Monday, April 28, 2008

Plat du Jour en Famille

No response yet from the Mairie - I mean, its not like it is urgent or anything! It seem to be constantly raining so I guess they would not have been working on the roof, but we are hoping that they made it watertight - well as watertight as it was before they started !!

Anyway on with tales from France. On the Wednesday. which was a beautiful sunny day, GWE's cousin, aunt and cousin's husband drove over from their place to visit us and see what a mess we had got ourselves into. When she told me where their house was located, I checked the map and I thought it was 45 mins to an hour away, apparently it is closer to two hours away! But they enjoyed the drive through all the picturesque villages and it WAS a lovely day.

We met them in our village and showed them around the "project", they said it was all very reminiscent of theirs when they purchased it four years ago. Although their roof was sound, it was missing a lot of plumbing, mains drainage and electricity. They had brought lots of photos to show us their progress over the years. Four years later they do have beds, sofas and a fitted kitchen. J has been very resourceful recycling anything that anyone is giving away, she finds by the roadside etc. ! We, of course, are hoping that we can whip ours into shape a little quicker to fit in with our plans (doesn't sound like that is going to happen though does it!!!!).

Anyway we had not seen GWE's cousin and aunt for many years and had never met her husband so it was lovely catching up with everyone, we went to another little village close by, Les Grands Chezeaux, for a great "plat du jour" just 11 euros and then they left visit other friends. Promises all round to do it again as soon as we all coincide en France again. A lovely day. Our biggest regret is that we were so busy catching up, we didn't take any photos for the scrapbooks.

8 comments:

The Lehners in France said...

Hi SITH, it sounds like you really love France and can't wait to be here full time. We are having loads of rain at the mo, but the forecast says it will get warmer in the forth coming week. By the way I've tagged you can you make it back to France to collect you instructions from "The Funny Farm" Debs x

softinthehead said...

Ooh - no sooner said that done - thanks Debs (see how eager I am - and I don't even know what that is!)

Milla said...

well, the food sounds good, but from this perspective the prospect of the work ahead is enough to make me take to my bed - have to point out that we moved where we are 2 years ago and are still deep in piles, unopened boxes, sofas stacked on top of each other - and getting horribly used to it. This is the fourth such house and NEVER AGAIN. Particularly in a foreign language. But then I'm wet. And broke.

Mean Mom said...

Have caught up with your blogs, since you returned. That's great news about your daughter! Glad you had a good week. French red tape sounds like a pain and long distance renovation obviously isn't for the faint-hearted.

Breezy said...

Hi SITH I'm running round everyone catching up Glad the problems with the roof didn't ruin your week. You obviously have the fortitude to see your renovation through

aims said...

You know I love renovating and get all excited hearing others plans.

Hopefully your roof is done soon and you can move on to something else.

Watched Sicko the other night and was totally impressed with France and its health care system. People were so happy to live there and I can see why - not only with that...but from all the bloggers I read who are living in France and loving it!

Makes me wonder what I am missing - but it is in the plans - a month long visit there someday. Perhaps by that time you'll be living there and I can just go around and visit all the other bloggers who live there as well...like the two Debs...and TBNIL... :0)

softinthehead said...

Aims -its a date!

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