March Blog – Hangar Conversion

In March we acquainted ourselves better with our surroundings. The weather had been quite cold but we ventured out on the beaches or to take walks in the neighbourhood. There is a lot to see and do in this area, Fort la Latte was a very enjoyable explore one Sunday afternoon. The weather was very cold and so windy, we had to bend down below the height of the walls, to prevent us being blown over. Fort la Latte is a 14th century stronghold castle and has been renovated to its original glory. Bracing walks, soaring cliffs, attractive beaches, stunning views over the Emerald Coast and the Channel Islands, a seabird reserve, an historic lighthouse and a fortified castle straight out of a story book – the wild and windswept area around the Cap Fréhel peninsula has got plenty to interest.  This link shows it all..  .


Here we have a map showing Fort la Latte and Cap Frehel and Plevenon too.

Fort la Latte built in the 14th century as a defense strong-hold.


The interior of the Fort reflects what it would have been like during the past centuries.

All has been fairly quiet for the first twenty days of March.  Robert made plans to have some trenches dug to carry tubing for Internet/Phone and water from the road to the building. Another trench was necessary to carry electric cable from the house to the road for electric gates and lights. We headed off to the various building merchants and bought the necessary red, blue and green tubing.  On the 23rd and 24th, Saul came with his digger and did the necessary work digging the trenches and also digging out the roots of the apple trees that had been at the side of the building.


Saul extracting the Apple Tree roots.

Water and Internet/Phone trench from the road to the building.

Electric cable trench from building to entrance

Saul, loading up the digger onto his trailer.

 Robert and I had ‘fun’ (?) pulling out the rolled up 50 meters plus, of tubing and inserting the water pipe into it.  As we tried to unwind the tubes, they reacted like a snake that had its head cut off!  But we got there in the end. The tubing was laid and then Saul covered each trench in again. I had the enviable job of laying all the grass sods back into place.  We drove the car up and down to flatten them all out again.

This shows the junction box which is necessary if we sell the building plot and another house is built there

Blue and green for water and internet/phone

Red for Electricity

The end of March was fairly hectic, we had to do another ‘move’ from the nice house in Pléhérel Plage to a little Bretagne house just outside of Matignon. It is a charming little house, and one of very few, that had not got a booking for the Easter holidays, so, our choice being very limited, we were lucky to get it.  “May, and June“.  It took a few days to sort out where everything would fit and to downsize our ‘stuff’, taking several more boxes to the secure lock up in Matignon. At least it is not too far away if we need anything. We are now 15 minutes from our ‘Hangar’.

One bright spot over the busy weekend was Saturday 29th March, we went to a jazz concert in Erquy. It was unusual to sit, cinema style, whilst listening to Jazz. Usually, we have been outdoors on a summer evening, or at a table indoors, with a glass of wine,  part of the enjoyment being to get up and dance to that foot tapping music. “Good Time Jazz Band” is a 5 piece jazz band with three Frenchmen and two English. They were excellent. I was mesmerized by the excellent pianist who could tap the ball of his right foot to one beat and his right heel to another……. both at the same time!