Another blue sky day in the mountains. Autumn has arrived with vengeance as the mornings are crisp and the sun does not peek over the tops until late in the morning.
Back to the normal routine of lighting the fire and putting the kettle on. Breakfast in there somewhere and finish up with a bout of internet, blogging, emails and sorting out enquiries for the chalet in Chamonix for the winter.
Once the sun hit I put together a load of tools and headed down to yesterdays fire to get some life back into it before hacking more wood out of the copse around the oak tree. Breezy joined in once she had dealt with emails.
A late salad lunch to use up stuff in the fridge before tackling the long list of stuff to get finished before shutting down the barn. The immediate things to get done were to sort out the laundry as Anouk at the Auberge has offered use of her washing machine, and shift scaffolding as Clive is popping up after work to pick it up and to look at giving us a quote for the retaining wall in front of the barn for next year.
Other than that it is a case of picking something up and putting it somewhere else. Ropes, gloves, tools, wood, books, rubbish etc etc etc.
Come 4pm we had showered and changed ready to head down to the village. Washing in the machine, recycling done, fill up with water, printout documents and boarding passes for flying back to Blighty; and also a beer with Adam & Jean Claude.
Back at the barn the washing got hung up indoors, a quick check of emails and curry put on to warm through. Clive turned up as promised with useful suggestions about the wall and collected the scaffolding. Another tick off the list!
Cards, curry and a glass of wine before an early night.