La Grange – Where we make our French little boats

While we were in France we had a day in the workshop, we made some new boats and also designed a new larger model that I’ll be finishing later in the year. For now here is how we make our French little boats.

Marking out the boats

Cutting out the boats on the bandsaw

Using a bobbin sander to give a nice smooth finish

When the weather is nice we take the work outside!

Positioning the mast

Drilling the hole ready for the mast

A square peg in a round hole, this little tool takes the square edges off the mast when hammering it through the hole

Planing of the edges

Gluing the mast in place

Two finished oak boats waiting their sails

After a busy day in the workshop we all enjoy a well earned glass of grape juice (ahem)

French Celebrations

I’ve just got back from my Summer break in France where we returned to La Rochelle for our 4 year wedding anniversary. My Husband and I had a great day out taking in the sights and sounds of this busy port town.

The centre was busier than ever, on top of the tourist season there was a film festival too. Our French isn’t that good so we’ll wait for the DVD!

Lunch was really good, we had a sea food platter which included all sorts of freshly caught treats.

I could’ve stayed there all afternoon!

We ended the day with a bottle of champagne in the garden to watch the sun set.

While we were in France it was my Father in-laws 65th birthday party and pretty much the whole village came to the party.

There was plenty to drink!

And everyone enjoyed themselves.

Our Dutch guests entertained us with some traditional Dutch Folk music, and rewrote a Beatles song for comic effect.

The Birthday boy!

We drank a bottle of 20 year old wine in memory of a family friend Mike Vickers who sadly past away at the end of last year.

We visited the Abbaye Royale at Celles sur Belles, we took the tour, it’s a lovely collection of buildings with a mountain of history.

The grand entrance.

Even this old guy is in keeping with my Nautical interests, I had to snap him!

In the grounds of the Abbey is a herb and insect garden full of nice details, including a very active beehive.

Naturally, the end of the holiday involved drinking a lot of wine, actually most evenings did!