© Number 10 B & B 2016
The old saying is that all things come to those who wait but possibly also those who get on with it!
At last we are nearly there with the pool house. After three days hard labour, the floor was tiled and ready for us to move some furniture in. The table and chairs that have been languishing in the barn since last year in readiness this long awaited moment, were brought out and unpacked.
We thought a typical French buffet would be ideal to store essentials such as pool towels, crockery and cutlery not to mention the all-important glasses and corkscrew. A search on Bon Coin (a website offering everything from animals to motor cars) proved successful. Admittedly not exactly on the doorstep being close to Biarritz but you cannot have everything and we are pleased with our find.
The swimming pool and pool house are proving to be a great success with our guests. Not only for enjoying a cooling swim after a day exploring but also as somewhere pleasant to sit, relax, read a book or simply do nothing.
As the setting sun reflects in the pool it is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening digestif.
Despite things still being relatively quiet on the B & B front, May has been a comparatively busy month. The lovely city of Pau and all it has to offer continues to be a big hit with everyone whether they take the car or choose the more leisurely option of the little train from Oloron.
Amongst other choices of places to visit, Biarritz is of course known the world over but smaller gems such as Navarrenx, Sauveterre de Béarn and the spa town of Salies de Béarn and also proving popular.
May also brought us our first proper pèlerin. A charming young man from Provence who has been walking the way of St Jacques de Compostela for the last three years. Not that he as actually been walking for three years. So far he has spent one week each year making his way from his home in Montpelier, where bronze nail heads mark the way, towards his final destination in Galicia on Spain’s North West coast.
This year he will reach St Jean-Pied-de-Port where many pilgrims choose to start their pilgrimage. Next year he will take a whole month off work so that he can complete his journey to Santiago de Compostela.
Sauveterre de Béarn
The city of Pau
Salies de Béarn
Santiago de Compostela