Now it’s time for us to say farewell to Ryan’s Cottage, and I’d love to make a list of all the big and little things we’ve been doing here. So let’s go!;
- Cutting wood was the first task I remember doing here; now I don’t picture it as the funniest thing in the world, but I was excited then.
- Chopping the wood with the incredible machine and pour the little pieces on the cardboard in the garden’s paths.
- Scraping the wall: the most tiring job of all… You never end scraping, it’s so frustrating. But we made a lot, so we’re proud.
- Painting the pergola: so many timbers to paint, I think we still have some wooden leftovers to paint hahaha
- Tiling! I enjoyed this so much, it was like making a puzzle.
- Weeding… Acceptable if it’s in the garden, awful if it’s on the side of the road. God, too many weeds out there. High density of roots and nettles where you don’t expect them. I hate those devilish plants with all my heart; I don’t give a damn if they make an excellent soup. Fuck soup (kidding, I love Jude’s soups. Fuck nettles).
- Speaking of goddamned things… Midges. I despise midges. Deeply.
- Fixing the floor of the entrance with Liscannor stone. Like a puzzle as well. It looks beautiful now! None of us think it needs cement.
- Fixing the chicken house’s new pillars for the pine marten not to kill the chicken.
- Cleaning and tidying the polytunnel. It took us one morning only, but the result was incredible. It looked like a brand new polytunnel, so pretty with all the compost David brought and all the strawberries and tomatoes we planted. I’m very proud of that job.
- Painting some chairs and the caravan. Oh my god, the caravan… what a change. Jude’s friends came and painted some flowers each. Watching it now is so satisfying that makes me wan to keep working. Good strategy, Jude!
- Filling with sieved soil a new bed for our beans. Fernando and I are making a competition with our beans. I’m sure mine are going to grow higher, basically because he hasn’t planted them yet haha.
- Build towers with the pieces of turf! Jude told me the task had an specific name, but I don’t remember now. You know what I mean.
- Dig a pond. At first, it was a hard and tiring job that made me concerned about mining or working in the fields. Lifting heavy shovels under the sun is harder than it seems. We all ended up with back ache. Poor city babies, crying after working a tiny part of what our grandparents worked in one morning…
- Making more beds: easy chain work. Find the couples, rip the metal pieces out and cut them so that both timbers are the same length.
- General house cleaning: floor, windows, chimney… Not really a job, but some times it took long.
- Transporting dry wood to the back of the house, for the fire in winter.
- Removing the branches Baptiste cut. We’ve discovered chain work is way better and more effective. I hope Beltrand is good after we leave.
We’ve done lots and lots of amazing things here. We are happy to have made this place better and helped Jude. We’ll never forget this experience, and hopefully we’ll be back some time!
Thanks Jude for all the love she’s given to us, she’s an extraordinary woman.