Oh, the glorious days of warmth, blue skies, wild flowers, and the calm, star studded night skies! We dine under the big maple tree, soft grass beneath my bare feet. The sun seems hesitant to leave us and finally disappears under the horizon after 10. The small window beside our bed rests open, and night sounds drift over me with the gentle breeze as I close my eyes. There is such happiness and contentment covering me from head to toe. As I get older I find it impossible to keep the garden weeded but this year, for the first time, I have learned to love the wildness of nature. For the month of July we are blessed with young archeology students, camping in tents and working at the nearby Cathar castle ruins. Their excited voices and laughter mingle with the roosters crowing, lambs crying and peacocks screaming, creating a sort of abstract symphony.
We are slowly starting to make progress on the interior of Tòti. We insulated the bottom half of the walls with sheep’s wool insulation.
Then the walls were glued on with epoxy and sanded. A bead of polyurethene was put at the bottom to seal between the bottom of the walls and the floor.
I have painted them with three coats of yellow, slightly darker than the upper half and ceiling. I also painted a simple design along the top of the bottom walls, and the names of everyone who has helped with our project along the top beam. There are many names already!
Yesterday we glued in the supports for the bed. As always the preparation was more complicated than imagined and took days. Mark constantly finds ways to keep everything as lightweight as possible and this takes hours of thought. The holes are to allow the mattress to breathe and hopefully to discourage mildew. I will begin to paint it tomorrow.
Vanille spends the hot days in the bergerie to protect her from biting flies. I don’t like to cover her with insecticide and this is the best solution so far. She is not a hot weather horse and loves her shady, roomy place in the bergerie. We have taken two training trips so far, 6 km and 8 km on gravel and paved road. We will take another tomorrow very early in the morning. No problems so far. She pulls Tòti easily with 4 adults. There is no rubbing from the new collar and harness. She gets a nice cold shower afterwards and bounces off at a gallop into her pasture.