Hello Dear Reader,
Has it really been two weeks? This holiday has flown by. I lost the entire of yesterday to a migraine and today on long distance rescue of my son who’s really ill. Mum and dad went to his rescue, got him to a local doctor and are helping him out. Consequently, we’re taking an earlier ferry and are going home tomorrow.
The highlight of today has been the chimney sweep, who also installs wood burners. The chimney is in good condition, didn’t really need sweeping but it’s done and we have the safety certificate for insurance purposes. We explained that we wanted to stick to a budget and wanted a stove from the Brico, even here they try to fit British stoves as the quality is superior and a stove will last a lifetime. A cheap French one will have to do. It’s a huge expense and is in every house we’ve ever had but once it’s in, it’s cheap to run and the heat is amazing.
We’ve also been to the vet….that was cheap too, both dogs fully checked and meds for travelling, €31. At home, our vet charges £36 just to open the door and that’s per dog.
So, pet passports are done, the shutters are rehung and gleaming white and we’ve bought some oil filled radiators that’ll go on timers when the electricity is on cheap rate.
We couldn’t quite finish the kitchen as we brought a few parts that were wrong and we’ll bring the right ones next time. We’ll also replace the sink in due course so the entire kitchen matches and the sink is the right height for me. Bending over a low sink is no good for my back.
All that’s left is to give the house a thorough clean. It’ll be strange as we leave everything here. Next time we come at the end of May, everything, but clean bedding will be here waiting for us. We’ll still be in the flat upstairs for a while as we save some more money each pay day. It’ll be a slow progress but in the end it’ll be home. We were asked, won’t it be hard to go home, I don’t think so and I’m going to enjoy the contrast.
Love Froogs xxxxx