Monthly Archives: November 2009

Be the First to Rent

I must say it’s quite a lot of work starting your own real holiday home rental. Going by my Second Life experience in rentals it looked all too easy – big LOL! Yet in fact, we’re still working on the official SuperGites.com and its reservation/payment system. Until that one is up and running, we’ll have to do it manually for friends and family.

You can rent the Water Mill of Tourteron starting April 1, 2010. Renting the mill includes a double fireplace, four bedrooms (each with its own bathroom), a 90-square meter living room, designer kitchen, and a warm welcome. It does not include electricity, wood for the fireplace, or cleaning.

Description
8 people
4 bedrooms; 2 double beds, 4 single beds
4 bathrooms
Pets and children allowed 🙂
400-square meter living space
5,700-square meter terrain
Garage for 2 cars
3 fireplaces
Fully-equipped designer kitchen
Linens available on request
TV
iPod dock stereo set

Costs
A full week’s stay (Saturday 14.00 hours to the next Saturday 10.00 hours) will be 1200 euro in high season and 800 euro in low season.

Seasons
High season is the the last week of June, the full month of July and August, the first week of September and three weeks around Christmas. The rest of the year is low season.

Long Weekends
In low season there’s the option to come and enjoy the mill for a long weekend stay (Thursday 14.00 hours to Monday 10.00 hours) for only 600 euro.

*Special WordPress Offer!!
Some people just can’t wait to get their 2010 vacations booked. To those who want to be the first to rent, we have an exclusive WordPress/Twitter/Friends offer! You early birds: When you pay before January 2010, you’ll get a 25% reduction.

Booking
You should check the calendar below to see if your week is still available and make a booking here. You will receive all further information by e-mail.

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Back to basics

The winter is coming, and that means it’s prime time to clear the fields. The past summer we’ve been fighting the nettles and wild berries. Over two-thirds of the garden was nothing but thorns and stingy things. Not a place where you can play a nice game of football or sit and relax to read a magazine.

We tried to destroy them manually and chemically. But nature is just so strong-willed. The weeds kept on returning. Of course, that’s no surprise if you keep in mind that the previous owners left the fields unused for 30 years.

At the end of autumn we came up with the final plans for the 5700 square meters of garden. The first part, the orchard, will more or less remain the same. The second part will be turned into a flower garden. The third and biggest part will become grassland which is good for football, soccer, running, playing…whatever kids do when they go wild. The second and the third part have been wild terrain for a long time. We could not do it with just our bare hands so we bought –back to basics– a plough! 🙂

Let us introduce our new hero by the French description: “La motobineuse SARP S55B2 est équipée d’un moteur Briggs & Stratton de 190cc développant 5.5cv, ses commandes sont par cables et bénéficie d’un guidon réglable en hauteur. La largeur de travail d’origine est de 60 cm mais peut en option (FL) être portée 90 cm. Puissance, simplicité et robustesse pour cette machine de fabrication française. Conforme aux normes C.E.”

I must say: It’s a Killer Machine 🙂

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Dreaming of Christmas

Who'll join us in 2010?

I know we promised ourselves in March we’d have our first Christmas in front of this fireplace this year. Well, we’re frowning today because we know for sure we won’t make it. No hard feelings though.

Just looking at the fire makes me dream away: the scent of burning logs, the picture of a huge 12-f00t-tall tree full of decorations (and we have enough, since I started collecting Christmas decorations when I was 18). I imagine our best friends drinking wine and eating petit fours or some other sweet treats. The table will be set in white linen with our best crystal. The huge living room will be full of warmth, laughter, and our energy. On the menu are my îles flottantes in lobster soup, a light salad with Peking duck, a bitter ice, some roasted meat with turnip, a plateau of French cheeses, and a minty honey sabayon.

So, who wants to opt in for 2010?

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Eating nearby: “French Family Food”

Only 8km away, we’ve found this sweet restaurant next to the canal and locks at Neuville-Day. It’s cozy, humble, and simple with not too complicated but well-presented food that is quite tasty. It’s the perfect place to walk to and back from if you enjoy hiking. Their homemade goose liver paté is really great–and they do serve a lot!

We haven’t tried it in winter yet, but in summer the setting–a terrace along the canal– is superb.

Foie gras en Neuville-Day

Restaurant ‘AU SANS SOUCI’
La Coquée
08130 NEUVILLE-DAY

Téléphone : 03 24 30 19 58
Fax : 03 24 71 72 42

norbert.uberschlag@wanadoo.fr

Menus ardennais. ‘Ravioles du sans-souci’, ‘Minerai ardennais’ foie gras maison, décors en sucre. Vente sur place de produits du terroir.

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Let’s be more concrete.

These last two weeks were a bit –I don’t know– scary? The work is progressing, but there’s still no official news from any government, either about the building permit or the septic tank. So, we guess we can continue what we’re doing without a permit. Even though they cannot do us any more harm, it still feels a bit odd.

The exciting news is Stephane has started working on the concrete floors all around the house. There will be new floors in the restrooms downstairs and in the laundry room in the basement, plus three bathroom units on the first floor.

The sad news is Jamal gave up and is breaking his contract, leaving the plant way too early and leaving his work unfinished. Apparently Stephane found Greg and has hired him to be Jamal’s replacement.

Base for the Restrooms

Base for the Restrooms

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