Bonne Chance! by Richard Wiles

By Richard Wiles

Deep within the Limousin nation-state, Richard Wiles obtained his dream domestic. yet little did he anticipate to be residing complete time within the dilapidated farmhouse whereas suffering to complete the conversion in the course of the insect plagues of summer time and the tough blizzards of iciness. Watched by means of his bemused friends, Richard additionally pursues his more odd desires of elevating llamas, hot-air ballooning, and marathon operating while attempting to hold the roof over his head. instructed with unfailing humor and optimism, this can be a distinct story of overcoming the bold demanding situations of creating a house, and a lifestyles, in France.

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I took a few paces towards the little llama, but he immediately scuttled behind his mother, a large white llama, and regarded us suspiciously from beneath her belly. ‘Oh, that’s Uriel,’ said Bernard. ‘A very sweet boy. Only two month old. indd 54 13/12/2005 09:18:20 GOOD BREEDING ees still feeding from his mother. And she’s pretty protective. He’s a cutey, though! But very, how you say, nervous. You can ‘ave him but not for a few month more. ’ ‘There’s no hurry,’ I said. ‘We have to fence off the fields first.

Running after the tractor, I managed to scramble aboard just in time to apply the foot brake before the machine plummeted into the dip. The mower did indeed prove more than able to cope with the forest of brambles that made huge tracts of our land impassable. With the mower raised, I would reverse slowly into the thicket then, switching on the blades, would lower the contraption. indd 62 13/12/2005 09:18:21 TRACTOR TRIALS stubble in an instant. I carefully cut around the numerous self-seeded oak saplings that had been allowed to flourish undisturbed amidst the brambles for several years with the comforting thought that I would be creating a leafy copse for future generations to admire.

Véronique obviously found our antics amusing, as she was frequently driven to waddling over to where we were sinking fence posts, or stretching wire fencing, with a rickety wooden kitchen chair in tow. Without a word, she would set the chair down at the side of the lane a few feet away from us, plonk her self upon it, then fold her arms and stare. Other members of our occasional audience could not resist commenting on our technique. indd 63 13/12/2005 09:18:22 BONNE CHANCE! my arch-rival Monsieur Thierry André.

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