November/December 2013

November/December 2013
November/December 2013
November/December 2013

The good weather continues well into November, with 25 degrees up to the middle of the month and a flurry of visitors, (our last visitors arrive on foot in a gale, after a blustery 20+km hike from the gite at Col D'Oulliat).

After the 15th a sharp change of temperature and strong winds arrive and we close the gite for the winter. We may look at staying open longer in future, but there would need to be extra heating, and it may not be worth while doing. We work hard to clear more of the land around the house to make a better fire break, and we go up regularly to check out the cats. David heads off to Toulouges for a day’s training to get the Permis D’Exploitation de Chambres D’Hotes, which will in turn allow us to apply for a licence to sell alcohol to our visitors. The course has 14 participants and covers many aspects of running a bed and breakfast operation, from licensing laws to fire safety, food hygiene and prostitution.

Wildlife is quiet, with our usual residents and winter visitors, enlivened by visits from crag martins, and occasional raptors (booted eagle, and short toed eagle). A spell of colder weather brings some spectacular lenticular clouds photographed by Linda, who also spends more time painting. Time to reflect on a first season in which we have learned a lot, made many new friends, improved our French and transformed from being builders to being hosts and caterers. We head off to UK for Christmas and even before the new year turns, the bookings start to arrive for 2014.