Another sign of approaching winter -- the firewood has been delivered. This year we ordered 7 steres (cubic metres) as an opening gambit. This should take us halfway through the winter or maybe more. The price has gone up a bit, to €48 per stere, but our firewood supplier, a father and son team, are terrific. Most people's firewood is delivered by dumping it in a big pile on the lawn and the firewood merchant then drives merrily away while the customer spends several hours stacking the wood neatly out of the weather. Because we only order relatively small quantities at a time, ours comes in several trailer or van loads and they help us stack it before they go off for more. Ours is also cut to the size our stove takes and this year we got a quantity of kindling material for free too.
The Heart of France
One of the things you can do when you take a tour with us is truly get off
the beaten track. There are some wonderfully peaceful spots, even near the
Susan was born in Victoria, but moved to Queensland when she was 11. Simon was born in London, but moved to Canberra when he was 7, and to Queensland when he was 28. In 1997 they moved to London. Susan worked for a large heritage and nature conservation trust and Simon taught music technology at tertiary level.
Now we live in Preuilly-sur-Claise, a small town with a population of less than 1000 people in the south of the Loire Valley. We write about the restoration of our house, the history of our local area, nature, cooking and anything else that strikes us as interesting. When we are not blogging we run Loire Valley Time Travel, doing individually tailored tours of the Touraine for anglophone visitors in our classic Citroën, Célestine.
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