Let there be light

We had a couple of days off work so drove back to La Reole to try and find someone who might be able to fix our solar panel, but instead we randomly met a really cool guy called Franciose who helped us fit a new window to the side of the van...

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The new window in the bed area. 

The new window in the bed area. 

An upside down rainbow shone upon us whilst we worked.

An upside down rainbow shone upon us whilst we worked.

Hopefully the window will improve air circulation during the hot weather.

Hopefully the window will improve air circulation during the hot weather.

Franciose Is very generous and we somehow even ended up with a new surfboard!  

Franciose Is very generous and we somehow even ended up with a new surfboard!  

He even gave us some homemade sushi!

He even gave us some homemade sushi!

His back yard is a boy's dream.  A REALLY cool tree house with a zip line across the land, lots of broken down cars, vans, motorbikes and even a speedboat.  There are pigs and chickens mixed with antique furniture and over 100 broken flatscreen TVs (that are apparently being repaired)...Franciose is a bit of an eccentric character, but very kind and was extremely happy to show us around. 

His back yard is a boy's dream.  A REALLY cool tree house with a zip line across the land, lots of broken down cars, vans, motorbikes and even a speedboat.  There are pigs and chickens mixed with antique furniture and over 100 broken flatscreen TVs (that are apparently being repaired)...Franciose is a bit of an eccentric character, but very kind and was extremely happy to show us around. 

La Reole at night, a really beautiful medevial town.

La Reole at night, a really beautiful medevial town.

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We stopped off at a great food market in La Reole and a really nice lake on the way back to Sauterns for a long walk and picnic lunch.

We stopped off at a great food market in La Reole and a really nice lake on the way back to Sauterns for a long walk and picnic lunch.

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Fresh coffee at the market. 

Fresh coffee at the market. 

Everyday we are trying to improve at least one thing in the van to make living more comfortable and it's beginning to feel like a real home.  Today, I made a fold out table in the kitchen area for some extra worktop space.

Everyday we are trying to improve at least one thing in the van to make living more comfortable and it's beginning to feel like a real home.  Today, I made a fold out table in the kitchen area for some extra worktop space.

I also made a shelf to keep our bits and bobs out the way whilst cooking. 

I also made a shelf to keep our bits and bobs out the way whilst cooking.