January at Les Trois Chenes

Ok, my New Year’s Resolution, to keep my blog up to date by making at least one post a month, so here’s my News from January 2011.Christmas was busy for the first time here at Les Trois Chenes. We had Bed and Breakfast guests staying over for Christmas Week which inspired us to devise some special breakfast treats. Our newly converted gite, finished in July last year was also blessed with Christmas Visitors. It was a challenge to get the new Godin wood burning stove installed in time, but we made it and the gite was cosy and warm.

The Christmas tree 2011 in full sunshine Spiced fruit loaf and Bucks Fizz  

I managed to learn the art of saving my own Google Maps and marking routes on them and on the many gloriously sunny days I was out and about on a couple of long walks. I found two neolithic burial sites, or Dolmen; huge slabs of stone supported by two other stones that would originally have been covered in earth. I also discovered the delights of Cognac-la-Fôret and saw my first lantern of the dead, or Lantern des morts.

  

Guess what Santa brought for us? Yes, a fabulous new tramoline for our son and all our guests to use. The children absolutely love it! Along with the swings, the play area in the peach and apple orchard is coming on a treat.

Last Year Saint Junien swimming pool re-opened after a complete make-over. It now has two indoor pools, one for adults swimming lengths and one for kids with all sorts of fun, watery things going on. Outside there is a smashing pool with slide and plenty of sun-bathing space around the edge for adults who just want to chill out – or rather warm up in all that glorious summer sunshine.

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