Although Maison Olive is still full for another three weeks before it too closes for a month and the new terrace building episode commences, we have been luxuriating in the free time afforded during this time of the year when you can get things done.

Like fetching fire wood. Erica was here for a month. That means, plenty of fires! At this time of the year, the search is for small, dry pieces of wood. We managed to find some and not being able to wait for a delivery, we did the work ourselves!

Seriously loaded. Over 300 pieces of 3 year old wood. Ready to burn!

January and February are really peaceful times when many restaurants and shops take their annual leave but the construction folk move into full swing with he deadline of the season approaching.

It’s also a time to enjoy our surrounds and look at what’s new in Menerbes….. I nearly forgot!! Madame has been given a new MacBook Pro by Erica, she has her iPad courtesy of William and my Orange fidelity points stumped up for a new iPhone 4GS. Tech support, is here and present.

The original Menerbes Church circa. 500AD enjoys the morning sun

A village benefactor has sponsored some new walls and olive trees under the Mairie and stretching to the Dora Maar house.

Hand cut stones are laid in front of a reinforced concrete wall to provide the 'real' look and provide support for the terraces

An old battlement tower has also been refurbished under the Dora Maar House

Au bientot: Lovonne and Simon xx

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