|Hibiscus on 'lawn'|
Raining heavily again Sunday morning so the trip to Quezac and Rouzier where there was a vide grenier was called off. Sad. The forecast is more of the same for the week.
Matthew and the girls arrived safely mid afternoon. Bo has bought her guitar so we have had
endless several concerts.
Her favourite is - 'I like the flowers . . . '
Monday - into Maurs to stock up on groceries later we managed to play some badminton on the boules piste.
Tuesday - Jim's Birthday. Saskia made him a 'Pooh Bear' cake with magic candles.
Jim's Birthday treat was a trip on the Bateau L'Olt with lunch included. Embarkation was 11.45 and the journey lasted three hours. The meal was salad, duck and Aligot, cheese and Baked Alaska. The boat went through two locks and sailed from Port d'Agres to Boisse-Penchot. A very pleasant day out. Pictures below:
|A happy sailor - Tess|
|Not the Titanic - we hope - Bo|
Thursday - usual market excursion. Followed by some nifty stilt making for Bo.
We all went to the above Fete this morning. The main attraction is the parade of old tractors - see pics below. There were about 30 altogether. I took the girls on a ride in a bullock cart. Well, that is one experience I can now tick off my list of things to do before I die.
|Some large . . .|
|. . . and some small|
|And some not really tractors at all.|
|We have just got out . . .|
There were some pigeons and the like -
|Weird - eh?|
There were also some woodworkers -
|Machine for making a right mess|
|He is making wooden clogs|
Later Matthew and Jim decided to remove a large alder tree which was shading the terrace. It was a Laurel and Hardy affair. Saskia and I watched in trepidation and offered advice and general comment which was ignored.
The tree eventually fell, fortunately missing the bridge and the medlar tree, causing no damage to life and limb and only slightly demolishing the forsythia hedge.
|The sawing . . . (saw on a pole!)|
What you can't see is a cable stretched from the tree to the tractor (off left). The tractor is slowly reversing and pulling the tree in the desired direction of fall. The cable kept on breaking.
|The fall, three hours later|
Matthew has a new project - carving spoons from greenwood. He had special knives sent from Devon and has selected some walnut wood. At the moment it is a work in progress -
|And no, the shavings didn't stay in the tray|
|Get the soup ready!|
Tom and Olga van Hoek arrive today. They are driving all the way from Maastricht in one day. Whew!
We are off back to the UK tomorrow for family functions and return in about 10 days so I will not be writing this blog again until Sunday 7th August.
Keep your comments coming.
|This weeks mystery object - answers on a postcard, please|