Is it really the middle of December?!
Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
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The last two weeks here at La Forge have been a wonderful, relaxing but motivational start to our travels. It's difficult now to sum it up. We've been made to feel so welcome the whole time by Peter and Julie, and have had a lot of fun! In terms of 'work', we've made rustic furniture for the kitchen (ceiling clothes rack, shoe rack, wellie boot rack), hauled hay around, chopped trees and built raging bonfires, assembled a polytunnel that managed to survive some bloody fierce wind, made paper pots, and spent far too many hours trying to make Brian the van more watertight
During our time in this beautiful part of France, we have also met some of Peter and Julie's lovely neighbours; other escapees from the rat race who are now building lives as nearly self-sufficient smallholders on stunning pieces of land. All of them are an inspiration, and our host's advice and take on life in particular has been fascinating and provided some valuable input into the development of our own dreams for the future. I have a list in my diary of several wonderful books from their bookshelves that I have dipped into whilst here and now need to get my hands on and read properly over the next couple of years; books with titles like "Handy farm devices", "The woodland way", and "Cottage economy". In return, we have shared bushcraft, tracking and woodsman books that we are carrying with us, and Alex has been tutoring Julie in some bushcraft techniques!
We also spent a lot of time making friends with the beautiful cats and dogs. Some of whom may accidentally find themselves press-ganged into a life aboard Brian the van if separation is too traumatic for me. I make no apology for the large number of cat and dog photos below; they are exceptionally lovely and loving, and have provided too many hours of cuddles to count. Even the big bad dogs (ahem) have endured a lot of hugs
I can't believe it's nearly Christmas, and that we'll be in Portugal in a week. We were hoping quite naturally for a warmer Christmas than we're used to, but rather ironically the weather forecast in Portugal is not looking too promising. It's definitely milder than the UK but rain....? Wind....? Bugger :-)
So, in conclusion, it has been very difficult to sum up our time here. It's just been wonderful, and we will miss this place, the animals and our lovely hosts. But it's time to carry on with our journey. The pictures below will hopefully give you an idea of what life has been like at La Forge!
Oh, and as most of you reading this are English, we thought we'd better mention the weather. We've had wind, rain, sunshine, and this evening the beginnings of snow! So there you go.
Love, Laura and Alex