Mostly its been working in the garden and house. The spiring came on so fast. One day it was sleet and barely over 2C then all of a sudden we were 12C. Next day 15C. Day after 20C. That said. There has been plenty of snow on the mountains. Last Sunday we were sledging on Camurac (about an hours drive away). Anika found a beautiful slope. Trouble is, she does not like the walk back up the slope so she kept going, down the mountain, into the forest. We caught up with her and convinced her to climb back up to a peak where we sat and admired the stunning view of the white capped Pyrenees.
We are finally getting a taste of a proper winter here in Les Tougnets. The temperature hovers between -1 and -2C during the day. That is without the wind chill which at 32km/h is blasting over the col. The wind is carrying all the snow that settled over the last few days and building up drifts over a meter deep.
Access from the col is blocked by drifts but a 4×4 can still get in and out of the hamlet from the more sheltered Saint Jean road. The Mayor of Saint Jean just popped in, with his Toyota 4×4 to make sure everyone are ok. If the winters here were long and snowy I imagine this hamlet could quite easily get buried under the snow. Point to note: we need cross country skis.
We tested the 4×4. No problems in ice and snow until it gets to one meter deep. Then the resistance of the under body becomes too much. We ran the test trying to climb up the road with the heavy drifts. If we carried a spade then no problem. Still, the Wolf has been invaluable pulling several vans and a car out of the hamlet.
This afternoon I need to get to the vets. I shall take the wolf. Needless to say – there was no school today for Anika or Leon
It has been a busy few weeks here in Les T.
We had a visit from a lovely family looking to buy some land in the area. We hope they are successful because we would love them to live here. They have two little girls, twins, aged three.
Living in their Merc they have been touring the area in search of a home. It was thanks to Graine de Vie, the alternative school in Quillan that they heard about this area.
Then after they moved on (to visit friends in Galicia), we were visited by our old friends Manu and Pimp whom we met in Morocco. We first encountered them in Essouiria over Christmas. Then we followed each other down the coast to Paradise valley. They have traded their Merc 508 for a blue Merc 1831 with palatial living quarters inside. It was good to catch up but we were all falling ill with colds (the entire Hameau!) so I felt we were a bit stagnant. Nevertheless we took them to Renne-les-Bains (the hot spring is once again re-opened after some activists drilled into the floor to burst the pipe) which was lovely as always.
Now they have left and it has started snowing! When Anika gets back from school we shall get out the sledges.