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The first DeJoux House Garden Party

This may be a very foolish thing to do as we have no house and no garden to speak of. However, many people have expressed an interest in seeing the house in the "before" state. Our uber-friend Cindy Gallop will be staying with us so it seemed like a good idea since the weather will be glorious and the brambles are so beautiful now.

We decided to host a small gathering of local friends and some of our new neighbors for a drink by the pond. No kitchen so we can only serve sandwiches. The spring water is perfect for chilling wine and the toilet is still plumbed in (although you have to use a bucket to flush!).

If any of our DeJouxHouse.com friends are in the area from 4.00 -6.30pm on Sunday 30th May, please feel free to pop buy. (All we ask is that you bring some wine to make sure we don't run out).

See you in the field.

Daniel and William

UPDATE: Photos on facebook CLICK HERE

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  1. Will be on the bus tomorrow lugging wine! So looking forward!

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  2. Regrets. Will not be able to attend.Tis a shame, for some reason, we have
    a surfeit of wine this year.

    Paul

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