Is there anybody there?

April 8, 2016

Ann Walters has politely suggested that a blog with no activity since 2011 leaves a bit to be desired. This is a start.

le Patron

Fran & Ian and…

November 8, 2011

Clocks gone back
Fran & Ian and Holly & Jodie handed over Le Petit Marais in fine order including flowers in the hall.

Max at Le Petit Marais

September 25, 2011

Max at Le Petit Marais

Ruthie insisted on a traditional steps photo for Max’s first visit to Le Petit Marais. He had a great time throwing sticks off the treehouse, playing on/off, on/off, on/off….. with the fountain and hurling himself fearlessly into the Moody pool. Shame about the weather.

Beam Restored

September 6, 2011

Orthopaedic splint on dodgy limb.
Pascal Champion’s equipe have installed a splint on the dodgy beam – excellent.

Another video

September 2, 2011

Neveudave and the Berliners clearly had a good time at Le Petit Marais.
Thanks to Gemma & good to see the trike in another starring role.

Preserves for Codgers

August 30, 2011

Preserves for Codgers

Codgers love tradition which means doing exactly the same as last year unless the Maire has banned them. Last year Le Patron brought along some of his finest preserves so in October……

Figs in Wigs

August 20, 2011

If you go to you will find other Petit Marais based videos from Suzanna Hurst and the Queen Mary’s team who are currently in Edinburgh on the Fringe.


August 19, 2011

Whoops - one too many shuttlecocks lands on beam
One too many shuttlecocks has landed on the beam and the whole north end roof is about to fall down. Quel calamity. The acrow props look a bit dodgy – hopefully scaffold and jacks will be in place pretty soon.

Spike climbing treehouse

September 21, 2010

Spike climbing treehouse

Originally uploaded by Le Patron

The tree house was built by the Codgers a long time ago and its floor had rotted and rungs on the ladder kept snapping under your weight. Not a good look for a tree house. A few decking boards b(r)ought from B&Q and a few hours later and it was restored ready for Spike.

How many men does it take to change a ‘phone line?

September 16, 2010

How many men does it take to change a ‘phone line?

Originally uploaded by Le Patron

For a long time the landline at Le Petit Marais was hopeless and getting worse. Many men came and looked and merely complained it was my fault because of so many tree obstructing the line. One day Allan turned up to discover the pole had snapped off and was lying in the road. The call centre still denied there was a problem but eventually called a man who called another man who called another man until there were five men and three vans – one with a cherry picker. Works perfectly.