Sunday, February 24, 2008

Weather Disruptions

Well, the weather these last few weeks has been absolutely glorious here at Domaine de Fumel with temperatures in the low 20s. Grass cutting is well underway and trees have started showing their new leaves with the daffodils bobbing underneath.

This has naturally precluded sitting here at the computer updating this blog: however, needs must and an update here follows.

Upstairs in La Ferme, the bathroom tiling is now complete and awaits grouting: pictures to follow once this is done. Benefitting from the fine weather, works has begun on the passageway through La Ferme, which will link the parking to the swimming pool area, thereby obviating the need for our holidaymakers to go round other gites to access the pool. This work has meant demolishing the original doorway to enlarge the opening: the reveals are then being rebuilt with new corner stones, which will make the passageway appear like the original building and not a man-made doorway.
You can see here the initial demolition of the right hand reveal and in the foreground, the collection of corner stones ready for its rebuild, together with the doorway to the "Pitstop". Pitstop, which was put into service last year with great success (as some of you already know), is a small area where holidaymakers who arrive on early flights into Bergerac can put their suitcases, prepare sandwiches and make a cup of tea, whilst their gite is prepared: similarly, those who will leave on late flights can vacate their gite in the morning but stay at Domaine de Fumel until ready to leave. Pitstop also has a small bathroom with w.c and wash hand basin, equipped with mirror and hair-dryer. All in all a perfect solution to the problems of precise timing of arrival and departure and getting the gites prepared.
Time will have to be spent on getting our "Themed" holidays underway. We have started with our proposed "Walking Holidays" (see the link on our Web page) and we are thinking of doing some wine tour holidays, coupled with tasting other locally grown and made specialities of the region. Your comments here would be helpful.

That's all folks 'til the next time

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