We moved the armoire....well no.... that`s a lie! There was no "we" involved as I stood by an escape door just in case he was a ninja mouse with a flick knife! And behind the armoire? Nothing, no sign of him at all so I relaxed and assumed he had found his way through the garden door. I went back to my computer.
Twenty minutes later he caught my eye again slowly sauntering back to the armoire! So as much as I didn`t want this cheeky souris in the house I didn`t want him to have a terrible ending at the hands of the Baron! So.... I fastened the Baron`s cat flap shut just in case he should hear the commotion ( and screams) and decide to come back into the kitchen to finish him off! We did catch him, ( well, Mark did); he didn`t put up a fight and he was placed gently in the hedge outside - and well away from the Baron!
So the current results of the vermin games:- Mouse... 1 The Baron... Nil.
May Day here always means many wonderful brocantes, so it was up early so as to fit in as many as possible. Most brocantes are also called "Vide greniers", "Vide" meaning to "empty or to clear out" "grenier" meaning "attic". But, today, we also had a "Vide Jardin" to visit at a local chateau that is being restored. We left this one until last knowing there would probably not be any vintage treasures but I was still desperate to get into the grounds of Le Chateau de Sebeville which I have been watching as the restoration work progressed.
It had been left derelict since the 1930s so when the new owner purchased it some ten years ago he must have been very brave indeed. It was built in 1720s for one of Napoleon`s generals and has had many subsequent owners including a Prince but, as the years progressed and following the French revolution, it fell into a very sad state. How wonderful it's been to watch it slowly coming back to life. The restoration is amazing and must be at massive expense as everything is being handworked and replaced exactly as it should be with real craftsmen working to old methods.
There were a handful of charming stands of plants for sale and I did succumb to a divine climbing rose that the vendor told me had the most amazing scent so, hopefully, I can make it grow around the doorway eventually.
The craftsman who has replaced the parquet flooring in the chateau had a stand to exhibit his work
I could have brought home a chicken
I could have brought home a rabbit
And I SO wanted to bring this huge guy home but he was only visiting with his owners!
So instead we settled for a cafe and a crepe being prepared in the newly restored old stables
And sat out on the chateau lawns under a parasol to enjoy the atmosphere.
I was told that chateau is not going to be a public building but a private home for the new owner , his wife and their four children. I am so glad we took time to take the chance to visit as it may not be open publically again but I can still look from the lane as I pass by.
Wonder if they would like a mouse as a housewarming gift?