Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Renovation work 2010 - The terrace

The garden at La Pagerie is very large and is surrounded by a stone wall which makes it not only safe and secure but also private. We have had a number of comments over the past summer that guests would really like some sun loungers to make the most of the new terrace - this job was completed in October 2010.

The sun loungers are to go on the new terrace which was built by Chris during May 2010. This was a huge job and involved over 3000 separate paving slabs.

Over the last few years we have moved from the original garden at the back of the house, to it looking like a building site, to having a temporary terrace to the final instalment.

I hope you agree that the finished product looks fantastic and was worth all the work and effort that it took to build. Thank you Chris!

The terrace in 2009 before the latest addition

July 2004 and the existing flooring upstairs comes out and onto the garden

The grass - when you don't mow it for a while!

The original garden with upturned wine bottles for a border

Renovation work 2010 - The court yard

Over the past few months there have been a number of alterations to La Pagerie which we hope will improve the house for the guests arriving in 2011.

The first of these was a new roof for the bread oven and new court yard gravel. This has really brightened up the court yard and made it a relaxing place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine (or two).

The bread oven roof and gravel work was done by Chris and Willy during and after our visit in April 2010.

The first image shows how the court yard looked in 2003 when we were house hunting.

The gravel was was a strange dark brown colour which never really looked appealing and now it's a nice clean white colour which really helps the look of the house from the front.

The bread oven roof was required as we were starting to develop a number of small leaks - which is never good!

The usual adding a layer of varnish to the gates was also completed - the gates get the sun all the day and in the long hot summers this can really take it's toll.

All in all we are very pleased with the results - just need to find a way to keep the gravel looking nice and white which after some looking on the internet yesterday appears to be done using diluted or thin bleach. A job for next April then!

Monday, 8 November 2010

La Pagerie - new facebook page

I have just launched a new Facebook page for our accommodation called La Pagerie.

Take a visit and post your comments on here for any feedback that you have. Thank you.

A little joke.....

Shamus died in a fire and his body was burned pretty badly.

The morgue needed someone to identify the body, so they sent for his two best
friends, Mick and Paddy.

The three men had always done everything together...

Mick arrived first, and when the mortician pulled back the sheet,

Mick said, 'Yup, his face is burned up pretty bad. You better roll him over'

The mortician rolled him over and Mick said, 'For sure dats not Shamus ...'

The mortician thought this was rather strange.

So he brought Paddy in to confirm the identity of the body.

Paddy looked at the body and said, 'Yup, he's pretty well burnt up..

Roll him over.'

The mortician rolled him over and Paddy said, 'Dats not Shamus '

The mortician asked, 'How can you tell?'

Paddy said, 'Well, Shamus had two assholes.'

'What? He had two assholes?' asked the mortician.

'O yes sir,, we never seen 'em, but everybody used to say:

'There's dat Shamus with them two assholes.'

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Back from visit

Been back from Sompt for about a week now after spending a very enjoyable two weeks there. Spent the first week on my own doing some DIY jobs after the summer season and then for the second week the rest of the family joined me and we did some good tourist trips.

Weather out in Sompt in October is usually very good and we had nice sunny days with chilly evenings which makes the open fire more enjoyable.

Will be updating the main site in the next few days with photographs of the improvements!