Monday, 18 April 2011

18th April 2011

Another week of beautiful weather! It has been a pleasure to continue working outside in the sun, in temperatures that are not too exhausting! We can happily tick a few more jobs off our list. Dave has laid the Pyrenees Suite patio, and the plumbing is also done and dusted. After several more days of digging and preparation and the promise of a few more dry days to come, the pool was finally ready for its screed. Neil (screeder extraordinaire!) came to help us today, and Jean Paul helped with the mixing of the mortar. I was the wheelbarrow girl!

It was very satisfying indeed to be able to cover the mud base and finally see the pool taking shape.

Yesterday, we were thrilled to be able to welcome Sarah and Simon Cobb, our friends from New Zealand and Simon's parents to La Maire. (photo above!). It was lovely to see them all and a real treat for us to take a relaxing afternoon off! It was also an incredible coincidence to discover that they are staying at Claire and Tim's gite, 'Le Marin' at the village of Bellegarde near Carcassonne. This was where we spent two very happy holidays a couple of years ago before househunting in the area. We discovered that Simon and Tim's parents had been friends for years. It really does seem like a small world at times!

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