Unbelievably now that we have crept over the edge into 2014 it has taken till the 10th of Jan to stop and take stock on the madness that was 2013...a chilly start to the year gave way to the formation of the new Stables Room and then the guests started arriving in May and we waved off the last of the skiers returning home from the mountains early Jan and here we are today!!
It has been a great year!
No profound predictions or premonitions of the year ahead will be found here but as we go into the year of the 100th anniversary of the 'Battle of the Marne' which occured on our doorstep, and will be commemorated in style in September, we reflect on 'our lot' and feel lucky to be able to spend time in this gorgeous part of France that has seen many dark days...the huge, some would say 'grotesque', memorial that the locals refer to as 'Le Carrot' looks down over our village of Oyes from Mondemont on the hill and is a steady brisk walk or cycle ride from our house...well worth a visit for a moment of reflection...
|the view from The Monument|
|looking up at The Monument|
|Stables early days...|
|Stables mid building|
And now is a fully functional B and B room that looks like this....the polished concrete floors work brilliantly as does the plywood walls and roof...a lovely modern space while retaining the character and history of the previous occupants...the small patio area out the double doors have proved a popular spot for catching the sunset with a glass of something chilled and a good book!
|New Stables Room|
|The new room is off the courtyard just beyond the umbrella|
Hope to see you here more often this year....but for now it is time for some quiet...time to finish the gardening, make marmalade and soap and chill by the fire with the cat before the next wave of guests arrive!
|My homemade soap!|