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One Flower makes a Difference.

One Flower for Tourteron

 

To our big surprise, Tourteron has been awarded with ‘one flower’ by the Village Fleuri committee. Of course we’re delighted about the news! There are special guided tours offered through the Flower Towns of France–though sometimes it’s not more than some cranesbill next to the city name sign.Still, we wanted to thank and show our appreciation to the town of Tourteron, so we sent this letter to the town hall:

Dear Town of Tourteron, 

On our arrival in Tourteron for Christmas we noticed the ‘Village Fleuri’ sign for the first time. Is it true our lovely town  is awarded with one flower? We’re really happy about it since we had the wish to help our city with this. How is it organized? Is there something we can do to help maintenance? Is there a budget to make Tourteron look better with the flowers? If there’s anything we can do to support, please let us know.We have one suggestion for Christmas next year. In Brandeville (Meuse), the town offers electricity for the decorations and the town gardener places all the Christmas trees. The community helps decorate the trees. We’d love to help.Your new and proud inhabitants,

Marco and Hugo.

In French it’s translated like this: 

Chers ville de Tourteron,

A notre arrivée à Tourteron pour Noël, nous avons remarqué le signe «Village Fleuri» pour la première fois. Est-il vrai que notre belle ville est récompensée par une fleur? Nous sommes vraiment content de ça depuis que nous avions le souhait d’aider notre ville à la présente.Comment est-il organisé? Y at-il quelque chose que nous pouvons faire pour aider à l’entretien?Yat-il un budget pour faire Tourteron plus belle avec des fleurs? S’il ya quelque chose que nous pouvons faire pour soutenir – s’il vous plaît nous le faire savoir.Nous avons un sugestin pour l’an prochain Noël. En Brandeville (Meuse), la ville offre l’électricité pour les décorations et le jardinier de ville place tous les arbres de Noël. La communauté aident décorer les arbres. Nous serions ravis de vous aider.Vos nouveaux habitants orgueilleux,

Marco et Hugo.

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Finally: the Official Launch of Supergites.nl

It’s finally live: the official Supergites website. Though it’s still in Dutch, it’s there and that’s the most important thing. The French, English, and German versions will follow in January, as will the calendar and the automated reservation module.

We also registered the gîte at the funniest website, Vakantie bij Nederlanders in Frankrijk . nl, which translates to ‘Vacation with the Dutch in France’. We’re eager to see how it works and whether it gives us any leads.

The gîte will be ready for rent April 1. Tomorrow we’re off to France for 7 days of hard labour. 🙂

Check our new design at Supergites.nl.

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Looking for summer?

Mr. Winter is about to leave. The sun is getting warmer. The first flowers are popping up from the cold soil. In Tourteron we’re looking forward to Spring and Summer 2010. It’ll be the first time you can enjoy the peace of the valley, the shades of the fruit trees, the smell of the flower garden, and the quality of the house.

To be sure those weeks off are yours, you should go to supergites.nl and make your booking.

Merci!

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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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