This year has absolutely flown by - seems like only yesterday we were wilting in 40 degree heat and here we are with the heating on thinking about Christmas. The good news is that after many visits from the plumber, much head-shaking and the occasional flood at the beginning of the year, the underfloor heating is now doing exactly what it says on the tin - and very nice it is too!
September was an exciting time for Ozzy (although that may not be the word that he'd choose). In a brief flurry of activity over a 2 week period he learned about travelling in a cage in the car (not popular!), getting stuck with needles by the vet (tolerable), being relieved of his manhood (indifferent) and spending a week in a cattery (confusing). He remains totally bonkers and is an endless source of entertainment - albeit a rubbish blogger.
So, what have we been doing with ourselves? Marc has been busy putting together a fortnightly radio show for one of the local stations. You can have a listen here: www.antenne-d-oc.fr/Britdoc
We have had guests in La Maison and also in the B&B, The pool and the Safari tent have been put to bed for the winter and the grass just keeps on growing. October was gloriously sunny so it was an opportunity to finally get around to making a start on the vegetable garden. We've been busy thinking about next summer and rewriting our advertising - there will be some changes on the campsite and also additional outside "private" space for our B&B guests. Our website is next for a makeover, so look out for some changes there too.
There is some great garden inspiration to be seen locally - the scarecrow competition in Montcuq was great - I particularly like the first one!
Still, you know what they say about all work and no play - there have been visits from family and friends and even a quick trip back to the UK where we became unnecessarily well acquainted with the rail network due to some confusion over the requisite documents needed to obtain a hire car :-(
The summer tourists may have all gone home, but there is still plenty going on here. The local town certainly made a big effort to entertain the kids at Halloween. I don't think either of us have ever been to a Halloween party in our lives, but we went to 2 this year. The standard of dressing up was spookily high - just a shame the rain intervened to cause the late cancellation of the ghost train.
On a startlingly hot day in late October we went to visit Bamboo Park - they too were gearing up for Halloween - slightly incongruous in such bright sunshine! Sadly, we found out that the park is closing after this season - such a shame as it is very beautiful. There is a ruined house in the grounds which would be "ideal for the DIY enthusiast".......
The local markets are bursting with seasonal produce - very colourful - and we have, of course continued our tireless research into local restaurants.............