Viella Vacances Bed and Breakfast, Viella, Gers

Chambres d'hôtes & Holidays in the Gers close to Madiran, St Mont and Jazz in Marciac, SW France

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Posted by holidaysinthegers on November 2, 2009 at 5:42 AM Comments comments (1)

I expect when you think of the Gers or SW France you don't think of Kiwis do you ??  Well, I have just finished a week of harvesting tonnes of them in the village. 

For the last few years I have driven passed the groves, but never really gave them much thought as they were in the middle of the vines.  I assumed they were apples or something.  So when Paulette asked me if I was interested in picking Kiwis, I was intrigued.  We all duly arrived at the...

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Rain, Rain Rain !!

Posted by holidaysinthegers on April 15, 2009 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I didn't move here for rain, but that's what we have and what we have had all weekend.  It's safe to say that Easter weekend was a bit of a wash out !  My garden is currently doing a very good impression of a swimming pool.  It will take weeks to drain away. The pigs are learning to swim. 

Down at the camel Farm, Sarah is putting sand bags around in case the house floods. A tributary from the Adour river runs passed her house. Originally, it powered the m...

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Let the festivals begin !!

Posted by holidaysinthegers on March 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes, I know it is only 28th March, but don't let that stop you from having a party ! 

This weekend, it is the Festival of St Mont, a tiny village of less than 500 people about 5 minutes drive from here.   As per normal, the festival centres around wine. In this case St Mont (obviously).  It is a celebration of the St Mont wine a rich, fully bodied red wine produced between here are Bassoues.  Mo...

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England 34 France 10 !!!!

Posted by holidaysinthegers on March 19, 2009 at 1:31 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm sitting here in the office overlooking the garden and surrounded by dogs at the end of another beautiful day. It's been in the late 20's today. Lovely ! 

The last week or so has seen the garden really come to life. The fruit trees are coming into blossom and the spring flowers are at their best.  The piglets are doing their best to keep the grass down so I haven't had to mow it so far  this year !!  There are lots of young calves in the fields around...

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Back to normality - Well, sort of

Posted by holidaysinthegers on February 13, 2009 at 4:57 AM Comments comments (0)

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The morning after

Posted by holidaysinthegers on February 13, 2009 at 4:56 AM Comments comments (0)

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The day of the Temp�te

Posted by holidaysinthegers on February 13, 2009 at 4:52 AM Comments comments (0)

Jauary Blues (well cream really)

Posted by holidaysinthegers on January 20, 2009 at 9:43 AM Comments comments (0)

Gosh, it's been a few weeks since my last posting.  Doesn't time fly !!


Well, we had the annual new year's bash.  The weather was threatening to put  a dampener on things but, thankfully, the rain held off.  My first guests arrived at 10:30 in the morning.  A bit of a panic for us as we were still trying to get the plastering finished in the barn. Needless to say, we were  working until the early hours in the morning. Thankfully...

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It's Snowing !

Posted by holidaysinthegers on December 27, 2008 at 8:04 AM Comments comments (0)

Christmas day arrived and Michel decided in his infinite wisdom to start putting up the rails for the plasterboard ceiling in the grange. I wouldn't mind, but we had people coming to lunch and we were eating in the grange !   Somethings never change (remember Neil ?!!!)


8:30am and the chapon (large castrated cockeral) was in the oven. 11:00 and I was well on the way to being organised for a change. 11:30 and himself finally stopped work which left us 30mins to cl...

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Christmas comes to Viella

Posted by holidaysinthegers on December 22, 2008 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The villagers have been busy all week decorating the village for Christmas. It is a big thing here.  The theme is very much wine/ vine based. I now have the pleasure of half a dozen vines on my verge, decorated with coloured foil, and a 3 foot high wine bottle, which lights up at night, outside my gate.  Do you think someone is trying to tell me something ? !!!

Seriously though, the village looks really pretty, with many of the houses in the centre being decorated with vine b...

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