Still no news about when I can expect to have my water and electricity connected, so no surprises there then. But it doesn’t mean that I can just idle my time away waiting as there are still things to be done. And the most urgent priority today was to cut the grass, which was getting a bit long. Even though we’re getting into the hottest time of the year, surprisingly it’s still growing.

Aside from looking untidy, I think that it also encourages insects and as I’ve mentioned previously, my legs are already bitten to pieces, from the ankles upwards, possibly the worst they’ve been since I came to France. We’re in the middle of a scorching few days and it’d be unwise to mow the grass in the heat of the day, so I made an early start this morning while it was still cool and afterwards shot some video on my Fimi and Hubsan quadcopters from which I’ve grabbed the following images.

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Now that the bushes and undergrowth below the trees have been removed it’s possible to get a much better idea of the scale of the land and how my new house will fit into it. Unfortunately I can’t work any cut-and-paste magic with images of the house from my architect’s modelling software because that’s on my main computer that’s in storage but I would love to do so and will maybe have to get it out, even temporarily, so I can make some even more realistic pictures than before.

I wasn’t the only person out cutting the grass today. While I was shooting some video with my Fimi this afternoon a local farmer was out cutting the grass in the field in the valley below my land and I lifted a few shots of him and his tractor.

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That was enough for today and I stayed in the caravan for most of the afternoon with all the windows open and a fan on. Even so, it became almost unbearably hot, not that I can do much about that for now. Hopefully it will be better when I can eventually move the caravan back under the trees.

And talking of that, I have some preparatory work planned for this week-end. I had a new pick-axe type hoe delivered the other day (it’s called a ‘serfouette’ in French) and I plan to use it to dig the rest of the plastic out of the ground and create level areas for the caravan and the metal garden store that I’d like to erect as soon as possible.

I can’t start on the latter, though, until I have water as it will need to have a thinnish concrete base put down, but as I can now start preparing the ground it looks as though I’ll be making some more early starts while the mornings are cool. The other casualty of the weather is, of course, flying as the intense heat generates thermals, which can be both violent and dangerous. However, it looks as though there will be a run of cooler days in the middle of next week, so I hope to get a bit of flying in then. And until then, I need to make the best use of my time 😉

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