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Long over due….

Yes, a long while since I got the spare time to sit and think about another blog post.

To be fair , as far as the actual building process goes it’s all been very quiet…
Money has been the responsible for that….

The whole world is affected by Budgets, some work some don’t , but I have to make this one work…. There is no get out of jail card.
It’s all been manual labour tasks this past month, trying to clear the ” garden ” … It’s more of a Weedery than a garden…
And parts of that weedery are nearly five feet tall… !!!

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The Strimmer is the weapon of choice to try and keep on top of the ones in front of the house.

More clearing of the accumulated soil on the hard stand close to the Studio Block, this has taken a long time owing to the shallow root system of the ivy / nettles / brambles & rat grass… But it’s getting there…

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It may not look much in the image, but the bit that’s back to concrete hardstand is around 1000 Msq….. !!!!!

Other tasks > clearing the roof of the studio block…
Not quite as bad as I thought it might be, but still took two days…!

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AND the clearing of the soil / root / weeds & stones ( bricks blocks & rubble ) from the front of the studio block, the bit that I need to extend the building to 8M wide. So I can put the new supports in place concreted / bolted to the existing wall..

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Back breaking work… And in between all of this graft was D-day….!!!

Next blog post will be about the shots I achieved over that week..
In the mean time…
Take it easy… Put your feet up and enjoy the Sun …

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Catch you on the Flip Side.

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Key Inspection ….

Well, we are in France & that Most Certainly brings Officialdom & Red a Tape to the fore….

Today was a Red Letter Day though…. A Very Special Red Tape Officialdom Day..

The Electrical Consuel, ( the only building inspector that I need to get a certificate off ) arrived, spent 35 minutes going through 32 plug sockets. & 6 radiator boxes. 6 TV points & 6 telephone points ( don’t get me started on jobs for the boys !!!!!!! ) 11 lights & one Oven connection…!

Every single line was checked, he almost had a Tartan Fit ( how very Scottish of me ) when he discovered the Water Tank in the Comblé ( learning new French words Daily ) attic….! And that it was above some of the Electric junction boxes….

But seeing as he had never seen that before, HE had no rules or regulations to fall back on to say NO….. So he was left with no choice but to PASS the Building AS Safe… 🙂

Certificate in Hand, ( the Sparkies Hands as he needs a copy so he can supply US with his 10 year guarantee on his work ) and a copy of it ready to go to ERDF ( the mains elec supplier ) to complete the Paperwork for the permanent supply…:-)

All We need now is the Devis ( estimate ) to arrive from ERDF & to get them paid upfront & then the work done within two & a half months… & things are almost All Singing / All Dancing…

Well, Apart from the half dozen other complications of a staggered build process 🙂

A Rather Talented Strawberry Blonde Friend of mine once said to me ” Small Steps forward & you will get there…. ” then he went off to go bang the Tubs & play some Rock n Roll………

Today was a big step, a great step, it’s good to be going forward 🙂

Last week saw my Wife finally arrive here for a bit of a holiday…
The first time together in @ 4 & 1/2 months… Some HUGE changes since saw the place..
But it was TimeFor a week of rest & taking pooch out for fun…
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Beach & Forrest… 🙂

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West coast beach @ Pirou, must have been @ 10Km + to ourselves…!!!
Joyous…

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Lessay Forrest…
Pine cones & Squirrels GALORE….

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Her BEST Cesear Romero impression….. 🙂


All work & no play….?

A very popular proverb.??? Or a reality.?

After managing to hit several key deadlines & achieved lots of work, along with one very bored pooch and the desperate need for at least a weekend off, I took the weekend off.

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As you can see , awesome changes… Early Sept 2013 > Late Feb 2014…

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The fact I hadn’t gotten out and about with a camera ( apart from the iPhone one ) for absolutely weeks was annoying me… The above shot being iPhoneography…:-).
Best camera to use is the one you have to hand… And it was long overdue that the Workhorse camera went out & about…
The above shot was taken 200 yards from the front door on a Walkies with pooch…

Well, it was Superb weather all week & this weekend is due to be awesome too… So WE downed tools on Saturday afternoon, returned the ceiling plasterboard Lift to the Sparky, which I was lucky he left with me, or more likely he wanted the lights fitted so he could finish & get the ” Consuiel ” inspector organised to certify the work so he could be paid…:-)

There WAS only one place to head to on a glorious Saturday afternoon for a wander & chill out with the pooch…
UTAH Beach… 17 miles from the house…

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And a bottle of local cider & long tall bowl of cold water for pooch were very welcome after a three hour romp along the open sandy beach…

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Been a long overdue blog update too…
Will be really good to get visitors over this year… !!