[quote user="Antonia"]Clouds over the Montagne Noire is a novel set in the Minervois region of the South of France[/quote]
Antonia I would like to look for this book can you tell me who it is by ? Many Thanks
FN...... Its ok I have looked it up on amazon and found it ...... May I say there are a few clouds over the montagne noire today full of snow most of which is falling at the moment..... [:D]
Ok just for you then Nec..... Copy of this weeks news letter to my friendsHello AllYou probably cant see me !! But I'm stamping my feet this week as the lac has been drained !! Its been so warm this week and the first thing I want to do after working in the field or walking is take the dogs down for a swim but some bugger has pinched all the water ....except for a muddy pool in the centre even Boo wont paddle in, although we did see another snake wiggle across it before disappearing in to the mud. It appears they want to clean it and fix the concrete post that hold the bridge up !! Huh will have to wait till next year now till its full enough to swim in again.We have had some cracking walks this last 2 weeks wish I could show you some of my photos but its impossible to send them. They keep getting returned to me because I cant shrink them ...being a tec-no-nerd. The sun light streaming through the canopy of trees , the startled look of deer and pheasants as we meet them on corners the fresh air and views all knock me out each day , now the leaves are all turning different shades of autumn all the nuts are ready for picking , which is funny as often they drop by them selves on to the heads of the dogs which makes them jump, Doggy is funny he will search around for ages trying to find what it was he is such a comedian , although he is getting a little cocky now, he thinks all my time and lap are his and his alone and will push boo out of the way , he then gets told off and pushed away , so he throws him self like a spoilt child on to the floor does a dying act and covers his eyes with his paws and peeks at me to see if i have changed my mind , I'm amazed at how patient Boo is being about it all. As my lap has always been hers for such a long time but she is being cool like he is just a naughty little chap , I think he makes her laugh too. He ate his own chew this evening then went and snatched hers from her , I swear she looked at me and just rolled her eyes got up beside me on the sofa and just watched him.I'm reading the latest chocolate book the one after lollipop shoes its called Peaches for Monsieur le cure for those of you who have read the other 2 its fantastic ...go get it. A neighbour down the road brought it over last time she came , it was lovely to get a new book, I cant stress how much I'm missing good book shops , still I have written to Santa hopefully he will fill Dave’s bags on his return trip The worst bit not having amazon I don't even know what I'm missingOh and your never guess what my wood has arrived .......only a whole summer has gone by in trying to get it ...I'm really beginning to get the soon soon (beinto^t) The little hat is above the o but buggered if i can get it there . It really means when I can be arsed not soon at all . Anyhow now we have a wood pile to match everyone else's in the village Dave is pleased because they say the size of your wood pile shows how big your cough cough is !!!! really........ In the last 2 days a number of people have walked past and said oh I see you have got your wood then .... with a knowing amused look on there faces ..... now who has been talking in the pub about the silly English woman who has made a big fuss about getting her wood Mmmmmm .... MEN !!!Talking about neighbours laughing at me (again) Tigger was in the field with me the other day as I worked , he normally finds a bit of sunny grass and settles down to watch me work. But this day he was charging around killing grass hoppers (looks just like Dave on his PlayStation killing the enemies) Next thing I hear is a pitiful Mewl.... I look around but no sight of him ...I hear it again to look upwards and see him hanging off a branch of a fir tree by one arm , his claws stuck in the wood, but not able to reach with his other arm to get up. So I quickly run to get me step ladder as he was far up return set it up even from the top I have to stretch so I grab the branch hoping to pull it down a bit and get him ... but no the branch snaps we both fall tigger buggers off and i look up to see 2 hunters walking past watching me.....with a what is this woman doing now look on there faces .....All I could say was Moi chat and point feebly into space, and rub my sore bum....In fact I must admit the word soon has entered my vocabulary quiet a bit as well recently... You have been here all summer when are you coming to visit us? ....Soon Soon .... When are you going to get Internet?.... Soon Soon. I have even been telling my self it ......when are you going to give this house a good clean? ... Soon Soon.....When are you going to paint the last bedroom.... Soon Soon .... But I totally blame the Dogs for that one if the sun is shining they stand with there noses pressed against the door and do the fidget dance , its impossible to do any thing but go out side and play. Ah well winter will soon soon be here ..... HA-HA I'm not going to fall for that . I want to get out and explore some different places but that means getting in the car and wasting half a day getting there and back when I could be walking in my mountains with a sandwich in one pocket and 2 dog chews in the other and my 2 friends so much more relaxing ....I even resent going out for food shopping and keep putting it off until I'm eating bread n marmalade..... for 3 days .....The tomato sauce and soup making conveyer belt is still churning out meals for my freezer , nearly now at a end until next year , But I have a feeling my skin is gong to be red/orange by the end of the winter and it wont be the sun. Thankfully carrot soup and tom sauce are 2 of my favourite meals . With a bit of chilli in of course as those of you who have tasted either made by me will know. Mushrooms are also now everywhere so I have been picking and frying in butter for the freezer for Dave .There is a stray in the village again a real pretty lab/retriever cross so so skinny but looks very healthy and has a stunning coat don't think he has been free for long , I haven't been able to catch him yet although he appears friendly and will take food from your hand but will quickly side step if you try to grab him. If he is still around next week I will try to get hold of him , NO...... I'm not going to keep him He will have to go to the SPA don't think he will stay long he is a pretty dog. But with winter coming here soon its not the best time to be hanging around outside. It seems a lot of people come up here and dump there dogs, what is the matter with people!!!! How can they look at them selves in the mirror the next day ?The village has become very quiet all the tourist gone just a few Sunday walkers , the locals are inside there houses with fires on ???? I really don't get it they have been wearing coats for weeks now even through its been between 20 /26 here this week and sunny. Still they think I'm mad for wanting to swim.. I don't think they would ever leave their houses if they had to suffer a English summer. I have had one fire on the day it rained and that was more for comfort than actually being cold .I expect like me they are cooking away all the produce from the gardens for the winter . They probably have a lot more than me to do.Right that's me off to my pit to read for a while Tigger has beaten me too it and is smack bang in the middle of my bed so I guess That's me doing an impersonation of a star fish again for the night so as not to wake him..... Do I need my bumps feeling or wot ? I'm just to darn soft on these animals.Thanks for the stamps from those of you who sent them I can tell you you made one old chap very happy, when he saw the first one’s he was so excited his wife had to make him sit down, he rang one of his mates from the stamp club he belongs to to boast about having them, apparently they had all been after some but he was first to get one . He made me stay and got a bottle of champagne out of the cupboard for us to drink, (they drink it like water over here ) I think he may of had a wager going with his cronies which he had just won..... Ah well it is nice to make some one so happy with some thing so simple isnt it ?
Chris ..... Doggy is my foster dog. If you mean will I be adopting him for good we will have to wait and see what santa brings him. !!!! As hubby has not met him yet and says we are not getting any more pets ...cough cough !! Once he is home and has met and fallen in love as I have I think adoption papers will be in his stocking. We will have to wait and see.
Trouble is if I work I cant look after any more animals if I dont work I cant afford any more animals life can be a bitch some times .
JJ ...How many times have I said no more cats and dogs as they break your heart every time , but when you faced with a home without one and then you start to think of all those animals in the SPA with no homes and no nice fire place to sit in front of you realise your own heart break is not as sad as the broken heart of a dog with no home .....Trust me .... Go on just a little one I really did not think Boo would take to another dog in the house as she is so jealous of me and any time spent away from her , but she is like a dog with 2 tails now she has met Doggy its true love....
Not much happening up in my mountain this week , except bathroom and wall in living now done ... But mainly walking all week to keep out of the way of the builders ...then lots of cleaning after the builders .....
Many Thanks for that JJ Nice to know I have one man under my thumb !!!!! 8)......
Not a great photo but t shows how fast all 3 have become friends they all charge around chasing each other like 3 dogs.
I have so many new pics of him but its so hard with limited Mcdo space to send them but will get more on soon.
He has settled in so well he has fast become family and so cute , He had his fist face wash from the cat the other evening so he was honoured !!!
Plus he was bit of a hero the other day with friends walking by the lac to the resturant for dinner we spotted swallows diving across the surface of the water when one made a mistake and fell in the water , he didnt seem able to get out with his wings spread on the surface, while we all decided what to do about it , doggy waded in and brought him out to us in his mouth so gently, everyone was so impressed ....... But then when out walking in the mountains with same friends he started to dig in the ground and came up with a big fat mole , which was terrified, he did let go after a while and it ran away but it took a good shaking first.Poor thing.
I will try to get more photos of him soon.
Just met JJ for coffee he will be along later with photos and hopfully tell you what loverly little chap he is ......
V .... Just waiting for hubby to arrive home in Nov to fall in love too then Im sure he will become a full member of our house hold.
Speak soon xxxx
Hi everyone yes happy n well ...Hubby gone now and no we got hardly any of the house work done we said we would , too busy in the garden and waiting for builders who never come .
here is a copy of this weeks news letter to my friends, Chris I think this will make you happy ;)I have begun to lose track of time here now as it goes so fast. All summer I have wanted to get down to the SPA which is the local Dog and cat recue centre to do some volunteering , but having Dave here and having so much to do to house and garden time flew by and there was never a spare day. Well last week I heard there was to be a British market in aid of the dogs home on Sunday so I went to give my support Boo came too. As we entered there was a lady standing with a dog beside a person I knew as we talked I noticed Boo and this dog touch noses and have a sniff , I was surprised as normally she shy's away and hides behind me when other dogs are around as all who know her well know she doesn't think she is a dog instead she thinks she’s part human, part cat, part foot washer and part precious princess!!!!!I moved on to talk to others, and found out a number of the dogs there were dogs from the centre who were looking for homes , Now I was under strict instructions by Dave not to come home with a dog, and while talking about volunteering I realised that its a long drive to the centre and back which would mean leaving Boo at home alone all-day which she hates , so a new plan was hatched I would foster a dog , he is not mine and they would continue to look for a home for him and pay his vets bills, mean while he is being trained , walked and given a home to live in so he doesn't become unfit to home. Plus the main thing being he is loved and as he is elderly kept warm in the winter, they have a number of elderly dogs who are difficult to home as every one wants young and pretty dogs, so I thought it would save petrol money and time to foster ,while still doing some thing in a small way. I spoke to the lady in charge and she told me there was one there who was desperate for a home and took me out to meet him , funny thing was it was the dog Boo had spoken to on the way in ....Doggy (not my choice of name but it kind of suits him as he is very doggy) http://www.dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/ he is nine years old, short, tubby. and is a living water pistol , if the was a Olympic games for peeing this boy would have a gold medal. He is white with black spots and some big black areas as well and a black head with grey muzzle. I will try to get some pic’s on before I send this email. So I went to meet him properly and let Boo and him have some time together to make sure there would be no fighting on the Tuesday, they were fine walked together nicely , then they took him in to the cat section to see how he was with cats and he just laid they and left them alone , so I signed the paper work and popped both dogs into the back of the car ..... !! He sat in the back with Boo as if he had always been there , no trouble at all. We got home and I thought a walk to the lac first before I took him to the house would be a good Idea to tire him out before meeting Tigger.... In the house he was fine , walked in straight to the water bowl had a drink popped up on to the sofa and fell asleep, Boo got up beside him and slept as well. Tea time came and in walks tigger wanting his dinner , I opened the door , he stood there and sniffed and knew straight away there was another dog in the house. Doggy lifted his head to look but stayed on the sofa and tigger marched stiffed legged to his bowl looking miffed ..... after his dinner he sat on the dining room table to get a good view of this dog and gave him his beady eye look. one eye half closed and the other arched.......he then moved around to the stair case to get a higher view, soon got bored and went up to bed . He was good as gold all night sleeping on the sofa didn't hear a peek out of him. I came down at 7am and he was so excited to see me he did a little pee on the floor , I told him no in my best strict voice put his lead on and took him straight out where he peed for Britain. Came back and we all had breakfast , Tigger was cool with it all , but I noticed he didn't join us as he normally would for our first walk of the day around the field. Not sure how much he could walk as he seemed to have a bit of a stiff leg , I set out for a short walk which took about hour n half but no steep hills just a gentle stroll. he was fine after a quick nap he was up and ready to go again in the afternoon. So we went to the lac for a paddle and a stroll around it. An hour tops .... I wasn't to sure if he would run away if I let him of the lead , so I tried him in the field on a long rope , and he is just like Boo , to get them back all I have to do is open my arms call his name and make happy jolly noises and he comes running for a cuddle. That evening again he slept through the evening , just to get up for a pee before bedtime , and was good all night , Next day another excited pee on the floor again I just said no and took him out side , we did our morning walk around the field still no tigger. Then after breakfast set out to walk to Castans, hour n half there and another back. We visited a friend for a drink and he was very good in her house and garden , she was amazed by how relaxed and laid back he was and how well he got on with Boo. She told me to let him off the lead in the garden as it was well fenced and he came back each time he was called. again after we got home he had a nap but was ready for a walk in the afternoon to the lac for a paddle. I took him to cafe by the lac for a beer (me not him) and there was lots of dogs there , so while Boo did her normal , hide me mum I so scared routine , doggy introduced him self to all his new neighbours very friendly with them all . He really was being a little star and I'm very impressed by him. Next morning...No pee I was so proud of him , lots of praise but still got him out quickly to be sure. our morning field walk there was Tigger following us as normal, so I guess Tigger has excepted him although still hasn't sat on the sofa with him yet as he would Boo. I had to wait for a friend who was popping up for a coffee, So I set too some house work and like Boo he sat on the sofa and just watched no problem with the hoover , but had to follow me like Boo every time I went out of sight. By 11am we set off for a walk and I thought lets try him with no lead , so we went into the forest away from all the roads and I let him off , he was perfect, we passed a man jogging with dog, a woman on a horse and 2 deer , each time I called him back and he came (in fact don't tell Boo this but he is better than her at coming back quickly) We did a massive 5 hour walk about 12 km by time we got back he was happy but flagging a little, slept till I made him go out for a pee at 9pm. then slept all night, this morning still no pee and we set out at nine with our lunch to walk to the pic which is a hard walk for me n boo but I thought if we took lunch we could sit for a while , which we did , we found a stream had some lunch while the dogs drank and paddled then made our way back went straight to the lac for a swim , like boo he,s not that happy about getting in but like her the further I went out the more desperate he came to wanting to be near me they soon came in. We were all tired when we got back and all 3 of us were snoring on the sofa by 5pm !!! Tomorrow its a day of rest for dogs !!! as I want to cut grass and do some digging , so they will be hitched up to the long rope to lie in the field while I work, although I'm sure we will fit a short morning walk in and a walk to the lac later for a swim.So that's Doggy the new man in my life with the saddest little face and big brown eyes that water a little which makes him look like he has a tear in his eye , who could not fall for him. I think Boo has ........ He has a funny habit of watching Boo pee then doing a little pee where she has... how romantic is that He is good while I eat no hanging around the table begging unlike some dogs not far from my computer as I type ....Not much else has happened this week the weather has been great as normal,l met a couple of nice people one who is here on holiday staying with a friend who lives down the mountain, she is coming back in Nov with a view to buy a house here in the village as she has fallen in love with the area , The other was a professional biker !! she was American and him French, he has a house in the village , but they travel a lot with there riding they had a dog called fire which was how I met them at the lac as suddenly I had 3 dogs instead of 2 and she came to get him back .Oh in between all the walking I have been painting the bedroom to get rid of the dark blue ...its now cream but only half done but so much lighter already must get on and finish it. trouble is I keep thinking while the weather is nice I’ll go for a walk, trouble is its been nice since I got here in May hence why not much is getting done . Ah well it will soon be winter .Well its late here now so I must be getting some sleep... I can hear snoring in unison coming from down stairs and tigger grunting away to him self here beside side me so I shall join them ...Hope everyone is happy n well ..... speak soon
Copy of this weeks news to friends .....The stone path is finished and it runs towards the ice room so water probally soaked into large pit I would think.Can it really be another week ? Dave has been away for a week .... and no this cat did not play , In fact I have been busy mowing in the field and knocking some horrible spray concrete off our garden steps which has taken ages but it means now we can paint the fronts and lay tiles or some thing on the top to make the steps .My brother and family came for lunch it was really a nice day, now the kids are a little older they are more fun , I'm not and never have been a baby person unless it has a furry tail and 4 paws , but once you can talk to them they are more fun. The oldest was interested in bugs and lizards so we had plenty here to talk about . We walked around the lac and had a paddle looked at bugs n flowers then had lunch.Last week while sat at the cafe with one of my neighbours her friend and the cafe owner, my neighbours friend as it turned out worked a few hours a week at the cafe and she was telling the owner that her and her chap wanted to go away for the week end and wouldn't be able to work , now as this last week end was one of the busiest of the year (Bastille day) the owner was not happy. I was talked into helping !! too bloody soft that me !!!! But it was fun and I had always got on with the cafe owner so it was nice to work together and although I find her hard to understand as she has a strong accent we still had a laugh. She is always refusing my money when I go for a beer in the afternoons so now I have paid her back a bit.The only trouble was 1, I didn't get to go to Bastille day (but seen it a few times already) 2, I couldn't meet the lady from the party the other night who was coming for coffee, but I left her a note and she is coming today instead. So all's well that.................Saw Jasper again this week , early one morning he was walking across my field with a pigeon in his mouth ..... Mmmmm only trouble with that is ... it was one of my neighbours pet one’s , just hope he didn't see him too.....he legged it as soon as he saw me , but he looked well and happy. Toliver has been cheeky while Dave has been away and as soon as the door is open he is in stealing tiggers food , although he gets 2 times more than Tigger outside he is always hungry, I have wormed him but think i may need to do it again or maybe its just habit as he is now putting a little weight on . His real dad has been taken to hospital more and more over the last few weeks , His girlfriend told me he wants to die at home so he goes for treatment then they bring him back again, each time he looks more and more frail, He is going to be 89 this week so I told his girlfriend I would help her make a cake as at the grand age of 61 she has never made one !!Being Bastille weekend the village has been so busy the camp site full and loads of walkers staying at the hotel and village BnB , so my giving directions in French has been getting lots of practise , I'm thinking of making a map of the village and printing them off to give people as I get stopped so many times while gardening, just wish I was more artistic. Most people want to see the old glaziers as they are mentioned on the internet and in guide books , but the trouble is here they don't give a dam about tourism and they are so over covered by brambles and weeds you can hardly see them. I saw them a few years ago before and they were interesting but now there is nothing to see and I would be miffed if I walked all that way only to see brambles . Next week is the village fete there is going to be about 13/14 English this year so maybe we can have a football match.... just hope there is no fighting with he local boys and the sons of a couple who have a place here as most of the English are their sons and some friends they have staying here with them. Jus hope they dont start trying to pick up the local girls after a few beers .....!!!Tigger woke me at 5am today and has been out had his breakfast while i had a coffee and sat and wrote to you all .... now he’s back and thinks he can lay on me and go back to sleep ..... and I will just chuck my laptop to one side and cuddle him !!!! Im so used by my animals !! .......But Id better do as Im told or I will be made to suffer all day Go on who can resist a cat in need of a cuddle ?? not me ....So love to you all and speak soon
JJ sorry cant get on my email today could you send a copy of this news letter to all the people who were PP or CCC or wot ever it is on yur last email ??? ta lad xxxx and stop waving that hand around .....!!! my smelly old friend
JJ sorry cant get on my email today could you send a copy of this news letter to all the people who were PP or CCC or wot ever it is on yur last email ??? ta lad xxxx and stop waving that hand around .....!!! my smelly old friend
I did wonder about the path being a run off for water ..... as it is very steep.
Too many questions to answer now as im being looked at by mc do staff......!!! here is a copy of this weeks newsWell now its been another week For the first time in many many years one day this week I slept till 8am not a habit I would want to get into as I enjoy the mornings and my walk with Boo before the day starts to much . But for once it was nice .... goes to show how relaxed I am becoming . Unlike last night where that Tigger decided to wake me at half one as he would like some whiskers please ....and he’s not a lad who takes no for a answer. but I wasn't giving in, so I was woken every half hour until I grabbed him and held him tight to me hoping he would fall asleep 5am and I was still shooing him away....ah well that was probably my pay back for making him wait till 8am the other morning !!! Cats who'd have them.The other morning we are sat at the table at the window that looks down onto the road having breakfast ...again something we never did at home normally Dave would get breakfast in bed and I wouldn't bother or Id have some while walking around the house doing a tidy !!... anyhow there we were , I looked out of the window and said to Dave there is a Lama walking down the road , He looks at me , nods smiles and continues to munch his egg toasty ...No I said there really is a Lama walking down the road ..... And there was , turns out you can hire them to carry your luggage if you want to trek in the mountains , which is just what this German couple had done when I spoke to them later at the lac , although he was carrying the luggage and she was walking with the lama like a pet dog !!.... Now you wouldn't see one of them walking down the lane in Canworthy Water would you ?I have been dodging the drunk lady at the lac most days although she is normally asleep after 3pm so its safe to go into the water then !!In the post the other day I got a normal , not saying very much letter from my now ex-employer ok fine I threw it away ...... it came 4 times the exact letter ......WHY??? now you know why a tin of bake beans now cost 55p .This weeks work to keep me busy out side as its been so hot , was to uncover a old stone path that runs from the doors of the bottom round room of the ice house to the main road , it was covered in brambles , weeds and in some cases a foot of old sheep dung and mud. It was flipping hard work but worth it . Its about 15ft wide and maybe around 100/150 ft long made of massive slabs of old stone , in the past I have been clearing the old bits of tractors, tin cans and all the other rubbish he had left there thinking it would just be a concrete path , so I was surprised when I uncovered the first stone which inspired me to go on uncovering , it looks fantastic , and I had to wonder how old it was , was it there from the days when they took the ice out 150 years ago did the poor old oxen or donkeys have to struggle up it fully laden taking the ice to Carcassonne ? Id like to think its that old and certainly gives the run up to the building a air of history now. The night it was finished a massive rain lighting storm hit and washed all the stone so it looks even better now.The morning after the rain , I took boo for her morning run and stopped by the field to admire my hard work, I turned around and who should be sat in the grass wishing his wally ????? (that's my polite term for it) But Jasper !!! He took one look at me put his wally back in its furry pocket and ran, so I followed him to find he had made a home for him self under a old caravan in the field in a bale of old hay. So not lost as we thought starving alone in some dark place in the forest .... NO alive and well (much slimmer) camping in my field . He seemed happy there and must be eating mice or whatever , so I'm going to try and coax him to me but if he really wants to be a outside cat I'm not going to try and force him into the house . He really was not a person cat at all , he was getting on fine with Boo and Tigger but seemed scared stiff of me . Its funny because Boo has disappeared under the caravan a few times over the last few weeks when I have been working in the field ...now I know why .We have made one small move to getting the bath room done . we brought some wood to make the shower walls !! that has gone into the cellar with the shower, shower tray n tiles ..... looks like I will be living with untilled walls and a crap old shower for a bit longer !!! as his lordship now needs to return to the UK for a week soon as he gets a flight for next week. Still I may put my nagging hat on once he returns !!!My brother has arrived hoping to see him next week for a chat and to see how big his girls have grown. I'm looking forward to that as its been a few years since I saw him. I was going to suggest a picnic at the lac but every I have tried that in the past it rains ...so we will see.I'm trying to think of what else I have been up to apart from a bit of gardening and house work as the weeks go so fast. Dave has been doing more cepe hunting , so its been cepes for breakfast ad dinner !! another thing for the freezer soon....!! that's the trouble with seasonal foods you wait all year for them then your pig sick after a few weeks of eating them ....Still no news on the phone or internet front ....personally I think Dave is putting it off as he is hoping I’ll get bored of playing house in France after a few months and wanna go home .... after 29 years he still knows me so little But once we get some other jobs finished I start on working on that too....... No sign of my bookcase yet either the few books I managed to get over here are still sat in boxes waiting for a new home ......any one would think he was on holiday poor lad.Well Boo has woken and the sun is creeping in over my window ledge so I guess its time for walkies .....Speak to you all soon hope you are all well and happy miss you allPamela Dave Boo Tigger Toliver and Jasper xxxxxx
Good news just yesterday we spotted jasper in our field , it looks like he has made a home in some straw under a old caravan. he ran off when he spotted me , but I will spend some time sat in the field talking to him with some nice smelly food and see if he will come to me .
Been spending the week weeding and clearing many years of mud off a very old stone path that leads from the old ice house to the road , it is now stunning to look at and I have to wonder how old it is .....
Been swimming loads and avoiding drunk women ...thankfully it seems she is asleep most of the day now.
The village was invaded by the army 2 days ago which was a bit of a shock walking up the lane with my dog, watching men with guns , protecting all the gate ways !!! but I guess it was just training for them.
House jobs not getting done much because of the flipping sunshine ;) it keeps dragging me out to the garden !!
Still some one has to do it ....
Still not had chance to get down to visit the smelly old man down the hill but will go and annoy him soon ;))
Take care all xx
[quote user="NormanH"]"Its just so hot here the lac calls me everyday"
I threatened you with the sun just before you moved [:D]
Hope you find your cat
Do you go to my lac at pradelles? were you the nice man with the canoe the other day ?
Chris ...yes we have looked everywhere Im amazed at how kind everyone in the village is , they are all looking out for him even walkers and campers here on holiday have come to ask if we have found him yet . Also many of the chasse have said they have looked in there buildings and while they work ... Im still hoping he may make his way back from where I got him.
John not got any text's from you at all , I have sent you some but from my old sim so I may have your wrong /old number . try texng me again on my english mobile number .
copy of news to friendsHi All.....Another week has passed some of which have reached over 40 on our Terrace which is a sun trap . But I have of coarse been far to busy to sit in the sun !! I have been painting, finally the guest room is done and it looks so nice and clean until Dave starts dumping stuff back in there .....He will be doing it with broken fingers !! Also the back wall of the out side has nearly had one coat ... now some one told me French paint was bad but I never realised how bad until I used my first tin on this wall. It was a massive tin and cost 50e !!! I thought it would easily cover the small back wall of the house but no it didn't and its so thin you can still see the wall through it , so another 50e and I can finish the first coat and do a thin second coat so hopefully it will look painted at least when I'm done as I'm not buying another tin at that price. thankfully I came armed with enough English paint for the inside of the house . The bathroom has got no further mainly because the next move is to take shower out and if any thing goes wrong fitting the new one and we have no shower for a few days in this heat we wont be happy bunnies .... Although I have full confidence in Dave as he has done many before , he’s worried he doesn't have the right tools over here and the fact that the bathroom floor is solid concrete so it all has to go back to the same plumbing as before no room to move it at all.Still taking my daily dip in the lac i need it after a days work, yesterday I met a nice old English chap who was teaching a young French lad how to use a canoe, and they let me have a go , never been in one before , it was great fun and I want one now , hard work keeping it going straight , but it would be great upper arm work out I think , get rid of these flabby chicken wings that have appeared since I became 50 !!!I'm constantly distracted from my work by some of the most amazing bugs n beetles they come is all shapes sizes and colours here and always seem to want to be where I'm working !! Bet they are MEN ones always under my feet !! Also the amount of butterflies here is incredible and lizards, toads the size of footballs ..... Its Pamela heaven here, I often think of my self as a old Gerald Durrell from my family and other animals, so you can see why the jobs are getting done slowly. Dave has done a fantastic job on the shutters which are now lavender to match my lavender plants in the garden. He has finished the garden side and now has the front of the house to do which is garage doors and 2 massive shutters that are high up. the builder has promised to come and help him take them down as it will need a few men I think as they are big. Still the garage doors will keep him busy for a while lots of sanding needed there. He has also been strimming in the field (anything to stay away from the bathroom ) and constantly on the mend of the fly nets as Tigger has decided they can be walked through so everyone of the expensive fly window net frames he made now have Tigger sized holes in them all . He is funny ... If Tigger is wanting to go out then Tigger goes out and no bit of netting is going to stop him !!!! Poor Dave pulls his hair out over it .Still no sign of poor Jasper , but I have been amazed by people in the village who have read the posters and come over to say they are keeping an eye out , even some of the local hunters who have a bad name for shooting cats in France have stopped cars as they drive past to say they have been looking . Lots of local kids and kids from the camp site have said they are looking and I have had many a not happy cat dragged from its afternoon snooze to be presented at my door,black ones,tabby ones,white ones and some times even ginger ones but none of them Jasper. Even through there is a massive photo of him on the posters . Ah Well............. I just hope he is enjoying his freedom he certainly has lots to feed off around here with all the barns an fields to hunt in. I have never had a cat who didn't want to live with me before normally they are lining up outside to come in. Dave and I were saying just the other evening how spoil our animals are , as we were squeezed onto one cushion of the one sofa , while Tigger had the whole other cushion to himself and boo had the whole other sofa to her self .... Still how can you move them while they are sleeping I could never be that meanCherries and apricots are in abundance in the shops at the mo my 2 favourite fruits, My neighbour and the local farmer have also been bringing me loads so I have been halving , destoning and freezing them all as you can only keep them for a few days in this heat but i will have plenty for my smoothies in the winter . or stewed on top of yogurt later when they aren't around any more. Do you have any Idea how long it takes to to de-stone a crate of cherry and apricots??? agesI really must get some thing done with my hair , as I look like a mad woman... been hacking and chopping eveytime itgetshot and its all sun bleached and grey roots nearly as long as the cloured bits. yet to try a French hairdresser but they cant do a worse job than it looks now. Also badly need my legs waxing , I must find time and spend a day pampering my self.Well its now half five in the morning and the sun is nearly up, so I'm off to make some coffee and maybe a P/Nut butter Kit Kat and then walk Boo before it gets to hot for her . I love the early mornings here its so quiet and a day seems so full of promise ....We still have done nothing about phone or internet ....ah one day. So my emails will all be sent at once on our next trip out to civilisation .....Oh OK Mac Donald's can you call it that ??? and no I don't eat there just lurk in the car park for free Wi-Fi. We generally go once a week so replies may be slow in coming back to you ..... But I do miss you all and will come down from my mountain soon and see you all again I promiseLots of Love Pamela Dave Boo Tigger n Toliver ....xx xx x