On the 6.30am Flight Gatwick – Toulouse
We bounded out of bed at 4am to lovely day and zoomed down to Gatwick in record time, just 45 minutes from the time we left home to parking the car. I commented to David that ‘one of these day’s we’ll come a cropper leaving so little time to check in’, but thankfully, today wasn’t that day. Its spring bank holiday weekend in the UK and miraculously the weather is set to be generally sunny, even more miraculously (for us) the weather prediction in France has improved dramatically during the week from a forecast for full on rain every day, to rain today only with the rest of the long weekend looking sunny and fine. We have some friends arriving this evening, George and Sabrina – they will be with us in time for drinks.
I’ve got plans this weekend, big plans! By the time we leave on Monday I aim to have laid turf to the right and the left of the gates at the back of La Martinié as based on a conversation that I had with Steff earlier in the week it appears that the box of grass seed that I sprinkled the last time we were there hasn’t come to anything. The conversation went like this – ME: “How’s my grass growing to the right and left of the gates Steffie” STEFF: What grass? ME: Oh, I poured two boxes of grass seed down a month ago…. STEFF: Well there’s no signs of it!
Last time we were there I spent hours raking over the soil, moving a ton of bricks, rubble and other objects from the ground, pulling up weeds and doing everything that the grass seed box told me to do before liberally sprinkling the stuff, only for it to remain an unsightly brown bit of earth. So, instead of hiring the usual car I’ve hired David a van to drive with the intention of filling it with lovely turf for this weekends “Turf & Lavender Project”. Steff has given me rough (very rough) directions of a turf place in Toulouse so that is to be our first port of call after leaving the airport. I guess it would have been good to actually measure the area to be turfed before buying it but David and I have never let a small detail like that deter us from jumping the gun and buying whatever it was we needed without knowing exactly how much was required! So, watch this space for what I hope will be a dramatic improvement to the outside of our house.
Other excitements this weekend is the delivery of a lovely new rug for our bedroom following the demise of the previous one after a log hopped out of the wood-burner and burned the edge and all the fringes off, and the garage, which Allen is building for us being up to roof height.
David has spoken to Yan this week and asked him to bring the pool out of its winter state, add a load of nice friendly chemicals and put the pump on again, so at some point over the weekend the water will begin to clear and gurgle, and will remain gurgley and sparkly until its put to bed for the winter.
I love going down to La Martinié at this time of year when spring has really taken hold, the weather is warming up, the bistros and boutiques in Cordes are open and La Martinié begins to come out of her winter slumber. This time of year is our peace and serenity time, before we have to hand La Martinié over to our summer guests and say goodbye to her until the autumn. But less of that, we are about to land and I’m hoping that in a few hours time we will be heading for La Martinié with a van full of luscious green turf.