. Just ever so slightly heavy! Took five of us to move into place and boy, was I glad when it was done and no-one had been squashed!

  4. Derek is a fine fellow !
    That really could be the Caribbean with those plants & shies... looks wonderful. Well done for getting the wood burner in !

  5. So beautiful! Amazing post! Manuela