When I first thought about writing this blog I thought about the things we do and writing about them, I didn’t really think about how you start until I sat in front of the computer. I could start with why we wanted to move to France and how we managed to do it, then take you through our lives in France so far, but that would make for a very long blog so I’ve decided that I’ll fill that detail in as we go along.
Currently we live at Les Soudieres, 1.4 hectares of countryside with a lake, or a pond, depending on your point of view. Either way it’s about an acre of water surrounded by trees.
In fact there are a lot of trees on the property and as anyone who has trees knows that means a lot of ‘managing’. We started this job with Andy and Maggy, friends who come out for Christmas bring chainsaws, billhooks etc., as you do when you are going on holiday! One cold (for cold read freezing) sunny morning last week we de decided we needed to finish taking down the Populars at the very edge of the lake, one of which was very tall and leaning slightly over the lake towards the electricity cables – what could possibly go wrong?
We are not as rash as that makes us sound, just out of sight in this photo is a mini tractor with a winch and Steve is about to secure a wire high up in the tree so I can winch it as he cuts. We have also left the smaller trees along the edge of the lake so that if I can’t winch it fast enough they will stop it falling in the lake.
Well I wasn’t able to winch fast enough but the trees did their job and as you can see below it’s on the deck and not in the lake and the electricity is still connected too!
They say with wood it warms you twice, once when you cut it and again when you burn it.
The twiggy bits are put through the chipper, always my best friend when we are doing tree work – the alternative is several trips to the tip, plus we put the chippings on the paths to keep them mud and weed free.
The bigger logs are stacked in metre lengths to season, the best place to stack them is between two trees.
The problem is that the best distance is also the best distance for a hammock. Now given that the lake is frozen and it’s pretty darn cold, we’re not going to hang a hammock, but you do need to plan ahead. As you can see we found the perfect spot #goodlifeproblems.