I haven't been updating my blog very much, only because you are probably not interested in our boring days. We get up around 8am, have coffee and breakfast, take the dogs out, check emails and then decide what to do that day. If it's Tuesday or Friday I get up earlier to go to french class until noon. If it's nice in the morning we either take the dogs for a hike, go for a trail run or go for bike ride. We either go into town to do shopping or go to the market on Thursday or Sunday. We take a nap most every day and right now are obsessed with watching the Giro d'Italia (kind of like the Tour de France of Italy), so we are home between 3-6pm. Pretty simple life and I'm sure you are not interested in hearing our daily itinerary.
Last time I posted I was in tears because Rhoda and Lefty were killed by a fox and we were taking Fanny over to my friend Dawns house. Well that didn't work out. Her 4 hens are very small and the first day Fanny was great but on the second day she decided to bully them. She wouldn't let them eat or drink or even go into their coop. Dawn is new to chickens and was having a hard time seeing this happen (it always does with chickens, they need to figure things out and re-do the pecking order) and I didn't want to upset her so I told her I'd come to get her. Then I decided to email the ladies who take care of Dashell & Stella when we go away. They have 3 golden retrievers, x number of cats and chickens. I thought they might know someone who would take Fanny. In no time flat I received an email back telling me they would take her. They are so lovely. So we took her up last Thursday. One of their hens is quite large which might make it harder for fanny to bully and they have a coq (he keeps order in the flock). They emailed us later that afternoon and things were going well. We haven't heard from them so we figure the chickens are still working things out (which they have no problem letting happen) or she's fit in fine. I'm thankful for them, they are lovely people.
2 weeks ago we were visited by JNRR and her adorable dogs. Felt like I have known her for a long time, maybe because we have corresponded via email and blogs for over a year. We had a great weekend visiting a few vide greniers (kind of like a huge yard sale), going to a party for our friend Ben, cooking together and drinking great wine.
Yesterday JNRR came over again for a short visit and we had quite an adventurous 24 hours. We snuck onto the property that we have been looking at to buy and were surprised to find one of the side doors open, so we went in and spent about 1 hour in the house looking around. I was great to get her opinion, because the place is structurally sound but needs loads of TLC and it's huge.
Today we had a bit of an epic. We have been having some problems with Claude, our 1985 Peugeot station wagon. Our mechanic said it's was the starter (he can't take it until Tuesday) so some days it will start and others we have to pop the clutch (so amazing that works). Yesterday as we were coming back to the house I noticed the gas light was on (Bruce was driving) and I asked him if we should stop for gas. "No, I think we are ok". We made it home no problem, but this morning Bruce was heading over to pick up some croissants and the car wouldn't start, so he popped the clutch and it started, but when he turned out of our driveway into the road it stalled...it was out of gas. Argh! So JNRR had to drive us into town to get a gas can and some gas. Claude was left on the side of the road out in front of our house, when we got back JNRR and I had to push him to get him going (Bruce helped to)...but then JNRR slipped and fell and right as she did a big bus (for hauling kids to and from school) came ripping around the corner. Close call, she was almost road kill.
Luckily after many tries Claude came back to life. If JNRR wouldn't have been here we would have been stranded for a while. I knew she came here for a reason! Claude will go to the mechanic on Tuesday for a new starter. Once he's all fixed up we are planning a trip to Brantome to visit JNRR to see her lovely house, spend some time in the beautiful Dordogne and see the boys, hopefully very soon.
We have had lovely sunny warm days and a few nights some great thunderstorms. We opened the pool 2 days ago, although we haven't ventured into it yet, still a bit chilly. We are excited to go to Paris (mid-june) to see my sister and brother-in-law and my brothers daughter. My sister is an art history professor and is bringing a group of her students over to europe and my 17 year old niece is coming too. We'll spend 4 days in Paris and we can't wait. Bruce loves Paris.
The wild poppies are in full bloom and are stunning!
That's about it for us. Just a simple life in southwest france.