- Still Alice by Lisa Genova and
- The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar.
But more news on France, when we finally arrived, we were itching to see what have transpired in our absence and couldn't wait to see the bathroom transformation:
The before and after:
As we first saw it back in 2007, with ivy coming in through the window, a toilet you wouldn't want to sit on and a scary looking hot water tank in the corner. Looking at the picture it actually doesn't look as bad as it did in reality but even so I think you will agree the present state is a great improvement. Note the vanity unit built by son!
Click on the pictures for a closer look.
We were thrilled with the results of our neighbour's handiwork and rushed up the road to introduce ourselves and convey our delight. What a lovely lady - within minutes were were sat in her back garden with a glass of wine to hand - those are the kind of neighbours we like!
A little later back at the house we found we were in need of a corkscrew (I can't believe son and girlfriend survived for three months without one) and a bread knife to cut the bread made by same neighbour!! So she joined us for the rest of the evening to partake in several mugs of wine (yep - no glasses either). Welcome to France :)
Another transformation later in the week was the front yard. Everytime we get there we have to cut back all the weeds so we decided to take the matter in hand and we totally cleared out the beds, and cut back all the unwieldy "shrubs", put down some membrane to inhibit the weeds and spread gravel. It looks a bit clinical but we are hoping that the lavender we planted will eventually give the yard some colour.