No real activity at the field this winter the weather has been very wet with occasional snow. However, many things have happened since I last posted a Blog.
After Christmas and the New year indulgences we decided that our health was beginning to suffer due to excess weight, I was clinically obese weighing in on January 1st at 21st 6 lbs and Teresa also wanted to lose a couple of stone. So I did some research to find an eating regime that we could stick to and enjoy. I will not bore with the details but in short we decided to drastically reduce our sugar and wheat intake and also cut right back on the booze. We started early January so have been going 2 months now with good results . I have reduced my weight from 137 kilos (21.7 stone) to 125 kilos (19st 8lb) a loss of 12 kilograms or nearly 2 stone. I had one little help during the last 2 weeks I had a bad stomach virus and I wasn’t able to eat for 3 days and had another visit to the doctor to sort it out. As ever he was brilliant and I turned up at his surgery one afternoon when I was able to be away from a toilet for more than 20 minutes and got seen and medicated within 15 minutes.
We moved the boat to Gannay for the winter but got notice in December that VNF were to drop the levels at Gannay for 2 months to carry out repairs to the lock, The local VNF chap was very helpful and suggested we move up stream to Beaulon where the levels would not be dropped. We found a gap in the weather and completed the 3 hour move without incident. Very quite, two other boats here, friendly and both French and a good village within walking distance and we have plenty of logs and food so no problem.
The winter is almost over another month should see us well into spring and the growing season. We are looking for a caravan we can put up the field to live in for the summer and sort out the permaculture garden and numerous other jobs that need doing.
My next post will hopefully be from the field and show us planting away to our hearts content.
This post was written by Terry Barrett
Photographs by Tes