December, the Christmas holidays, short days, snow and cold winds will soon be here. We have decided to enjoy the winter with more time for friends, more time for reading, films, watching the birds at the feeders and laughing at the fat badgers who visit at night eating everything the birds have dropped on the ground.
Tòti Bleu's little woodstove, a gift from the Roulotte Papillotte family, will be heating my little studio this winter. On my morning walks with Bella I gather small branches and stack them in the studio for this winter's painting projects. A list of brushes and paints to be ordered rests on my desk. Mark has promised to cut out the partition for the bedroom that I plan to decorate this winter. This is how it looks in the model. I'm not sure how it will be in real size.
All four walls are finished, the roof beams are laminated and sanded smooth, and the plywood for the roof is scarfed and ready to glue with the epoxy resin.
In the spring we will assemble the housing and begin short trips in the late summer or early autumn. We may be able to borrow a Comtois horse for a first trial drive. If she can pull Tòti easily, we will consider using only one horse.
Our friends Jean François and Ann came to visit with their friends who travelled in France with their two small children some years ago. They had an incredible horse who happily pulled their large roulotte many kilometres for an entire year. They brought photo albums and much appreciated advice. Their enthusiasm makes our winter break even more difficult to accept!
Speaking of horse power, here is a very short youtube that you might enjoy: