So we're back in Brittany and all wrapped up for the wintry weather!
We arrived back on Tuesday 10th January after a smooth overnight ferry crossing from Portsmouth to St Malo.
It's always a bit chaotic when we first arrive!
Lots of unpacking, cleaning and sorting.....
.....whilst trying to warm the place up with the gas fire.....
Our arrival was not made easier by the fact that the pantry had been taken over by cute furry animals...mice! We had to empty it completely, clean it thoroughly and throw lots of food away. We have taken some temporary measures to stop them and have decided that the back wall of pantry is now a priority for renovation. This back wall is also the farmhouse wall and is boarded only by old insulation batts. The mice have been entering the pantry via holes in the stone wall and holes they have chewed in the insulation! We now plan on removing the insulation, making good the stone wall behind and then boarding the wall to stop the mice gaining access. Wish us luck!
In the meantime I have had to find other places to store our foodstuffs!
Another little problem we encountered on our return was concerning the wood panelling that we had installed during the summer. The cottage is always quite damp when we return especially at this time of the year. The damp has affected the panelling on the bedroom ceiling causing the wood to expand and protrude and even fall down in one place.
Another job on the list then! Renovating the renovation work!
Max, you look very cosy there but shouldn't you be off catching mice?!!
No way, he says, I'm nearly 18 years of age and I only go mousing for pleasure, when it's warm outside and when I feel like it!!
Despite the couple of little hiccups on arrival, it didn't take long to get the cottage spic and span and cosy and warm inside.
We haven't had as much snow as in this picture but we did have a smattering overnight.
Generally the weather has been pretty cold with lots of rain. Yesterday, when we went for a walk with Spencer, there was a gorgeous blue sky.....
...and, when we returned from our walk, there was a pretty rainbow at the end of the barn.
When it's too cold outside and I've had enough of cleaning, I do some crochet!
So lovely to have your company again!