Right around at the back of the farmhouse we have a gite, it used to be a separate property owned I gather by a couple from Paris. When they wanted to sell, the previous owners of the farmhouse bought it, it makes sense to own all the property so that it stands within its own land and is self contained.
With the works at the farmhouse beginning we have decided to move into the gite, it really has been like moving house, again! The gite has stood empty for the last year, we have not really focused our attention on it as we have been busy furnishing the farmhouse and planning the renovations. It will be good to experience living there for this house too will need some renovation work in time and I think by living in it we will better understand what needs to be done.
Although built at the same time the gite has a very different feel to the farmhouse, it is much more of a quirky cottage. It has an amazing bread oven which I would really like to get working, I can imagine using it for a pizza party or just for making bread. Part of the gite encompasses the old pig pens which have now been turned into a bathroom. We have been busy switching on fridges, checking cookers work and getting the tv and internet sorted out. It is now beginning to look really cosy. We need to get the wood stoves working and then we will really feel at home.
We are meeting with the electrician tomorrow to discuss the re-wiring of the farmhouse, checking the electrical plan and making sure we have thought of everything electrical. It has meant a last minute look at our bathroom plans too, ensuring all the sanitary ware is in the right place for the electrics.
The sun is shining this afternoon and the grass is being cut. We still have quite a few leaves to fall. However the fig leaves have mainly dropped leaving a few random figs on bare branches. We are debating when to cut the plum trees and have decided to leave it a few weeks, I would hate to loose those trees, they are my main source of jam!