November/December 2012

November/December 2012
November/December 2012

We finish the last bathroom and move on to the final room in the house – a kitchen for the large gite. Another floor and ceiling to do, but at least it is the last one. Dramatic news as we are summoned to the Mairie (town hall), to hear that our submission to the town plan has been accepted. This clears the way to complete the house and open as a bed and breakfast in 2013, after four years of work and worry! We also arrange for security fencing to protect the rear of the house, and get the local carpenter to come back to finish some jobs after a two year wait! Our focus is now less on renovation work but on the practicalities of opening a business – French regulations, publicity, planning. A local B&B owner has offered to help us get started. It is all very real now.

November and December are quiet months, with generally good weather. The crag martens have returned, and flocks of finches (goldfinches and greenfinches), rock bunting and stonechat, with sightings too of sparrowhawk, peregrine, buzzard, booted eagle but no eagle owl at present. However, the almond tree is in bud, the rosemary is flowering and we are preparing for 2013.