As mentioned in our previous post our brother-in-law, Al, joined us for a few days in our lovely gite near Salles Lavalette in Poitou Charentes. As a Landscape Architect, we decided that he would be an ideal person to help us with our landscape plans. A lot of our discussions were around designing the entrance and approach to the house. We felt that this was important for a number of reasons, including the fact that once we have a habitable building on site, we need to give it some protection and security. However, it is not something that we can rush either because it is the first thing that people will see as the approach the house.
We discussed a number of options and had a couple of site visits and I think that we all have a similar idea as to what is needed an as to what will work. Tom and Al also visited a few garden centres near Angoulême to get an idea of what is available (plants, stone, aggregate etc) and the costs involved. As there is a Pépinières in Montemboeuf, we hope that we will be able to buy some plants from them as well. We are quite a long way off from planting, but the design stage is in full swing!
Al is now planning to come back to us with a few ideas. Once we have these we will post them here and on our Design page.