Saturday, March 12, 2011

Coco Le Chat Noir

Coco has been wanting to appear on the blog for a long time,so here goes!.she is about 14 now and completley stone deaf.we have managed to work out a kind of sign language,to ask her to sit on laps,and when dinner is ready!.Her deafness has not seemed to stop her catching the odd field mouse,as i am sure the lack of hearing has probably made her other senses more acute.
Our guests are amazed that she is so settled with all our chickens.her favourite passtime on a lovely sunny day is to go into the chicken orchard and lay by their house and watch their antics.
she is very popular with our guests and some of our regulars delight in bringing her little gifts and leaving her messages in our visitors books!
The picture i have used here is my favourite of her on the kitchen windowsil,looking elegant,she probably could have been a model for an animal calender.
 We are all now looking forward to the weather getting warmer and the evenings getting lighter,and she will no doubt be looking forward to all the fuss our visitors make of her.
She has been known and we have pictorial evidence of her spending the evening with two of our guests on the sofa drapped around Kevin's neck watching the TV.She must be the only cat who has 4 homes to choose from!!I hope you enjoy her picture and our next blog will show updates on all our hard work done in the gardens and grounds for the forthcoming season.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Starting the New Year at Gites du Marigné 2011

we have lots of maintenance to do over the winter.the moles have made a mess of all our gravel paths,so drastic action is needed!! out with the ciment mixer and digging some deep trenches.
we are laying new decked patios for La Petite Maison and around the beautiful swimming pool.
We have membraned most of the beds and gravelled them to stop the weeds and then planted feature plants.
it is very important for us to keep things fresh and looking good with so many visitors.
Already bookings are going very well for this year with lots of enquiries,so hopefully it will not be the depression year forcast by all the financial pundits!
anyway back to work.will post some updated pictures in the next post.