Lost/Perdu Black Labrador

Hector_olympus Lost/Perdu - Black Labrador called Hector.

We are desperately seeking Hector our Black Labrador dog. He touched an electric fence yesterday morning at about 11am and we have not seen him since. He is obviously very frightened by the experience and probably very disoriented.

If you live in the area of Monflanquin/Piis or have passed this way on the date 17th/18th April and have seen a pure black Labrador we would appreciate a call.

00 33 0553 01 26 14 philip.voice@tiscali.fr.

It is so out of character for him to leave the property and we feel sure that he would have had to walk/run at least a mile in the direction he left to reach a road or property.
need him back.

We searched yesterday expecting to find him hiding in a barn or a dark corner as he often does if he thinks he has done wrong. Today we are just going to the Vets in Monflanquin and the police station.
Later we are printing out some leaflets to pin to trees and posts.

If anyone knows of his whereabouts please please call us.

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French Unemployment

Unemployment in France has declined by one this morning as I have become gainfully employed again.

Well officially I was never un-employed because I had not signed on and I did not receive benefits.

Being Friday the 13th it might not be a good time to start my job (hee hee) luckily I am not too superstitious  but touch wood all will be fine.

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ADSL problems

I am delighted that we are now back on line with our ADSL but the whole process of getting assessed and being dealt with has been less than satisfactory.

I admit, my lack of understanding using the telephone helpline is a big part of the problem and if I spoke fluent French this maybe would not have dragged on so long.

But, and it is a big big but!!! Tiscali need to put in place some serious customer care pipeline progress facility.
I must have had to go through the same procedure on forty separate occasions just to tell them that this was an ongoing problem and not new.

They seemed intent on making sure the lights were illuminated on the router/modem when we had already established it was a different event.

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A lone Swallow

We have all heard the saying "one Swallow does not make a summer" but we all know when they start to arrive then summer is sure to follow soon after.

We have had a lone swallow here all week but today I noticed a second and a third arrive. It seems to have coincided with a dramatic change in the weather and we now have warm sunshine and clear skies.

Long may this last.

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Relaxing at the weekend.

Table_001Come Friday lunchtime, after I had poured the second step to the top barn I threw the towel in. Fairly tired and in need of a break I decided to knock some wood about.

Mark and I have a plan to do a car boot sale this summer so we will need some stock to sell. With this in mind I wanted to make a small table.

Normally I personally do not like contemporary that much but decided on this occasion to make something with straight lines and without paint to show off the grain.

Just a coat of clear wax.

I am rather pleased with the results but a long way to go to perfect even some of the basic skills.

Good fun never the less.

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Planting out the Poplars

Poplar Do you remember when I took about twenty Poplar cuttings and planted them in March 2005?
Well they thrived and now they are a range of heights from 5-12 feet and I decicided last Sunday that if I could not lift them before the leaves opened and the weather became too warm then they would probably be too difficult and large for me to lift in the future.

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Welcome to our first guests

Ducks_on_pool_002 It was a pleasure to welcome our first guests for the season although the weather didn't extend the same courtesy. It tipped down for the four days and three nights that they were here.

However, it did not stop them getting out and about and to be honest we saw very little of them.

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Coiled Spring

Spring_002_1 We are hovering on the edge of springtime and it is a very pleasing feeling.

Yesterday, on out visit to the Doctors, Fleur and I saw this Prune in full flower although the rest of the orchard looked pretty dormant.
I am not sure if this means that they are there for some kind of pollination stimulation or not. (anyone knows the answer let me know)

The ducks are mating like crazy and the eggs are getting more frequent too. When the weather warm even more we will let the hens sit so that we can have some chicks.

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Starting over

The stress and the excitement is nowhere near the same as the 20th July 2006 but never the less the deadline for the first guests of the season looms large and we are preparing for Friday when it will all start again.

We are looking forward to it again but the little jobs need to be done before 7pm on Friday evening so I have been running around like Tommy Walsh with my battery drill and step ladders.

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Sure as eggs is eggs

Eggs_002 Jemima and the Puddleducks are obviously well settled in now and to prove their point one of the little darlings (best said in a Dame Edna Everage voice) laid us an egg.

We are hoping that this spring we will hear the patter of tiny webbed feet but on this occasion it was not to be as the egg had gone cold.

I guess it will end up in a cake mix or on a piece of toast so all is not lostEggs_003.

Just hope the trend continues.

The little blighter's are also getting cocky. If I am late with the morning or evening feed they form a procession up to the house until one of them panics and they hot foot it back to the pond.

Its quite funny really.

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