Pools and squeaking children, what a lethal combination for any self respecting Border collie.
Since our flock of naughty sheep have become experts on escaping at the most inconvenient times we now travel everywhere with Ben. He is pictured above and has always been fascinated by hosepipes in fact by moving water in any format, to the point of obsession. If in fact sheep were made from water then we may well be able to get all our sheep work done rather more quickly than we currently do.
We were out visiting some other friends with a pool the other night and Ben stayed at his post staring at the children splashing for about 3 hours with no break. The following day he was more exhausted than the children and no good to man nor sheep.
We, however, managed to find some energy and muscle power to put some double doors into our house. I knew those in-laws would come in handy. We had a few dodgy moments when the door slipped out of its framework when Gavins fixings didn't quite hold in the intended fashion. Thanks to a judiciously placed behind in front of the door, the door was saved from certain death. Elegant and discreet braces were then positioned while the cement dried.
Always plan your day so that you have enough time to spend explaining your business and how it operates with your new client.
Find out if they are from the area.
Ask what kind of things interest them so you are better able to advise them on your products in the future.
Go through their current purchases with them before they leave so they understand what you have done.
Politely wait for them to leave first and then calmly follow unless they are remaining in the area and then you can dismiss yourself.
Follow up on your intial meeting to make sure everything was to their satisfaction.
Make absolutely, completely and utterly certain that you HAVE NOT OVERCHARGED THEM.
We had a lovely evening out on Saturday last week, returning home quite late and in not too inebriated a state; just tired after my early morning start for the market. The girls rose from the sleep of the living dead somewhere around lunchtime on Sunday amazed that their evil parents had actually let them stay in bed all that time. So, zombie like, Gavin and I were hoping for a peaceful day possibly even for a bit of work on the house. Ho ho ho, should have known better. The sheep had decided it would be an adventurous day. In fact I am suspicious there is some kind of sheep algorithm that calculates proportionally the distance and frequency of travel related to the hour at which the owners return home of an evening. Crafty bunch. So 4 separate lots of sheep, one of which had the audacity to escape twice, and 3 hours wasted plus the feeding time etc it turned out to be a fairly average Sunday.
We have new neighbours..... well the butchery has new neighbours. Yes finally our across the road, holidays only neighbours have bitten the bullet and moved from the bustly, busyness of the UK to the sleepy, hollowness of Eygurande et Gardedeuilh. Although, now I think about it, we live in "Grand Bâtard (Big Bastard to non french speakers) which is opposite "Petit Bâtard" giving me cause to think that maybe Sleepyhollow wasn't always that sleepy;-)
We had a new sausage flavour this week, Spring Onion and Ginger, which seemed to go down well. Emily my big daughter newly passed her code and had her first driving lessons, so we will have a new driver in the midst soon. She is very happy as she has successfully managed to not kill anybody yet. The dog has gone to visit a new girlfriend so there may be the pitter patter of new feet in the not too distant future.
Here is Gavin learning a new skill. I think it is called something like, " working out how to put the walls up in a renovation project that has no square corners whilst trying to keep the wifes vision alive at the same time". As you can see we are nearly on track to having a window this week. That will be truly amazing. All we need to do now is finish the roof insulation, so working upstairs doesn't become a competition on who can stay the longest in a Scandinavian sauna. So we can continue with what seems like an endless list of jobs to do plasterboard, plumbing, final floor levels and electrics etc, etc. I have counted the sockets that we will need and it currently stands at 42 double sockets. Too many? Too few?.... Not sure yet.
The rest of the month is panning out to be quite busy both work and social life wise. Could be fun!
See you all soon
I am farming sheep and goats on the Dordogne/Gironde border with my husband and our 3 children. We have an on farm butchery and sell our meat direct to the public via the markets and delivery points in our local area