This is it!

Two years ago this week we first saw Quatre Chemins.  Tomorrow, our first paying guests arrive to rent the house!  What a two years it has been!

In preparation for the six and a half weeks of rentals, the last month has been about working through a 3 page list of snagging jobs – the little jobs left over while the main work was going on.  So, it’s been all hands turning to.  Visitors this month included Dadad and my brother, and they have worked their passage! Thanks to them we are on schedule and good to go!

Painting all the internal doors and door frames.
Animal husbandry
Grounds maintenance!

The last week has been spent moving out of the house into the gite – taking out all of our personal possessions.  Quart into pint pot!  My “dressing room” is now the back of the barn beyond the gite, and most of my clothing is in a stack of labelled boxes – hopefully spider proof!  Then it was the big clean.  Many army march-outs were good preparation.  QC is now immaculate – walls repainted where necessary and the floors rewaxed.  All the new crockery, glasses etc are in the cupboards – all matching! I have rented too many French houses for holidays where there hasn’t been a cup or glass that matched another one, and the furniture looked as though it had just come from a vide grenier. QC is not in that category!  I just hope they like it.

Trying out the new crockery – no prizes for guessing the colour scheme!

Friends who have their own property maintenance and gite handover business came last night to kindly give QC the once over and offer advice.  We passed! So – bring it on!  I have to admit to being a bit nervous – I think QC is fabulous and is as good as we can make it, but….. you just never know. Nowt so queer as folks! So, fingers crossed!

As Facebook reminded me today, with photos of 2 years ago, here are some from then – and now!

  

 

So, we are READY!!!!!

Part of our welcome pack – for humans
Welcome pack for dog guests. (Fabulous homemade healthy treats courtesy of Amanda Givans)

 

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Judith Jenkins

I have just given up teaching to move to France and run a smallholding. I taught Biology and Environmental Studies at a private school in North Yorkshire. We lived just outside Thirsk, which, at last count, was house number 10. My husband, Rod, was initially in the military, so we have moved around quite a bit, spending 5 years in Germany. Ironically, we never lived in France! We have 3 sons, the youngest left home this summer and has gone out to Australia to join our middle son there. The eldest is a teacher in Buckinghamshire. We have had a number of animals – sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and pets – horses, cats and dogs. (Not all were for the freezer! )

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