It’s Getting Cold!

3 Dec

I promised some pictures of our new home and here they are.  The order is all over the place – WordPress made some major changes to how pictures can be added and while it looked really good on the surface and is much easier to use, it seems to shuffle the images so I can’t control the order.  I might have to go back to inserting them one at a time.  Anyway, some photos…

The lounge.

The lounge.

The pool and approach to the front door.  In case you are wondering about the weather now that it is December here, I took this photo in June!

The pool and approach to the front door. In case you are wondering about the weather now that it is December here, I took this photo in June!

In the front door, dining to the left, kitchen ahead, lounge to the right and passage to bedrooms and bathroom.  The kitchen and dining areas look a bit dark because the shutters were closed at the time.

In the front door, dining to the left, kitchen ahead, lounge to the right and passage to bedrooms and bathroom. The kitchen and dining areas look a bit dark because the shutters were closed at the time.

The main bedroom (shutters closed again).

The main bedroom (shutters closed again).

The spare bedroom.

The spare bedroom.

The dining area and the front door out to the pool and terrace.

The dining area and the front door out to the pool and terrace.

On Thursday we went to Decathlon (a bit like Kathmandu in NZ, but bigger and wider range).  We needed gumboots and some warm stuff for the colder weather ahead.  After that we stopped in at Les Fadons to have a coffee with James and Lavinia.  Things have really changed around there!  The contractors from the mayor’s office have been and pulled all the logs out of the river (from the flood in October 2011) and in the process have churned up a lot of the grounds.  They did leave all the logs cut to 500mm lengths and fairly well stacked.  They will have enough firewood to last them for life!

In addition to that it has been raining and the impact on the river has been dramatic.   We were there at about 3pm and the water was 2m lower than it had been this morning!  It really is hard to believe how quickly it changes.

Standing on the raised area to the left of the ruin door looking up the river.  No sign of the barrage or the chute.

Standing on the raised area to the left of the ruin door looking up the river. No sign of the barrage or the chute.

Standing in the door way of the mill ruin you can see debris left on the floor by the receding water.  Looking out the barrage is completely covered.

Standing in the door way of the mill ruin you can see debris left on the floor by the receding water. Looking out the barrage is completely covered.

Some of the wood that the contractors cut plus what Leanne and I had pulled out and cut up in September that James and Lavinia had moved out of harm's way before the rain started.

Some of the wood that the contractors cut plus what Leanne and I had pulled out and cut up in September that James and Lavinia had moved out of harm’s way before the rain started.

The water has been right over this area, covering all the lower area of the woodlands.  Between the contractor dragging logs out of the river and the water, the pathway is history.

The water has been right over this area, covering all the lower area of the woodlands. Between the contractor dragging logs out of the river and the water, the pathway is history.

Looking downstream at where the barrage is submerged.  The line in the leaves shows where the water was earlier today.

Looking downstream at where the barrage is submerged. The line in the leaves shows where the water was earlier today.

This section of wall to the right of the mill ruin was completely submerged this morning.  This photo was just after 15h00 and the water has dropped 2m.

This section of wall to the right of the mill ruin was completely submerged this morning. This photo was just after 15h00 and the water has dropped 2m.

Up our way the rain made the lake turn all muddy looking.  Over the course of yesterday, now that it hasn’t rained for a couple of days, we could see a line of cleaner water…

The view down to the lake, 85m elevation difference.  There is a jagged line across the water where the clearer water is pushing the discoloured water from last week's rain downstream.

The view down to the lake, 85m elevation difference. There is a jagged line across the water where the clearer water is pushing the discoloured water from last week’s rain downstream.

The weather was nice on Saturday so we headed out for a walk down to the lake.  We thought we had better after being here for nearly two weeks already.

Fine, 12˚C and still - that was 1st December at the Lac de Carcès.  Pretty pleasant really.

Fine, 12˚C and still – that was 1st December at the Lac de Carcès. Pretty pleasant really.

There was something going on do to with Telethon and fishing, some fund raising affair for Myopathy.  Tents were dotted all around the lake but I did't see a single fisherman at his gear - they were all on quite smartly designed stands.

There was something going on do to with Telethon and fishing, some fund-raising affair for Myopathy. Tents were dotted all around the lake but I didn’t see a single fisherman at his gear – they were all on quite smartly designed stands.

This seemed to be the centre of activities.  The BBQ was covered with steaks that had just been put on so I guess it was a late lunch, 1.30pm.

This seemed to be the centre of activities. The BBQ was covered with steaks that had just been put on so I guess it was a late lunch, 1.30pm.

Like I said, it was still and this was almost 2pm.

Like I said, it was still and this was almost 2pm.

I don't know what these are yet but they are on a larger tree at the corner of the house.  The fruit/berries are about 15mm diameter.  The tree is about 5~6m high.

I don’t know what these are yet but they are on a larger tree at the corner of the house. The fruit/berries are about 15mm diameter. The tree is about 5~6m high.

That’s about it for this week.  We are going to go the Xmas Market in Carcès this evening.  If there is anything to report on that I will let you know next week.

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One Response to “It’s Getting Cold!”

  1. Jeff December 3, 2012 at 23:04 #

    Photos are really good on the 550 given the shutters were closed and it is artificial light! Dod you use a tripod? Bet you are looking forward to part of a kiwi summer!!

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