A rather fine horse grazing in the field next to the churchyard. The old couple who owned the house off to the side have died. She was taken ill two weeks ago with a collapsed lung and was rushed to hospital. The operation was not successful. After that he just gave up all interest in life - a literal switching off. This morning the family are clearing the place out. An Emmaus van parked on the lane. That old French farmhouse furniture that used to be so fashionable in the 80's is now too large for small energy efficient homes and has, literally, to be given away. I discover from the van driver that the German billionaires have already put an offer on the house and had it accepted. Quick work.
Another new hotel opening :https://thenewtinsomerset.com/hotel
Shopping for food Harvard style :https://www.formaggiokitchen.com/
Shopping for food New York style - the custom cakes are jaw dropping :https://www.butterfieldnyc.com/
On the radio this morning. V. French :https://youtu.be/ckczIG0rLhQ
That is a very fine horse, and easier to spot than the moorhens. I was finally able to see them in your photo from the other day, with the helpful guidance of your other posters, but today I have failed again. I was amazed to read it has been a year since Sophie has been able to greet the refuse collectors, as I would have guessed it had been only four months or so - it seems the pandemic is warping our sense of time along with everything else. I enjoyed today's hotel posting, although it seems a bit fancy under the rustic veneer - "personal steam pods"? We all received emails from BA this morning, warning us that our Avios will expire later this year, so I guess it is almost time to start thinking about traveling again. I get my first shot the day after tomorrow, so theoretically only five weeks or so to some semblance of freedom.
I'll take a 9.5/10 croissant over a fancy custom cake today please!
Shame about a village home turning into an empty house or a holiday let. Such a pity that a village doesn't even get the chance to try and attract a young family who might devote themselves to village life, swell numbers at the school and contribute to the 'glue' that makes the village a community.
We agree with Bertie, the croissant looks so much more enticing than the custom cakes.
Oh dear, I can only agree with Tigger, and just hope that the German billionaire doesn't buy up every property that comes on the market. It's to be hoped that he hasn't got plans to turn your little part of paradise into his personal kingdom!
As per Tigger and Coppa comments - Dunoon to a large extent has been damaged by a surplus of city-buyers lapping up cheap property and using as second homes or letting them out. Mind you, prices are on the rise as those same city dwellers start to appreciate living 'remotely' has health advantages... YAM xx
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