Friday, 11 July 2014

Stopping the girls from going AWOL

These are our front gates, and here is Lester fixing them. And the reason why they have to be fixed is that a year or so ago the lock broke, but the gates could still be closed although force was needed to do so.

And then we got two rottweiller girls. Now they can't open the gates, but others do by exerting a force sufficient to push those gates apart, and those 'others' are people who are known to the girls, so the girls just wag their tales in delight at having visitors and think how nice it is for people to come and visit them, meanwhile keeping an eye on the open gates through which they will sneak when no one is looking, one of their most favourite occupations being to have a jolly jaunt down the lane.

So, time to get the gates sorted, and time for Lester to get some of his new tools out. Wahoooo! There was a time when he didn't even own a hammer. As for screwdrivers, he used to raid my sewing box and 'borrow' the ones I used for my sewing machine. But now, wow, he even has tools which have leads attached! 

Job done. Gates re-hung, and new lock fitted. Now all we have to remember is where we put the key, there being only one key which came with the lock, and we really should get another key cut, but we don't know where we can get that done, so I wait with interest to see how long it is before the key is lost!!!! 

The girls still went AWOL though, doing so through the jumble of block bricks and 'gate' across the other entrance to the courtyard, the gate not being fixed, just leaning, sometimes even falling down. So, time to get this gate sorted out as well. It is the first step in the 'Move  the Chickens and Geese out of the courtyard' Project as well. 

But this is no garden gate project, because at some time in the past this entrance / exit has held quite a considerably sized gate as can be seen by the ancient hinge still sitting at head height on the surviving gate post. Lester has to build a new gate post, and here he is making a start. And it has to be a sturdy job because the gates which are going to be hung there are the same as the ones in the front, and anything flimsy will tip over with the weight of the gates. 

We did have a pillar once, but it fell down, assisted to do so by the boot of our builder's brother, when he was up on the roof of the Half Barn supposedly getting the new roof done, but obviously needing to have a bit of a play around in between times, which was a shame because the pillar was made of some handsome chunks of stone, which are now going to be replaced by grey block bricks and cement. Ah well, not to worry, Lester said he was going to cover over the new wall with a rendering to match the house. Which will be good practice for him, because the whole of the front of the house and the front walls of the Tall Barn all need rendering as well. the way, in the background you can see the front entrance which still has its original wooded gates in situ, or rather one gate in situ, the other one having fallen off just after we arrived. And to the left is the kitchen caravan, and the green tarpaulin covered mound which is where the freezer and sundry other of our possession were being stored. This was 2009. The caravan and gate are long gone, but that freezer is still working.

And here is how far Lester has got. At the moment there seems to be a whole load of half finished jobs around the place, both inside and out, but the rottweiller girls need to be contained before they get into the habit of wandering off. A bit of a prob though, because Lester has just realised that the gates we bought are slightly too big, so we have decided to put those across the drive (to stop the geese and chickens from romping up and down the lane), and buy the slightly narrower three metre wide gates, which we shall go and buy next week.

And as an added bonus, that new wall is going to provide us with better flood defences should the river flood again. Last winter it came just in front of where those two block bricks which are lying against the new wall. Already I am looking at making sandbags, just in case.

So off to bed now, or rather, off to the settee! Been sleeping on the settees these last few nights because the mattress broke a spring so it went off to the local tip, leaving us with no sleeping accommodation apart from two very uncomfortable settees. Not to worry, have taken the opportunity to thoroughly clean / de-cobweb the bed area, and seem to have got a bit of a steam up in regards to getting things sorted out, so have carried on and am, at the moment, going through all our clothes, books, and other stuff, ruthlessly throwing out / recycling anything which is not absolutely necessary to have, or wear. Which might be because of having to sleep all kinked up, Lester having the three seater settee to sleep on, with me having the two seater. Ah well, not to worry. It's nice having a super duper clear out, and it is nice to see things looking shiny and clean even if they are not going to stay that way for longer than a couple of days!

Now, what is the French word for mattress, and where do we buy a mattress from, and oh strooth, it is a long weekend here, so we shall be on those settees for at least another four or five nights.

Hope you all have a good night's sleep. I shall be thinking of you as I sleep with my legs hanging off the end of the settee. But oh won't I be a happy girl when I am back in my bed again! Nothing like going without something to make one appreciate the value of that something when it comes back into one's life again.

Bye for now,



John Gray said...

I hate going to bed upstairs at the moment
It's too hot..... Old cottages retain the heat under the eaves
I slept wonderfully on the couch the other night..with just meg

rusty duck said...

It sounds like a nightcap may be in order. Baileys?

Horst in Edmonton said...

Hi Vera, all you have to do is search google translate and you can translate any language you like. I've done that many times. I'd be in bad shape if I didn't have my bed. The French word for mattress is Matelas

Fred said...

Hi Vera. You can by a mattress and take it away same day from SuperU in Maubourguet.

Vera said...

John, you must have quite a big settee if Meg can get on it with you! The settee I sleep just about manages with me on it!

Jessica, the Bailey bottle is long gone, but we do have a nightcap of hot goats milk. Not the same thing though!

Horst, Google translate is such a blessing to us, and thanks for letting me know the French word for mattress before I went searching that translation tool. Hope you are well.

Fred, thanks! Was going to go down to SuperU today but it would mean getting the big remoque out to put it in, so have just been on to Amazon France and bought one from there, although it does mean that we shall be on those settees for a few more nights. Are you here in France? Haven't seen you both for what seems like ages. Hope you are both well. Your chickens are looking good! Vx

Niall & Antoinette said...

I was going to suggest Amazon France as you'll get delivery but you beat me to it. Enjoy the new matelas when it comes :-)

Ohiofarmgirl said...

your property is SO amazing! wow! and hope you keep those girls contained!

Rhodesia said...

A new matelas will be a blessing I am sure, enjoy. Take care Diane

Vera said...

Niall & Antoinette, I shall indeed look forward to the new mattress, and my back is as well!

OhioFarmGirl, we are keeping a close eye on our rotty girls, and they are spending a couple of hours each morning out in the sheep paddock, which seems to stop them from wanting to wander off. Or it might be a ploy on their part!

Diane, hi! Hope you are enjoying your time away from writing blogs, as well as keeping a close eye on the Tour de France!